Loving this album. Feel like J. Mascis’ voice has always captured that spirit of not really trying, which was the apotheosis of all things good in the ‘90s. Along those lines, I’m catching up with Wild Flag, too. ‘90s nostalgia really has transformed into something else entirely, hasn’t it?
Really like the new Mountain Goats, too. You can listen to that one here. What’s become of me?
An aside: I blame “Portlandia” and Comedy Death Ray for my newfound appreciation of Aimee Mann. Helen was way ahead of me on this one. The latter show is also responsible for my renewed appreciation of Ted Leo, even though the “Brutalist Bricks” was quietly one of my favorite records last year.
Kurt Vile and Cold Cave are early winners, too.
Feel like this is as good a time as any to mention that the ex.fm Chrome extension finally has me listening to music tumblrs. Maybe that whole “blog j” thing Gerd Leonhard mentioned ages ago wasn’t as silly as I thought.