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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Typically, in this space, we do the week as a Thursday-to-Thursday thing, and we wait a week to consider any videos that come out the same Friday as this column runs. As you may have noticed, one Beyoncé Knowles happened to give us a new “visual album,” with 17 new music videos, just last night. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 13, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Cinnamon And Lesbians” Video

Last month we heard (and dissected) “Lariat,” the lead single from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ upcoming Wig Out At Jagbags. Now comes our second taste from the album in the form of director Jay Winebrenner’s “Cinnamon And Lesbians” video. Like “Lariat,” the song is absolutely not going to shock anyone who’s been listening to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 10, 2013 - 10:42 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The Week That Was had already delivered to us a pretty impressive number of worthy songs for inclusion in this list, and then, outta nowhere, Death Grips dropped a whole new album, giving us 10 more songs to sort through for this feature (Government Plates goes 11 tracks deep, but the previously released “Birds” wa… More »

By: Stereogum / November 15, 2013 - 1:30 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

In a week full of big music videos, the one that generated the most conversation was, logically enough, the one that raised the most hackles. In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to addre… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013 - 10:59 am

With “Lariat,” Stephen Malkmus Moves On To Meta-Nostalgia

“Lariat” is boilerplate Jicks. Despite being ostensibly upbeat — even “ebullient” — the song skates ahead softly with that same graceful melancholy that’s been following Stephen Malkmus around since at least Terror Twilight (and frankly haunts much of Brighten The Corners too after they dispense with the fact-checkin’ cuz). It rides in with those twisty… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 13, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat” Video

Malkmus is back! Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks made their big return to the stage (and played a few new songs) last week in Portland, and now they’ve announced plans for their excellently titled new album Wig Out At Jagbags. Here’s what Malkmus has to say about the album in a statement:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2013 - 8:36 am

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Preview Wig Out At Jagbags, Cover Led Zeppelin & Velvet Underground In Portland

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ sixth album, the excellently titled Wig Out At Jagbags, is out in January via Matador Records. The band, which consists of Malkmus, Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme, and Jake Morris (who replaced drummer Janet Weiss after Minor Traffic), previewed some of the songs from the LP at a hometown show at… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 9, 2013 - 6:11 pm

The 10 Most Anticipated Record Store Day 2013 Releases

It’s that time of the year again, everybody! The best holiday of the year (yes, better than National Ferris Wheel Day AND Leif Erikson Day) has returned. I’ve been going to Record Store Day since 2009, and even when I didn’t look up the releases beforehand, I’d still walk out of my favorite record store… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 16, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Watch Stephen Malkmus Cover Can’s Ege Bamyasi

This past weekend, Stephen Malkmus helped to celebrate the 40th anniversary one of his favorite albums, Can’s krautrock masterpiece Ege Bamyasi, by covering the album in full at Week-End Fest in Can’s hometown of Cologne, Germany. The local band Von Spar backed him up. Below, check out professional footage of Malkmus and Von Spar playing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2012 - 10:24 am

See Stephen Malkmus In High School

That adorable face you see above belonged to one Stephen Malkmus, back when he was a junior in high school. It comes from a Santa Barbara high school newspaper profile of Malkmus, presumably the first of many, many Malkmus profiles to come. In this one, we learn that he enjoys playing both soccer and lacrosse,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 27, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

Where were you in ’92. The music world was fascinated by “alternative rock,” which was culturally ascendent and extremely commercially viable: 120 Minutes held sway, Nirvana were a year into (and nearly drowned by) their sea change moment, and Lollapalooza was a thing that had just recently come into existence and would even come to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 20, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Hear Stephen Malkmus Cover L.A. Guns

Last month, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks teamed up with the glam-metal veterans L.A. Guns to cover each other on a split single for Matador’s Singles Going Home Alone story, and it took forever for either song from the 7″ to make it to the internet. Trust me, we’ve been looking. But now you ca… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 16, 2012 - 9:16 am

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Ty Segall @ Music Box, Hollywood 10/19/11

Armed with some witty stage banter and clever lyrics, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks stopped by the Music Box in support of their latest album Mirror Traffic. Malkmus and the Jicks also delved into their back catalog by dusting off “Discretion Grove”, a super jammy “1% of One”, a synthesizer fueled rendition of “Pencil Rot” and… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 20, 2011 - 10:32 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week’s music-video MVP was whoever was responsible for researching New York signage in Kindness’s “Cyan” video. That must’ve taken a lot of work! As good as that video was, though, it couldn’t make it onto this week’s list. There’s just too much great stuff out there. Let’s get cracking. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “Senator” Video (Feat. Jack Black)

The Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks song “Senator” has a video now, and it’s a doozy. Jack Black, hamming it up hardcore as always, plays an unstable, cattle prod-wielding politician who tries to party with his much-younger campaign aides. Things, as you’d imagine, do not go well. Gary Cole, the boss from Office Space, get… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2011 - 9:47 am

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “Tigers” Video

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks already have a video for one Mirror Traffic song, “No One Is (As I Are Be).” And now there’s another one, for “Tigers.” Malkmus and his band don’t actually show up in this one. Instead, a horrifying jungle cat stalks its prey through an unforgiving urban landscape. If you think… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 7, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Play Fallon

Last night Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks took Mirror Traffic’s “Senator” to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, though it didn’t appear that Malkmus had indeed swapped out the song’s lyric “blow job” for “corn dog” as promised. Then why even have the contest?! Perhaps he was busy stoking an arbitrary, perhaps imagined beef with Mumford… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 31, 2011 - 10:52 am

Malkmus Debuts “Independence Street” At Other Music

Corn dog enthusiast Stephen Malkmus dropped into the East Village’s Other Music last night to stump for the recently released Mirror Traffic. He played a previously unheard new song, “Independence Street,” and also launched a (debatable) Mumford and Sons barb (about 3:48 into the second video). More »

By: Corban Goble / August 26, 2011 - 4:34 pm

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks @ The Village Studios (KCRW) Los Angeles, 8/24/11

Fresh off their performance at Amoeba Records, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks stopped by the Village Studios for two “rock blocks” for KCRW. Performing eight songs from Mirror Traffic, Malkmus talked about working with Beck, possibly playing a Pavement song(s) during their upcoming tour, and unveiling that new radio friendly version of “Senator.” Bonus pic of… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 25, 2011 - 9:13 am

Stephen Malkmus Picks “Blow Job” Winner

Last night in a live webcast celebrating the release of Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks’ solid Beck Hanson-produced LP Mirror Traffic, Mr. Malkmus announced the winner of the band’s contest to find a suitable, FCC-friendly replacement for the phrase “blow job” in the band’s single, “Senator.” And, the winner is just as anticlimactic as you… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 24, 2011 - 12:16 pm