New Music: TV On the Radio, Aquadolls, Parkay Quarts


It’s Wednesday and the jokes on you, Kim Kardashian – my internet breaks all the time and not because of your behind! Today I’m shaking what my mama gave me to these tunes from TV on the Radio, Aquadolls, and Parkay Quarts.


TV on the Radio are streaming their new Seeds album in full on iTunes. It will be their fifth studio album out Nov. 18th via Harvest Records (not the Harvest Records in Asheville, NC but since we’re talking about it click here for THAT excellence).  This is the first album the band has made since their bassist, Gerard Smith, passed away in 2011. I don’t know about you but I doubt I could even check Facebook let alone make an album if I lost a bandmate. But ever the most awesome metaphysical thinker, frontman Tunde Adebimpe said Smith is always present in their creative process.  In case you haven’t seen/heard their video for their single “Happy Idiot,” here it is in all its fast-car-hot-rod glory. Bonus – PeeWee Herman is the driver!

Do you need another adorable beach pop record to add to your Best Coast shrine? Cha bro, waaavvveesss! Take a listen to Aquadolls “Wander,” a song that makes you yearn for tanlines, sand in your bikini bottoms and a summer crush. The Aquadolls Bandcamp has their entire album Stoked On You available for you to cue up for your next surf trip. If you’re reading this in the Midwest you can bet your L.L. Bean duck boots that’s better than a blizzard.

Mike Powell of everyone’s favorite music barometer Pitchfork wrote the perfect summation of Parkay Quarts’ Content Nausea: “Pop history is full of instances of bands creating new identities to free themselves from the imagined strictures of their old ones.” The latest tick on this timeline is Parquet Courts releasing Content Nausea under the moniker Parkay Quarts. It sounds like Parquet Court lead singers Austin Brown and Andrew Savage referenced their favorite eras of punk and not so delicately roughed out an album. In short, it sounds fantastic. Hear the songs “Uncast Shadow of a Modern Myth” and “Everyday It Starts.”

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