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    • Fazerdaze Wanders Times Square in the “Bedroom Talks” Video (Plus New U.S. Tour Dates Announced)
      Fazerdaze is the promising new bedroom recording project of New Zealand's Amelia Murray. She released her debut album, Morningside, on the venerable Kiwi label Flying Nun back in May. We previously posted the videos for "Lucky Girl" and "Take It Slow." Now she has shared a video for "Bedroom Talks" in which she wanders Time […]
    • Moses Sumney Shares “Lonely World” Video, Plus Stream His Debut Album
      Moses Sumney released his debut full-length album, Aromanticism, today via Jagjaguwar. He has now shared a video for "Lonely World." Allie Avital directed the black & white clip, which features Sumney on an alien world where he is seduced by a strange creature. 
    • Album of the Week: The Horrors
      The Horrors released their fifth album, the fittingly titled V, today via Wolftone/Caroline. Usually for our Album of the Week posts we have an especially written detailed write up of why the album is the week's best, but these week various factors prevented us from pulling that off.
    • The Verve - 11 Previously Unreleased “Urban Hymns” Era Tracks Have Surfaced Online
      The Verve recently put out a deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of the British band's classic 1997 album Urban Hymns (the one with "Bittersweet Symphony," "The Drugs Don't Work," and "Lucky Man" on it). It includes various unreleased tracks and demos, but now, as Stereogum reports, even more unreleased tracks not included […]
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - Gracie and Rachel on Music Industry Misogyny and Mansplaining
      The backgrounds that form the soaring orchestral pop echoing out on Gracie Coates and Rachel Ruggles' self-titled debut as Gracie and Rachel can be reduced to a west coast/east coast duality. Hailing from California, and now based in New York, there's the majestic lightness of the golden state, and the urban isolation of NYC.
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - Gracie and Rachel on Music Industry Misogyny and Mansplaining
      The backgrounds that form the soaring orchestral pop echoing out on Gracie Coates and Rachel Ruggles' self-titled debut as Gracie and Rachel can be reduced to a west coast/east coast duality. Hailing from California, and now based in New York, there's the majestic lightness of the golden state, and the urban isolation of NYC.
    • Iron & Wine on “Beast Epic”
      Job satisfaction is never a concern for Sam Beam. The simplistic joy of musical expression he experienced recording as Iron & Wine for the first time is still the dominant feeling in the studio 15 years later. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that the vulnerability that marked those first few records is still front and center on his latest album, Bea […]
    • POND Shares “Colder Than Ice” Video Featuring Kirin J Callinan, Announce U.S. Tour Dates
      Australian psych-rockers POND released a new album, The Weather, back in May via Marathon Artists. The album was produced by Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker. Now they have shared a video for "Colder Than Ice."
    • Depeche Mode Share Cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” in Honor of Song’s 40th Anniversary
      Depeche Mode released a new album, Spirit, earlier this year via Columbia. Now they have shared a cover of the David Bowie classic "Heroes," in honor of the song's 40th anniversary. Tim Saccenti directed the video of the band performing the song in the studio. 
    • Cults Share New Song “Right Words”
      Cults (the duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion) are releasing a new album, Offering, on October 6 via Sinderlyn. Previously they shared its title track (also its opening track), which was one of our Songs of the Week, the album's second single, "I Took Your Picture" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week), and a combined video for […]
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    • JMZ Merges Japanese Pop And Late Nights In Flatbush On 'Church Ave' September 22, 2017
      Tune in now...Armed with a MacBook and hours racked up on YouTube tutorials, 25-year-old Birmingham based JMZ set out on a mission to channel the inspiration he took from Sango, Kaytranada and Just Blaze and come up with his own blend of instrumental hip-hop. With his debut mixtape ‘Let Me Be Great’ set to drop soon via London label Province, the rising beat […]
    • Clash DJ Mix - Mark Fanciulli September 22, 2017
      A special Social Festival flavoured set...Techno weekender The Social is set to toast its fifth year in barnstorming fashion this month. Returning at the tail end of September, the diverse and eclectic line up zooms from Jackmaster to Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Guy Gerber, Black Coffee, and more. Running between September 29th - 30th, the event will feature a se […]
    • Barns Courtney Shares New Cut 'Champion' September 22, 2017
      His debut album is due in days...Barns Courtney has shared his new stomper 'Champion' ahead of his incoming debut album. The songwriter has been on our radar for some time, a confident, extrovert performer who has worked hard to earn the acclaim coming his way. With a debut album set to drop next Friday (September 29th), the time is right for Barns […]
