Japanese Monsters: Sarcasm, cynicism, and “I’m-over-it”-isms abound. It could be said that they’ve been huffing Off With Their Heads’ model glue fumes, but that wouldn’t be completely fair. These two songs show a nice range, from a direct punch to one more spooling, filled with a caustic tension. Ready The Jet: I miss Superchunk—I unabashedly celebrate their entire catalog, even the slower stuff—and that style of indie rock. The power and brightness of jangling guitars. The positive bounce. The poetic-without-wincing lyrics. Softer voices sung rather than shouted. Tight rhythm section. Excellent split.