Spark Radio by Nic Harcourt: New Music from Parquet Courts, Girlpool, Dope Lemon + More


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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Spark’s music expert and legendary L.A. radio DJ Nic Harcourt to weigh in on what new music he’s got on repeat at the moment. Below, he shares his newest picks added to his Spark Radio playlist and shares a spotlight on his favorite earworm of the week.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: No Mistakes
Runnner: Colors
Blanketman: The Signalman
Girlpool: Faultline
Haiku Hands: Conclusions
Parquet Courts: Marathon Of Anger
Dope Lemon: Rose Pink Cadillac 
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges: B-Side
Nikki Segal: Auto

It’s December and all sorts of holiday shenanigans are already underway, and people have begun asking me for my favorite albums of the year. The truth is that I pretty much stopped listening to full albums around 15 years ago. Don’t get me wrong if I’m looking forward to a release then I’ll most likely hear the whole album, and when I do my weekly digging and listening, occasionally I’ll hear something that’ll send me down a rabbit hole that can result in listening to a whole bunch of stuff by one artist. But usually, I’m onto the next song and then the next. As a radio guy, and through my work in television and film, I listen to songs for a moment, will it fit into a show, will it help cover a scene in a movie? It’s my job. Relaxing for me isn’t listening to more music, although once in a while I’ll pull a favorite catalog release and crank it while I’m working out or cleaning. The point being I don’t do the “Top 10 albums of the year” thing, however, I am working on my second annual Spark Radio 100 for 2021, which we’ll publish next week, and it’s packed with cool songs released in 2022. Stay tuned.

Until then please take a listen to this week’s fab new adds to the playlist and/or a look at this fab new video (directed by Maria Palena) for their Talking Heads -influenced song “Marathon Of Anger” from this year’s Sympathy For Life album.