News and Notes
The kings (and queen) of ultra-sweetened pogo pop are back with their sixth platter. (Third for their own Merge label.) Promotional materials claim that the band invested $122,000 in a vintage steam organ. "If the songs sounded good when played on the organ they were judged album-worthy." I don't know the blue-book value of the average steam organ, but at any price it sounds like a bargain. The band mixes its trademark blend of soaring guitars, urgent rhythms, and irresistable hooks with subtly effective organ and piano, the end result being a more grown-up work that amply rewards repeated listening.