Tied to a Star
Label: Sub Pop Records
J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, that sloppy-torrid guitar god, leads with "Me Again," which not only channels Bon Iver via the mature solo acoustics you'd expect, but also ends with a piano coda you'd never put the "slacker" tag on. It's followed by the ultra-catchy "Every Morning," which might be his most radio-deserving song ever. Turn over a new leaf? Nah, too much work. But this is a dude who uses his laid-back acoustic record to show you how upright and focused he actually is.