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Stephen Malkmus has always hated the Pavement/Nirvana comparison, but Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was Pavement’s own twisted sort of Nevermind: the boldest, brightest, poppiest album of their career and the one that got them on the radio, if only briefly. Pavement were never anywhere near as popular as Nirvana, but they had followed a similar… More »

Few solo careers justify wholesale rebranding. Though it has become common for aging indie rockers to want a “clean slate” following the dissolution of their respective beloved bands, listeners can usually spot an old dog doing old tricks, and a fresh moniker alone is unlikely to persuade them to reconsider their already-established impressions. But unlike… More »

If you don’t know Stephen Malkmus by now, you will never never never know him. The former Pavement frontman’s signature sound was cemented somewhere around 1999’s contented, side-eyed sigh Terror Twilight — the fifth and final Pavement LP in name but Malkmus’ solo debut in spirit — or if you really wanna be a dick… More »

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Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “No One Is (As I Are Be)” Video

Through most of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ “No One Is (As I Are Be)” clip, all we see is Malkmus singing and making droll faces at the camera while seemingly random athletic footage is projected on his face. But towards the end, the video suddenly becomes an absolutely adorable reel of Malkmus and variou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2011 - 12:48 pm

Stream Stephen Malkmus Mirror Traffic

On 8/23, Matador releases Mirror Traffic, the new Jicks album produced by Beck Hansen. It’s been in the can since early 2010 but held back until this year, when the dust had settled from Pavement’s big reunion. Mirror Traffic’s is Janet Weiss’s last bow as a Jick — she’s off and running with old Sleater-ki… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 15, 2011 - 9:45 am

Stephen Malkmus Needs Another Word For “Blowjob”

Steve Malkmus needs help writing an FCC-friendly “Senator.” Your job’s to figure out a replacement for “blowjob” in the oft-repeated: “I know what the senator wants — what the senator wants is a blowjob.” If your entry’s chosen, Malkmus will sing it for the radio-version of the single Matador’s sending to radio stations at the… More »

By: brandon / July 15, 2011 - 3:51 pm

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “Tigers”

Last month we shared “Senator,” from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ forthcoming Beck-produced Mirror Traffic. Now the LP’s opening track “Tigers” has premiered on Cerys Matthews’ BBC 6 Music program. Take a listen. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 11, 2011 - 11:46 am

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “Senator”

You might’ve heard “Senator” live at a Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks show at some point. Here’s the studio version from the forthcoming Mirror Traffic, the new album recorded by Beck in L.A. over the past couple of years/drummer Janet Weiss’s last stand. The track sort of goes out to Anthony Weiner. More »

By: brandon / June 8, 2011 - 9:54 am

Stephen Malkmus Mirror Traffic Details

Matador announced Stephen Malkmus’s latest album with The Jicks today via their Matablog. The record’s called Mirror Traffic, and it was produced by Beck Hansen. Malkmus and Hansen recorded the album in early 2010, but because of Pavement’s touring schedule, they put Mirror Traffic on hold until they had more time. Matador praises Stephen Malkmus’… More »

By: jessica / May 24, 2011 - 4:10 pm

Pavement Play Colbert, Stephen Grills Stephen

“Gold Soundz” was not the best song of the ’90s. It wasn’t even Pavement’s best song of the ’90s. (I’ll make that claim without leaving the confines of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, let alone their larger output from the decade.) Whatever the final score, the reunited group chose the track for their performance on ColbertMore »

By: brandon / September 21, 2010 - 10:47 am

Pavement – “Stereo” (Live At Coachella ’10)

This wasn’t the band’s first time playing “Stereo” this year, and it won’t be the last, but witnessing Pavement reunited firsthand felt so good, if a bit lonely. This was my first Coachella (It’ll be my 7th Bonnaroo in June), and I couldn’t have gotten luckier with respect to the weather and my field guide… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 20, 2010 - 12:54 pm

Pavement 2010 Reunion Begins In Auckland

Pavement launched their reunion tour today at Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand. There’s a 13-hour time difference between Auckland/Brooklyn, so the show already happened. Since we’re here: Honestly, I’d been kind of lukewarm on the reunion thing because I’m generally lukewarm on reunion things (I didn’t bother buying tickets for the NYC shows at… More »

