Parquet Courts: March 7, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

March 15, 2013

[Photos courtesy of David Andrako]

The transition from headlining act at DIY Brooklyn shows to opener at the Bowery Ballroom can be a rocky one for some indie bands. Where a scrappy aesthetic plays well when there’s a mosh pit going and you’re closing out a long night to a partying crowd, it sometimes works less well when you’re playing a half-empty Bowery to people who came to see someone else.

Happily, that was not the case for Parquet Courts, despite being the opener on a three-act bill that included fellow Brooklynites Nude Beach and The Men. In fact, if you looked down at the full floor at the start of their set, you could be forgiven for confusing Parquet Courts for the headliner.  The band’s performance more than held up their end of the bargain, with the energy of songs from their debut album, Light Up Gold carrying over just as brilliantly as they did at the band’s raging 285 Kent show that we saw last November. Lest you think Parquet Courts are some lo-fi band that can’t play, be advised that there’s some legitimate guitar shredding going on along with the New Wave-ish rhythm guitar parts, which gives added heft to songs like “Yr No Stoner” and gives the band room to grow their sound in the future.  The band let us know that they were going to be staying up all night this night, as they were flying to Mexico City the following day, followed by ToddP’s Festival Nrmal and SXSW after that.  I hope their audiences to the south have as much fun with them as we did here in NYC.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 supercardiod microphones and a soundboard feed from longtime Bowery engineer Kenny.  The sound is excellent.  Enjoy!

Stream “Stoned and Starving”

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Parquet Courts
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Recorded and produced by acidjack for

Schoeps MK41 (DINa)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, tape exciter, imaging)>Audacity 3.0 (fades, tracking, amplify, balance, parallel compression, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Racing Through the Dark
02 Stoned and Starving
03 Donuts Only
04 Yr No Stoner
05 [banter1]
06 Careers In Combat
07 N Dakota
08 Yonder Is Closer To My Heart
09 Light Up Gold II
10 [unknown1]
11 Master of My Craft
12 Borrowed Time

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10 Responses to Parquet Courts: March 7, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

  1. Scott
    April 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Did you guys also record The Men’s headlining set from this night? I was tehre, it was a great show. I’d look forward to revisiting it if you guys were to post it….

  2. acidjack
    April 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Yes. I am waiting on The Men to approve posting it.

  3. floorpie
    April 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Any word from The Men yet? I was also at this show and would love to hear their set again!

  4. acidjack
    April 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    The Men have approved us to post the recording. It will be streaming only, but we will have it up soon. Thanks for your patience.

  5. floorpie
    May 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm


  6. Gavin
    April 11, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Did you record the Nude Beach set? Would love too see some live recordings from them

  7. Acidjack
    April 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    ^ I did, but they never got back to me about distributing it

  8. Gavin
    April 11, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    That sucks, they’re such a great band.
    Love the recordings BTW, Kevin morby at Rough trade is one of my most listen to recordings

  9. acidjack
    April 12, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Thanks for the kind words. If you like the Morby from Rough Trade, wait for the one I’m about to post from Baby’s All Right in March. Way, way better sound, great performance.

  10. Gavin
    April 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    looking forward to it, i was at that one

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