Stephen Malkmus
Stephen Malkmus is getting close to completion on his fourth post-Pavement album. According to his website:

Basic trax for album committed to tape. Album Tracked in Northern Montana – 67.4685% completed. Tj Doherty, fresh from a Donald Fagen session in Kauai, kept an eye on the meters. The bears were just coming out of hibernation; it was easy to stay indoors and focus on the riffage. Looks to be done sometime in late June. Apparently, the songs are so BIG that Matador is pushing for an early 2008 release. ‘The world needs preparation, preparation, preparation H!!!!’ said one intern at the label.”

The yet to be titled album will be the first Jicks record to feature former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. While Weiss plans to tour with the Jicks in the future, she will be on the road with Bright Eyes for the summer, forcing Malkmus to make his July 15 Pitchfork Music Festival gig a solo show.