Stephen Malkmus has consistently been one of my favorite recording artists. This month he has released a new album, Wigout at Jagbags (2014), with his 90s backing band, the Jicks. There lots of the usual creative and unusual word play one has come to expect from Malkmus. Standout tracks are: "Planetary Motion," "Lariat," "Chartjunk," and "Cinnamon and Lesbians."
A friend of mine was telling me about a client of his business, the SF based rock band, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I had heard of them, but didn't know their music. So when I was checking out where they were form I saw their music described as being influenced by The Brianjonestown Massacre, The Verve, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, T. Rex, The Velvet Underground, Love and Rockets, Daniel Ash, and The Jesus and Mary Chain. I decided to start out with 2013's Specter At The Feast. I immediately liked it and it's no surprise since I like all of their influences as well. The standout tracks include: "Let The Day Begin" (a cover of The Call song the frontman's, Robert Been's father Micheal Been was in The Call and recently died), "Returning," and Teenage Disease."
After hearing Superchunk's excellent 2013 release, I Hate Music, I decided to go back and get their 2010 release, Majesty Shredding. it is another impressive twin guitar power pop outing from this North Carolina outfit, their first in nine years. Standout tracks are: "My Gap Feels Weird," "Learned To Surf," and "Winter Games."