La Isla Bonita
Label: Polyvinyl Records
These Bay Area merry pranksters remain experimental to the core, yet they've rarely sounded more playful, perhaps feeling especially loose after cutting these 10 tracks in guitarist Ed Rodriguez's basement over a few short days. Fragmentary shards of surf rock and girl-group pop drift amid droning feedback, and from the skronk-funk of "Paradise Girls" ("Girls! Who are smart! Girls! Who play the bass guitar!") to The Bangles thrash-slop of "Last Fad" ("Baseball is cancelled"), Satomi Matsuzaki delivers cryptic couplets with ease. As always, keep your eyes/ears on nutso drummer Greg Saunier.