By: brandon / March 1, 2010 - 6:24 pm

10 Years Of ATP In Photos

When the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival first launched, the idea of canonizing an iconic album with a track-for-track live performance was still a novel concept. A decade later the album-recreation bit has become another salable gimmick for non-ATP acts trading on nostalgia to line their post-prime coffers, and even ATP has on occasion conferred the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks/The Fresh & Onlys @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles 7/25/09

Joining Malkmus and his Jicks at the Echoplex in L.A. on Saturday night were the recently loved Fresh & Onlys and Red Cortez. Stephen’s amp started channeling a random Spanish language radio station, but he dryly quipped it was as a new Line 6 pedal. Joker. Photographer Andrew Youssef delivers these shots. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 27, 2009 - 3:01 pm

Stephen Malkmus Is A Daytrotter

In today’s session SM and his Jicks perform “Vanessa From Queens,” “Elmo Delmo,” and a cover of the James Gang’s “Funk #49.” Download at Daytrotter. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 30, 2009 - 2:47 pm

Pavement Didn’t Reunite Over The Weekend

Almost, though! Details at Nashville Scene. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 23, 2009 - 5:29 pm

Steve Malkmus Talks Fantasy Hoops

While we discuss fantasies about a Pavement reunion, Steve Malkmus gives the nerdy ins and outs of his fantasy “hoops” team (“Widespread Perkins”) as well as the league he commissions. It’s not all sports: SM also mentions his Jicks, his favorite live band (Endless Boogie), and words he’s “generally against” (stew, husky, moist, cuddle). Get… More »

By: brandon / January 14, 2009 - 3:56 pm

Pavement May Or May Not Reunite

I’ve been cynical about the flurry of reunions in ’08 (and, you’d assume, ’09) because music has always seemed more enjoyable to me when it involves discovery, not nostalgia. Nostalgia is for my parents. That said, as we mentioned last year, Pavement may or may not get back together to relive their ramshackle live heyday. More »

By: brandon / January 14, 2009 - 1:14 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks & Blitzen Trapper Cover James Gang

Adding another entry to the canon unexpected covers, Steve Malkmus & the Jicks teamed up with stage mates and fellow Portland residents Blitzen Trapper to put a spin on James Gang’s James Gang Ride Again classic “Funk #49.” The hootenanny took place at the Pageant in St. Louis this past Saturday. It involves as much… More »

By: brandon / November 3, 2008 - 3:37 pm

New Stephen Malkmus Video – “Gardenia”

Portland Filmmaker Dan Woods got a bunch of sorta-familiar indie rockers to sing “Gardenia,” which is a fine backup plan when Stephen Malkmus is too much of a Jick to show up to his own video shoot. (J/K, Stevie.) Fortunately Portland is an indie rock theme park and a proven breeding round for fun name-that-cameoMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 22, 2008 - 3:20 pm

Lollapalooza 2008: Friday In Photos

One day into Lolla, and Radiohead have already made the trip worth it. Also Chuck Bass — we saw him chilling in the media area. Kanye, Wilco, and Obama (ha) are on deck. Rest assured we are charging our camera batteries and will muscle our way through Grant Park’s sell-out crowd to take too many… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 2, 2008 - 3:30 pm

New Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Astral Facial” (Live At The Siren Festival)

I was in the slightly cooler climes of Pitchfork, Illinois this past weekend and didn’t make it to Siren Festival, but NYC Taper ably recorded Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks’ Real Emotional Trash-heavy set on Saturday, so I’ve been able to listen to that, minus extreme heat or the smell of funnel cake (though you… More »

By: brandon / July 22, 2008 - 9:35 am

Islands And Annuals And Jicks: Siren Fest 2008 In Photos

I couldn’t make Siren Festival this year and Amrit and Brandon were at Pitchfork, so … how was it? Based on the photographic display from Kyle Dean Reinford I guess sweaty? How was the sound? Did you shoot the freak? After the jump, pics of every act who played the festival, along with some scenery… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 21, 2008 - 2:58 am