January 25, 2012
As you know, we here at bws are big Teenage Cool Kids fans and fans of anything those former/current(?) Dentonians touch. Here’s a prime example. One of Andrew Savage’s new projects is this noisy, psych-punk project known as Parquet Courts. The content is pretty varied, ranging from Woodsist influenced psychedelics to more straight-forward punk. The weirdness of Guided by Voices dry-rubbed with Sonic Youth’s more punk influences would be the best way to describe it. This may not be for everyone’s palette, but it’s tickling my taste buds. Pick up a copy from Night Moves Cassettes by emailing : nightmovin [at] gmail.com.
October 11, 2011
So, speaking of Denton… Here’s another solid Denton band. Bad Sports rolls out their newest album of catchy garage rock jams. Bratty tunes that make you want to spit on your neighbor’s sandals. According to what I can find, this is Bad Sports’ second full length and follows at least a couple 7″ singles. Bad Sports features members of the incestuous Denton scene’s other bands such as Wax Museums, The Pumpers, and Secret Bangs. On King of the Weekend you’ll find a healthy mix of other Texan garage rock (see: Harlem and Marked Men) and an obvious nod to the Ramones (I know they sonic comparisons have already been overstated). BUT! Let it be known, they put their own twist on the mixture to keep you interested. Also, take note of the best ode to narcissism since the early 80s Stones’ catalog, “I’m in Love with Myself.” Download this and have you heart melted by the “oohs” of “I May Be Cruel.” Get into it, you screamo nerds.
Big Al, from the great town of Spokane, has been blogging over at Morose Terrior. Check it out if you’re into the scuzzy, the fuzzy, or the blatantly surf inspired jams. I miss him and the guys from the Bamboo Palace dearly. Alex, your 7″ care package is on its way!
October 6, 2011
Haven’t been this excited about an album in a very long time. Ever since 3 songs from this album leaked months ago, I’ve known it was going to be good. Andrew Savage and co. have really refined their song writing, which was already superb. The hooks are catchier, the vocals smooth and quirky, the guitars driving and diverse. Each song has varying tempos and elements, but they’re all tied together nicely with recurring themes. I basically think this record has it all. The description of this album calls it TCK’s “swan song”. I certainly hope they continue writing, but I think this would be a fitting album to end such a great band with. Highly recommended.
November 1, 2010
While we’re on the subject of Teenage Cool Kids, here are three new songs from their upcoming full-length. Denton After Sunset, as of now, is devoid of a release date or reportable track listing. These songs are Teenage Cool Kids at their most refined but least polished since Remember Me as a Silhouette. Still present are all the catchy riffs that we’ve come to expect from TCK, in all of their lo-fi glory. What’s changed the most seems to be Andy Savage’s vocal delivery. These songs showcase a Stephen Malkmus-like disinterest; a definite departure from some of TCK’s earlier work. This newest material also utilizes dynamics in a much more subtle fashion than what was heard on tracks such as “Exile in La Mancha” from 2009′s Foreign Lands. I’m excited to hear what the rest of Denton After Sunset will reveal about the never-ending Teenage Cool Kids evolution.
October 28, 2010
I’ve been waiting for this split for a long time, and the waiting has really paid off. 4 dynamic songs from 2 very different bands (sonically, at least). At first, it might seem like a weird combination, but after a few listens, the split totally makes sense. Splits are so much better when the bands don’t sound like carbon copies of each other, anyway. “Poison Ivy” is definitely the stand out track for me. Scratch your mind.