Long Hard Book
"I cannot even do one sit-up/ Sit-ups are so bourgeois." We rely on Steve for such loopy bon mots, and he delivers on Mirror Traffic, his first post-Pavement-reunion outing with his long-running post-Pavement band. Earlier Jicks efforts were knotty and proggy and intimidating, but this one's warm and sweet, full of cheery guitar noodling and fuzz-pop delights like "Stick Figures in Love." Full of great titles ("Forever 28") and great lines, there's a refreshing air of open-hearted uncoolness.