Woods, Parquet Courts

The Horseshoe Tavern & Dog Gone Blog Present

Woods

Parquet Courts

Jennifer Castle

Wed, July 17, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON

$15.50

This event is 19 and over

www.horseshoetavern.com

Tickets also Available at: Rotate This, Soundscapes, The Horseshoe

Woods
Woods
Woods

The foundations of Brooklyn's Woods lie in the small rear-house apartment bedroom of Jeremy Earl, who took to recording his eerily somber acoustic songs in 2005 as little more than a humble personal outlet. After two early albums and several singles which saw Earl still honing his sound, Woods released "Songs of Shame" in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim and offered the band a chance to develop their live sound on the back of a massive touring schedule. During this period, the live line-up solidified with the inclusion of multi-instrumentalist Jarvis Taveniere, bassist Kevin Morby and cassette-collage maestro G. Lucas Crane. While the band's early recordings had mixed haunting folk and distorted sound-scape journeys, their new live show offered Kraut-rock inspired fugues and Crazy Horse-style romps, infusing Earl's dirges with an off-kilter energy and a sense of looming chaos.

With their live sound now in place, the band released the equally lauded follow-up albums "At Echo Lake" and "Sun and Shade", which continued to explore their signature mix of sun soaked pop and psychedelic meditations. All were released on Earl's Woodsist label which, in addition to being the band's home, has achieved an influential status in its own right, releasing records from Real Estate, White Fence and Kurt Vile, to name a few.

While creating their newest record, "Bend Beyond", the band abandoned their usual recording process, which favored immediacy above all – some songs were recorded just mere minutes after their creation – and instead sought to capture elements of their dynamic live sound. To this end, Taveniere joined Earl in his upstate home in the Fall of 2011 and the pair produced the twelve song album, which features the epic title song, a recent centerpiece to the band's live set.

While the core sound of Woods will always be Earl's strikingly pure falsetto voice spilling dark secrets and twisted images, the group has never been content to coast on established formulas or sonic habits. With the recent addition of Aaron Neveu on drums to the live band, freeing up Taveniere to focus solely on guitar, the ever-evolving group has extensive touring plans for the Fall of 2012 to coincide with the release of Bend Beyond.

- Justin Sullivan
Parquet Courts - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts

Little was said about Parquet Courts’ debut effort, American Specialties. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the quasi-album was an odd collection of 4 track recordings that left those who were paying attention wanting more. A year of woodshedding live sets passed before the Courts committed another song to tape. The band’s first proper LP, Light Up Gold, is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. While the initial rawness of the band’s early output remains, the songwriting has gracefully evolved. Primary wordsmiths A. Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Lyrically dense, the poetry is in how it flows along with the melody, often times as locked-in as the rhythm section.

“This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990’s ‘you can be anything you want’, Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a subconscious return to America’s scandalous origin,” writes Savage in the album’s scratched-out liner notes. Recorded over a few days in an ice-box practice space, Light Up Gold is equally indebted to Krautrock, The Fall, and a slew of contemporaries like Tyvek and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

Though made up of Texan transplants, Parquet Courts are a New York band. Throw out the countless shallow Brooklyn bands of the blasé 2000’s: Light Up Gold is a conscious effort to draw from the rich culture of the city - the bands like Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground that are not from New York, but of it. A panoramic landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for romance or sentiment. It’s punk, it’s American, it’s New York… it’s the color of something you were looking for.
Jennifer Castle - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Jennifer Castle
Jennifer Castle says that she "takes the world very seriously, while believing very much in impossible things." This idea of being rooted in the real world – yet still free to soar in the ether of daydreams – offers insight into the contradictory and alluring world of Jennifer Castle.

After lending her unmistakable voice to a diverse list of recordings – including The Constantines' Kensington Heights, Fucked Up's Year of the Pig and David Comes to Life, as well as albums by Eric Chenaux and Doug Paisley – Jennifer Castle now brings her timeless take on folk music to the world under her own name for the first time. One of Canada's best kept secrets until recently, Castle has managed to stay low-key and grounded in Toronto, Ontario, quietly crafting songs that capture the wonder of those impossible visions.
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2
http://www.horseshoetavern.com/