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    • Deerhoof Announce New Album, Share “I Will Spite Survive” Feat. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner
      Deerhoof have announced a new album, Mountain Moves, and shared its first single, "I Will Spite Survive" (which features Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes). 
    • Temples
      On "Certainty," the euphorically yearning opening track of Temples' sophomore album,Volcano, lead vocalist and guitarist James Bagshaw's voice reaches heavenly notes.
    • The xx Cancel Night + Day Festival Due to Environmental Concerns
      The Night + Day festival was supposed to take place in Reykjavik, Iceland July 14 - 16 with a lineup curated by The xx. Alas just weeks before it was supposed to take place it has been cancelled. 
    • Watch: The Killers - “The Man” Video
      The Killers recently shared a brand new song, "The Man," and announced that their new album will be entitled Wonderful Wonderful. Now they have shared a video for "The Man." 
    • The Horrors Announce New Album for This Fall
      British five-piece The Horrors have announced their fifth album, the fittingly titled V. It's due out September 22 via Wolftone/Caroline and includes the recently released single "Machine."
    • Bedouine
      Great albums originate from fortuitous circumstances. Bedouine's Azniv Korkejian, the Aleppo-born Armenian singer/songwriter by way of Boston, Houston, and eventually Los Angeles, went to Gus Seyffert's studio in hopes of purchasing a reel-to-reel tape machine. 
    • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
      During the 1920s, Alfred Hitchcock worked as a title designer, assistant director, writer and co-director on dozens of features at the peak of the silent era. 
    • Cannonball EP
      It's usually a bad sign when the best song on your new EP is a cover tune. And it's even worse if that song is the opening track. But Amber Arcades' version of Nick Drake's "Which Will" fits so well within their archetypical dream twee sound that there is no drop off with the four tracks that follow.
    • Okja
      The newest film from Korean writer/director Bong Joon-ho bears some key resemblances to his previous effort, the 2013 sci-fi adventure Snowpiercer. 
    • HAIM Announce “HAIM: Behind the Album” Documentary on Their New Album, Share Trailer
      Los Angeles sister trio HAIM are releasing a new album, Something to Tell You, on July 7 via Columbia. Now they have announced a documentary on the making of the album. 
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    • Travis Scott Is The Third Face of Issue 104 June 28, 2017
      Order your copy now!Yesterday it was revealed that Shawn Mendes was the first face of Clash 104 and now, in the second of a double drop today, we are proud to announce that Travis Scott is its third. “I’m taking you on a ride through the city!” Inviting Clash to Houston, Texas, we met the 25-year-old rapper and producer as he showed us the sights and sounds […]
    • Jamz Supernova On The New Sounds Of Lisbon June 28, 2017
      1Xtra selector shines a light on the city's underground scene...Jamz Supernova has never been someone to let borders get in her way. Playing sets across the globe, the Xtra selector has always sought to pick out sounds that no one else has found, regardless of their origin. The always on-point selector is set to play the Clash Summer Issue Launch party […]
    • Wolves In The Throne Room Preview New Album June 28, 2017
      'Thrice Woven' will be released on September 22nd...Wolves In The Throne Room have previewed new album 'Thrice Woven'. The band's journey from black metal to synth abstraction have produced some stunningly intense noises, and their new album promises further voyages. 'Thrive Woven' will be released on September 22nd, with t […]
    • SZA - CTRL June 28, 2017
      A bold, daring album that pushes against the borders of convention...SZA has finally blessed the world with her long-awaited debut label release, ‘CTRL’. With the release of her mixtapes in 2012 and 2014, which occupied realms of wistful, gauzy atmospherics, and loosely-formed ideas on identity, there was a justified buzz around her, and her skill as a purve […]
    • Embark On A Glacial Journey With Spirit Valley's 'TNNLVSSN' June 28, 2017
      Forthcoming on Fuzz Club Records...Spirit Valley are an Amsterdam based duo whose psychedelic pirouettes are a thing of wonder. A two-piece adventure into the realms of sound, each aural construction is laced with different layers, reaching into unusual spaces as a result. Working with London imprint Fuzz Club Recordings, new album 'Negatives' is s […]
    • Premiere: Tungevaag & Raaban - 'Cold Blood' ft. Jeffrey James June 28, 2017
      Check out the video now...Tungevaag & Raaban know how to create an anthem. The Scandinavian pair have been there often enough - huge festival crowds, lights, and song after joyous song. So when the duo sat down with American vocalist Jeffrey James they knew what they wanted. Eager to move in a different direction but still retain that essential Tungevaag […]
    • Billionaire Boys Club EU Pre-Fall 2017 Lookbook June 28, 2017
      Featuring Swoosh Gold...Shot against the kind of brightly coloured townhouses Notting Hill is famed for, Billionaire Boys Club’s new Pre-fall imagery, reads like an ideal guide to Carnival outfit options. Yes, we may still be a couple of months off, but where’s the harm in being prepared? Showing us the way, A$AP Mob affiliate Swoosh Gold, has been captured […]
    • Princess Nokia Signs To Rough Trade, Drops 'G.O.A.T.' June 28, 2017
      Check it out now...Princess Nokia has dropped new cut 'G.O.A.T.' - check it out now. The rap talent is a stellar live force, with her sheer energy seeming to turn each performance into an event. Snapped up by Rough Trade, new material is said to be incoming led by seismic new cut 'G.O.A.T.'. Online now, the crisp production is matched to […]
    • Next Wave #783: Abra Cadabra June 28, 2017
      One of the hottest voices in UK rap...It’s hard to believe Abra Cadabra when he says he hadn’t always intended on making music, such is the intensity of his focus. “When I was like 15 or 16, my bredrin used to play beats and I just used to freestyle,” he says, “but I didn’t pursue it. I didn’t think I would do anything.” Fast-forward a few years and he’s fea […]
    • Premiere: Hero Fisher - 'Sylvie' June 28, 2017
      An eerie, atmospheric video...Hero Fisher seems to imbue every song she places her name against with a rare sense of atmosphere. French-born and British-raised - and yes, that's her real name - Hero released debut album 'Delivery' back in 2015. New album 'Glue Moon' is incoming, with Clash able to share a real highlight from her upco […]
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Best Albums of 2014: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out and Jagbags

