RTX, ‘JJ Got Live RATX’ (Drag City)
When RTX frontcougar Jennifer Herrema and ex-boyfriend Neil Hagerty split up the perennially underrated Royal Trux, he took the experimental guitar meander (for his barrage of solo and Howling Hex releases), and she took the sex, drugs, and Aerosmith albums. From the dirtball riffing and hammered swagger to the vocal abuse and artwork, everything about this record belongs either blasting out of, or airbrushed onto, a stinky conversion van. Whether you think Herrema’s sleaze smacks of too much effort or is legitimately smacking your ass depends on your tolerance for bands insisting their music isn’t ironic. Over and over again.