Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, 'Wig Out at Jagbags' (January 7th)
After a few years living in Berlin, Stephen Malkmus returns stateside with a new album, the curiously titled Wig Out at Jagbags. A jagbag, for the uninformed, is South Chicago slang that combines two words: jackoff and douchebags. Malkmus & the Jicks are in fine form here, singing about Scattergories, sexual hijinks, and weird-looking teenagers throughout the album's 12 tracks. Early singles "Lariat" and "Cinnamon and Lesbians" find the band at its tight, propulsive best.