Our favorite things this week include Parquet Courts' desire for you to play along, and Hannibal Burress' adventures in the French Quarter. 

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Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Crosses Canal Street: In 2012, comedian Hannibal Buress came to New Orleans for a bachelor party and did a show at the New Movement Theater while here. That visit shows up in his funny new stand-up special, Live from Chicago. He talks about staring down a rat in Coop’s and organizing his own parade, and neither story cheats and caricatures New Orleanians to get to easy jokes. 

It sounds like Buress likes to party in New Orleans. On a recent episode of Chris Hardwick’s podcast, “The Nerdist,” he talked about smoking dope during Nas set (at Buku, I presume) and having to go back to his hotel. (Rawls)

Court Papers: Canadian rock band Parquet Courts make music that’s potent but masked by simplicity. The punk-influenced group has a classical approach to the music it releases but writes unexpectedly creative hooks and guitar lines that get trapped in your head for days. Parquet Courts announced new album Sunbathing Animal with a single of the same name and, as Stereogum points out, the songs’ sheet music for free. The move turned out to be a self-aware jab at the band’s simplicity; the sheet music is simply the same chords over and over and little else. It’s exciting to see a band have fun with itself when it makes music this unbridled and spirited. “Sunbathing Animal” is impressive because it shares that signature aspect but still signals growth and improvement for a band that could come dangerously close to getting stuck. (Sibille)