Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbag’s (Stream)

by Steven Spoerl

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks have become an institution; a fixture that survives line-up changes without sacrificing its sound and one of the more consistent vehicles out there. 2008’s Real Emotional Trash and 2011’s Mirror Traffic both highlighted Malkmus’ woozy faux-jam band tendencies and distinctive style. Now, Amazon (of all places), is offering up a full stream of the band’s stellar soon-to-be-released 2014 full-length, Wig Out at Jagbag’s in which Malkmus & Co. get a little weirder and a little woozier than they have in the past, while completely retaining their sense of lackadaisacal fun. Both Malkmus and the Jicks really let themselves go and presents the band in one of their most unhinged stages yet. From top to bottom, Wig Out at Jagbag’s is a fun trip. If all 2014 releases end up being this strong, it’ll be one hell of a year.