I’ve been saving this one until after finals and I’m so glad I did. This is such a sweet reward.
MP3: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Baltimore
I’ve always loved Malkmus’ winding lyrics, but on this one he gets psychodelic and poetic at the same time. At times his lyrics even feel … Will Oldham-ish? “For all of your hustle, what did you win? / Woe is the man with the Cheshire cat grin.” So great. At six-and-a-half minutes, it’s quite the voyage, but who wouldn’t want to take a trip with Stephen Malkmus?