Wig Out At Jagbags (LP)


Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

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Amoeba Review

01/06/2014

Amid all the reunions of ’90s bands, Pavement’s was an anomaly—no new material, just some shows, a best-of release and then kaput, all within the year 2010. That’s perhaps a good thing, since it gives people a chance to focus on frontman Stephen Malkmus’ work both solo and with the Jicks, which has been largely excellent—and underrated. Wig Out at Jagbags finds Malkmus and co. loose and having fun, but still writing solid songs that stick. After a couple of jammy numbers, the album picks up with the poppy “Lariat,” which funnily seems to call out Malkmus’ own fan base (“we grew up listening to music from the best decade ever!” he sings at the conclusion). Alt-rock revivalism gives way to a piano-led rock ballad on “Houston Hades.” “Rumble at the Rainbo” finds the band poking fun at its own elder status within the underground community—“come and join us in this punk rock tune/come slam dancing with some ancient dudes,” Malkmus sings. The more improvy numbers might lose some people, even if relistening to Pavement finds as much emphasis on exploration as melody, but they always come back with a catchy tune—“Chartjunk” features horns and Malkmus playing a not-jokey guitar solo, and seeming to enjoying every minute of it; “Independence Street” is a Velvets-esque, dry ballad; and “Surreal Teenagers” closes the album on an energetic high. With an album as fun to listen to as Wig Out at Jagbags, we’ll let Malkmus close the book on Pavement and move into a new era.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Planetary Motion
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 03:04
2.
The Janitor Revealed
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 03:34
3.
Lariat
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 03:05
4.
Houston Hades
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 04:45
5.
Shibboleth
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 02:43
6.
J Smoov
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 05:06


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Rumble At The Rainbo
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 01:41
2.
Chartjunk
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 03:48
3.
Independence Street
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 03:00
4.
Scattegories
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 01:53
5.
Cinnamon and Lesbians
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 03:00
6.
Surreal Teenagers
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks 05:38

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