Tally Up the Specialties

Well, your Austin Music Minute maven has done it again. DOH!

It’s tough to keep track of so many great bands, then the inevitable brain fart of epic proportions causes a stutter or two. For example, there’s today’s AMM about Parquet Courts. Last year, the Brooklyn-based quartet (some of the members are from Texas, FYI), released the EP Tally All the Things That You Broke, a solid piece of punk-rooted badassery to follow up the equally awesome Light Up Gold (2012). So confident was I in my praises of the band’s debut LP that I overlooked one important fact: Light Up Gold was actually not their debut. Their first happens to be American Specialties, tracks taken from a rough demo that (thankfully) producer David Willingham got his creative paws on in The Echo Lab in Denton and remastered into a total gem, released by Play Pinball Records. As the band will tell you, you really should check it out – if you can find a copy. American Specialties tends to be a tough one to track down, but so worth the search.

And something else worth your while: Don’t miss Parquet Courts headline a Chaos In Tejas show tonight at Red 7, 611 E. 7th St., on the outside stage. The bill includes Radio Activity and Beth Israel. Doors open at 9 p.m. Embrace the Chaos. Recommended.

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