Wig Out at Jagbags is the sixth studio album by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. It was released on January 7, 2014 by Matador Records.
Wig Out at Jagbags is mostly another opportunity for Stephen Malkmus to get his ‘ o. Like the majority of the band’s output, more than half of the album is for people who thought Range Life was the apogee of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, filled as it is with lazily blitzed psychedelic rock that sounds like Country Joe and the Fish took the brown acid. The guitars sound on loan from the Guess Who on tracks like opener Planetary Motion, buzzing harmlessly over Malkmus’s silly Dadaist musings, as the rhythm section clomps along as if teaching basic motor skills to a kindergarten class
By 2014, Stephen Malkmus’ solo career has casually strolled for longer than his original band, Pavement, put in the effort. By keeping the music relatively light and his lyrics closer to epigrams than emotionally invested l-union addresses, Malkmus and his solid (if somewhat anonymous) backing band sway through songs littered with quirky references (naturally) and jammy-indie-classic rock guitar riffs just a mite flashier than anything Pavement tried
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Wig Out at Jagbags Tracklist. 1. Planetary Motion Lyrics. 2. The Janitor Revealed Lyrics. Producers Remko Schouten. More Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks albums. Show all albums by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. S. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.
Wig Out at Jagbags is exceedingly comfortable with Malkmus's feted past as a pop slacker-savant. It's OK with the idea of having fun, like Pavement did. It seems comfortable, too, with the idea of a late 80s/early 90s revival. There's even a little Pixies-grunge fusion in a song called Shibboleth, with its Kim Deal-in-Doc Martens bassline and Black Francis guitar squeal. Rumble at the Rainbo, though, finds Malkmus appearing to hate the idea of being stuck in the past, poking fun at reunions and ossified musical tastes. Fran "Travis" Healey was Malkmus's neighbour in Berlin and organised some local dads to be the brass section on songs such as Chartjunk and J Smoov.
Even if Wig Out at Jagbags is quieter than, say, 2008's churning Real Emotional Trash, it feels looser than most of the Jicks records; the compositions are tight but the attitude is ragged, which winds up being more infectious and fun than albums where the songs drift but the instruments are tight. This album clearly states that we will have Stephen Malkmus for a while, and The Jicks are at their most steady point. I liked more Mirror Traffic, but the melodies in Wig Out At Jagbags are more complex with Malkmus characteristic lyrics, and the addition of new instrumentation and great song structures. Chartjunk and J Smoov are masterpieces and are two of the best songs I have heard all year.
Wig Out At Jagbags is Stephen Malkmus' sixth solo effort with the Jicks and finds the formerPavement leader (alongside Joanna Bolme, JakeMorris & Mike Clark) at his most playful and joyous in recent memory. The album, written in Berlin & recorded in Belgium with longtimePavement and Jicks associate Remko Schouten is a looser, more unbridled affair that gathers those trademark guitar moves and lyrical acrobatics into an amalgam of what SM himself calls: "Projected Imaginings of Rock and Roll from the freezing north, rendered by West Coast stalwarts and a Dutch Uncle"
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|7||Rumble At The Rainbo|
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Recorded live 2013 at La Chappelle Studios, Ardennes-ish, Belgium
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