Somewhere in the middle between thrift-store indie rock and craziness, resides Portland, Oregon's The Joggers. They proudly wear their Pavement influences, but comparisons to Gang of Four or French Kicks are especially easy.
Head over to the MySpace page, start with Long Distance Runaround to get of a taste of the layered harmonies, jaunty beats and jazz expressionism that make them so great. Below is the video for Hot Autism.
And, no, I have no idea what the hell jazz expressionism is, nor do I care. It sounds just about right.