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Jaguar Love

  • Jaguar Love [Matador EP, 2008] A-
  • Take Me to the Sea [Matador, 2008] Choice Cuts
  • Hologram Jams [Fat Possum, 2010] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Jaguar Love [Matador EP, 2008]
This three-song skyrocket of an EP begins with the opener and closer of the pained, poetic album it renders a luxury instead of proving a necessity. With a reformed Blood Brother shrieking his mad visions like Kathleen Hanna on Halloween and a Pretty Girls Make Graves guy overseeing the hooky noise-punk, it's like riot grrrl turned into a style after its surprise factor played out. The non-album track shouldn't have been. It's about one Townes Van Zandt fan ditching another in a Spanish train station after the ditchee tells him he's knocked her up. A-

Take Me to the Sea [Matador, 2008]
"The Man With the Plastic Suns," "Bats Over the Pacific Ocean" Choice Cuts

Hologram Jams [Fat Possum, 2010]
Wreaking havoc the piercing, rocking, 808-fueled, screaming-meemie way ("I Started a Fire," "Cherry Soda"). ***