“Listen In“ is a weekly feature in which we ask musicians to curate a mixtape-length YouTube playlist of songs they’re currently digging.
Sunbathing Animal, Parquet Courts’ new album, refines the Brooklyn band’s post-punk squall, slowing down and stretching out without sacrificing the energy that made their last two records so compelling. The approach works: “Instant Disassembly,” a seven-minute slow burn, hits you in the chest like nothing else in the band’s catalog, despite being among the quietest songs they’ve ever written.
Frontman Andrew Savage compiled a “Listen In” playlist that displays no such restraint. Aside from one detour into melancholy country-folk by way of Townes Van Zandt, it’s all art-damaged new wave and punk. Bands like The Dead C, Sparks, and Devo show up, with Meat Loaf’s 1981 rave-up “Dead Ringer for Love” closing things out in appropriately tongue-in-cheek fashion.
“Young and Bold,” Clockwork Criminals, 1982
“Ladytron,” Roxy Music, 1972
“Helen Said This,” The Dead C, 1991
“I Predict (Live on SNL)” Sparks, 1982
“Social Fools (Live in Akron)” Devo, 1977
“Moon Over Marin (Live in Houston)” Dead Kennedys, 1984
“Heartworn Highways,” Townes Van Zandt, 1981
“Szewc zabija szewca,” Siekiera, 1985
“Da Da Da,” Trio, 1982
“Negative Guest List (Live),” Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, 1996
“Dead Ringer For Love,” Meat Loaf feat. Cher, 1981