Stephen Malkmus & the Jick – Wig Out at Jagbags

Praise be the indie rock outfit and their insistence on making music their own way and of their own sound. They do not crumble at the altar of the latest musical trend. As a result almost every note on the album is totally joyous. The lack of pressure to construct singles that will be played ad nausea on the radio and be downloaded a zillion times really allows for a free flowing record. Their sixth album together is filled with music to jive to and appreciate the guitar work of. So basically it is what you have come to expect from this magical maestro. That is not to say that there are not some whimsical if not odd moments to be found. A cowpunk sex themed ditty, one called “Cinnamon and Lesbians”, borrowings of the Grateful Dead and The Kinks, and even some 1970s sounding radio friendly soft rock. I’d like to get back to his guitar playing. At times it is astonishing. How his voice and the guitar at time combine to form a killer duo should not go unnoticed.

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