You can really learn a lot from a Nardwuar album. In the guise of 14 catchy garage rock tunes, Nardwuar and his Evaporators have crafted an edifying love letter to lower mainland BC and anything punk associated with it. Its most pronounced reference is a meticulous recreation of the Subhumans' 81 cover photo for Incorrect Thoughts. Vancouver pioneers, float planes and famous local photographers, this could be the most provincial album ever made.
Amazingly, these Nardwuarisms don't weigh down Gassy Jack. Out of the gate, it's Smugglers-style speed pop, with lyrics often so ridiculous you're left wondering why you're gleefully singing without shame to a song like Sasquatch And Me Ate Berries For Free. Also tacked on is his ambush of Courtney Love, a classic Nardwuar confrontation that's bizarrely unrelated to anything else on this righteous new disc.