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If the recent 10th-anniversary reissue of this indie opus proves anything, it’s this: These guys will never, ever repay their debt to the Fall—or to Jim Croce, for that matter. Still, few pop savants have been as masterful in the assimilation department as ringleader Stephen Malkmus. And fewer still have managed to wring such sweet hooks out of base noisecore materials. —Shannon Zimmerman