Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room album was Wide Awake!, the new album by Parquet Courts – out now on Rough Trade.

There was reason to be a bit skeptical when it was announced that Parquet Courts would be teaming up with Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton for their new album, Wide Awake! Danger Mouse’s recent credits include U2’s Songs of Innocence and Portugal. The Man’s chart-topping Woodstock, while this band had become known for keeping it raw and real. It was out of that lo-fi punk rock mentality that a lot of the excitement came (of course, the songs have always been great, too).

Those concerns are put to rest immediately as the album opens. A balance is found, and the band’s energy is maintained, even amplified when it needs to be, with moments of Burton’s signature bluesy-pop sound and a level of restraint that benefits these songs greatly. There’s a range here that we haven’t heard from Parquet Courts until now, and it all works to serve the songs, and the messages. As stated in a press release, this is “an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism.




-hour 1-

Supergiant – Valley Queen – Supergiant

The Heart Is A Muscle – Gang of Youths

Turtleneck – The National – Sleep Well Beast

All Wordz Are Made Up – The Voidz – Virtue

Break-Thru – Dirty Projectors – Lamp Lit Prose

Magazin – White Denim – Performance

My Smile Is Extinct – Kane Strang – Two Hearts and No Brain

Raindrop Blue – King Tuff – The Other

I’ll Be There – Michael Rault – It’s a New Day Tonight

Fall Apart – Maps & Atlases – Lightlessness is Nothing New

Hallelujah (So Low) – Editors – Violence

I Need Your Love – Albin Lee Meldau – About You

Ultimatum (feat. Fatoumata Diawara) – Disclosure

Masseduction – St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION

–hour 2-

No Going Back – Yuno

Plastic Skeletons – Jealous of the Birds – The Moths of What I Want Will Eat Me in My Sleep

Those Last Words – High Sunn – Missed Connections

Jesse – Frankie Cosmos

Something For Your M.I.N.D. – Superorganism – Superorganism

Happy Man – Jungle

Limited Edition Heart – Gruff Rhys – Babelsberg

Strange Effect – The Shacks – The Shacks EP

God Save The Jungle – Benjamin Clementine – I Tell A Fly

For The Lonely Ones – Lucero

21 – Samia

Side Tracked – Born Ruffians

Why – Animal Flag

Let’s Find An Out – Snail Mail – Lush

Ocean (feat. Dave Gahan) – Goldfrapp – Silver Eye (Deluxe Edition)

Agree – POLICA – Music for the Long Emergency

Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae

-hour 3-

Hammer – Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life

Intro of Light – Fan – Barton’s Den

Big Train – Pllush – Stranger to the Pain

Concrete – Shame – Songs of Praise

Shiggy – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard


Total Football – Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!

Before The Water Gets Too High – Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!

Wide Awake – Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!

Four out of Five – Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Deadcrush – Alt-J – RELAXER

God Break Down the Door – Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

Fruity – Rubblebucket