    • Listen: The Ninth Wave - 'Liars' September 22, 2017
      Glasgow group unleash debut EP 'Reformation'...Glasgow's The Ninth Wave have placed seismic new cut 'Liars' online. The band's outrageous live show have sparked huge word of mouth hype, with a recent packed out London show underpinning their enormous potential. New EP 'Reformation' is out now, a kind of gothic no-wave […]
    • Good Trip, Bad Trip: Kim Churchill September 22, 2017
      The self-styled "young Australian busker" reveals his touring tales...For a self-styled "young Australian busker" Kim Churchill has certainly come a long way. After all, most Australian buskers don't enjoy vastly successful releases, international tours, and huge crowds. Gaining broader and broader appreciation, new album 'Weigh […]
    • Premiere: Georgie Keller - 'BUZZ' September 22, 2017
      A rising pop prospect...London's Georgie Keller is blessed with a distinctive pop voice. The way he approaches each track, the way he executes each project makes him stand out from the pack, a real individual with an unforced nature. New single 'BUZZ' is aptly named, as it will no doubt serve to heighten the blistering hype around his music. R […]
    • Eleanor's 'Under My Skin' Is A Real Pop Statement September 22, 2017
      Manchester artist turns solo with real confidence...Eleanor may well be familiar to you. Earning acclaim as one half of Manchester synth pop duo Girl Friend, she recently decided to focus on some solo recordings. Excelling in their simplicity and addictive in their melodic nature, Eleanor's material has quickly grabbed attention. A real statement of pop […]
    • Foo Fighters - Concrete And Gold September 22, 2017
      A mixed and somewhat unsatisfying return...It may seem overly simplistic, but it is possible to split most of the Foo Fighters' songs into two distinct categories; The heartfelt, emotive songwriting of ‘My Hero’, ‘Best Of You’ and ‘These Days’ and the OTT, frantic quasi-metal of ‘All My Life’, ‘The Pretender’ and ‘White Limo’. Interestingly, recent sing […]
    • Premiere: Common Body - 'Luck Of The Draw' (Man Duo Remix) September 22, 2017
      A superb, exploratory take on synth pop...Common Body is the latest mission from Cherish Kaya and Georgia Lee, two London-based musicians whose ventures always make for fascinating, perplexing listening. The duo are currently fixated on the more artful end of synth pop, with new single 'Luck Of The Draw' recalling everyone from Hot Chip to Pet Shop […]
    • Listen: Benin City - 'Take Me There' September 22, 2017
      New album due next year...Benin City are back on active operations - new single 'Take Me There' is out now. The London trio fuse cutting edge club tropes with spoken word, producing some startling results in the process. Back once more, Benin City plan to release a new album through Moshi Moshi next year, and a small hint is already online. 'T […]
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
      We sat down with John Calabrese, bassist of Danko Jones to talk about the band's impressive 20+ year career, most memorable moments and their newest album Wild Cat.  Interview: Danko Jones by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Kid Koala July 20, 2017
      Kid Koala chats with us about his chaotic party show Vinyl Vaudeville, his new album Music To Draw To: Satellite and working on . Interview: Kid Koala by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • The Lemon Bucket Orkestra July 19, 2017
      A Toronto music staple Lemon Bucket Orkestra had humble origins as buskers in Kensington Market, the band’s ringleader Mark Marczyk spoke to the Chart Attack team about the evolution of LBO and their drive to keep performing live for (and with) their ever-growing audiences. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
      Mix Master Mike put on an epic show in Quebec City on Friday and again in Toronto last night. We chatted with him about his tour with Metallica and his new Virtual Reality work. Interview: Mix Master Mike by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: The Dirty Nil July 14, 2017
      The Dirty Nil played one of their biggest shows in Canada yesterday. We caught up with the band just before the show to talk about opening for The Who, touring and Minimum R&B. Interview: The Dirty Nil by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: A Tribe Called Red July 13, 2017
      A Tribe Called Red played their biggest show in Quebec yesterday at Festival d'été de Québec. We caught up with Bear Witness just prior to the festival to talk about We are the Halluci Nation. Interview: A Tribe Called Red by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • FEQ in 2 Days! July 4, 2017
      Celebrating their 50th year this summer,  Festival d'été de Québec is throwing an epic bash from July 6th to July 16th. FEQ in 2 Days! by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt June 30, 2017
      The unconventional songwriter has been making waves with the release of his fourth album. Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) June 17, 2017
      Wednesday, June 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern: dance-punk at its finest REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

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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