The new album from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
, Wig Out at Jagbags
, is currently streaming in full over at Amazon
, and will be there until January 6 (that's the day before the album's official release, January 7). While some have noted some Pavement-y sparkles on the new record, I detect something older than echoes from the '90s. To me, Jagbags
bears signs of the combined forces of Malkmus' love of obscure '60s/'70s European psych and prog (fittingly, the album was recorded in the pastoral countryside of Belgium), and Jicks drummer Jake Morris' affinity for classic-rock radio of the late '70s and early '80s (in particular, Steely Dan). But don't take my word for it; give Jagbags a test drive over at Amazon
with your computing machine.