The Minus 5: Dungeon Golds

Northwestern indie all-stars won't go down without a fight

Credit: Vivian Johnson

"Not ready to die, die, die/Not ready to fold," Scott McCaughey, the guitarist and ringleader of this Pacific Northwest collective, sings in "My Generation," a dirty-glam original that turns the title of the Who's 1965 single into a fighting-senior moment. The 12 songs here first appeared in a limited-edition 2014 five-LP box. This culling from that set, featuring Minus 5 regulars including Peter Buck and Jeff Tweedy, is a welcome sharing of the band's playful way with Sixties pastiche ("It's Magenta, Man!") and vigorous defense of pop classicism's truths and joys. "Hold down the fort while I'm away," McCaughey says in the Byrds-y nugget "Hold Down the Fort," although he doesn't sound close to leaving.