D.C. post-punk hero and Magpie Cage Studios producer J. Robbins has put together an acoustic EP that maintains the intensity of his hallowed work with Jawbox and Burning Airlines. No Starbucks-friendly hushed vocals or slowed-down strumming here, just J.'s signature, super-sincere bleat, backed by less-busied sounds (cello, acoustic guitar, and a keyboard mostly aping piano) than you're used to hearing. Lou Reed 'Street Hassle'-style cello nervously swings through Burning Airlines' 'Aviary' while a similarly edgy though far less fervid arrangement assists the frustrated 'Spoiler,' a Jawbox classic (the group's B-side '68' also appears), here drained of its anthemic qualities and actually more seething as a result. Pissed-off strums of guitar act more like a percussive device on 'Lorelei' (originally by J.'s new-ish band, The Office of Future Plans, also represented by 'Salamander'), allowing cello to gently move the melody around and J. to gorgeously sing along.