Parquet Courts - ‘Light Up Gold’ + Rattlesnake
Ingredients: 2 ounces rye whiskey, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, 1/2 ounces maple syrup (Grade B), 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters, egg white, lemon peel for garnish.
Mixing Instructions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice and shake well, about 15 seconds until the egg white is foamy. Add ice and shake another 15 seconds, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add lemon peel for garnish and serve. (via Beretta)
Notes: Post punk, indie, garage rock…all of these could in one way or another describe the infectious, straight-forward music found on Parquet Courts debut LP (technically their second album, the first being a casette-only release) - but half the time I don’t know what these descriptors really mean anyway and in this case it doesn’t matter…it’s just great music. Bare-bones rock with a timeless punk vibe that’s refreshingly focused. The liner notes explain, “This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990’s ‘you can be anything you want’, Nickelodeon-induced lethargy…” Lead singer Andrew Savage spends the album poetically observing the fallout from such engineering. Take a night, mix yourself a cocktail with a dark underbelly and enjoy a nod to the best parts of underground rock.