Posted by falconi5 on January 14, 2014


stephenCalling Stephen Malkmus and Indie Rock legend would probably not be stretching the narrative. No, not one bit. After all, he virtually invented the Genre with his early 90’s stint with Pavement, played it forward with his solo work, and with The Jicks as he appears here on the splendidly good album Wig Out At Jagbags, he sets the flag in the ground on what should hold up as one of the best albums of 2014, and is daring the rest of the field to capture it.

There is a lot to like here. The almost Kinksian “The Janitor Revealed” is a psychedelic marvel, and “Chartjunk” is based on the real life, mostly fractured and always contemptuous relationship between Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles and player Brandon Jenkins. It is not often a step back three is mentioned in a song, and the Bachman Turner Overdive meets Chicago tunage on the track makes it a must listen for non sports fans as well.

The album has a ragged in a good way feel to it with some real sweet Malkmusian guitar rock and several neo-psychedelic spin-out jams. The clever Pavement style wordsmithing is quick, to the point and nimble, but not overly dense and usually fun. At its core, this is a pop record with a twist.  There are enough improvisational jazz type interludes to make you smarter, and several of the songs including “Cinnamon and Lesbians” would not have been out-of-place on one of the more ear friendly Frank Zappa albums.

The only real bone to pick on this album is the negative light they shine on the best city in Texas on “Houston Hades”  where he says this town is so impressive from a distance, but hey, he was probably here in the middle of a heat and humidity wave that fried his brain, and since the song is so good all is forgiven.

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