With all the resolution-making and “Auld Lang Syne” singing, it’s hard not to get reflective at the turn of the new year. Ramping up the nostalgia even further are three new releases from some of our favorite bands from the ’90s. So, dig out the flannel and crank up the angst as we rate these records in terms of Gen. X factor.
Author Erin Brady
Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Jan. 14)
Though the group’s origins date to the mid-’90s, this Brooklyn-based band never made grunge or garage rock. Revivalist soul is their bag, baby. The band has always blended horns and heartbreak into meticulous Motown-style jams, and this record is no different. It may not sound very ’90s, but neither did Bill Clinton’s sax playing.
Gen. X Factor: 1/10
Rave Tapes, Mogwai (Jan. 21)
Our favorite Glaswegian instrumental rockers will be releasing their eighth studio album this month, and while it’s recognizably Mogwai, fans may be doing double takes; Rave Tapes adds a more contemporary electronic edge, with eerie synth hooks, to the band’s signature guitar sound. No word yet on whether it will be available on cassette.
Gen. X Factor: 5/10
Wig Out at Jagbags, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks (Jan. 7)
Stephen Malkmus is a god to alt-rock fans thanks to his previous band, Pavement, who recorded the 1994 indie anthem “Cut Your Hair.” (Bonus ’90s points: The song’s video appeared on “Beavis & Butt-Head.”) With the Red Hot Chili Peppers and, duh, Pavement as influences, Malkmus’ latest is the most ’90s-centric of the lot.
Gen. X Factor: 9/10