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Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks perform two songs from ‘Sparkle Hard’ during their set at the 2018 installment of Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.
A free webcast featuring an afternoon set from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at Light Rail Studios in San Francisco is available as is footage of the band’s recent performance at KEXP in Seattle.
Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks perform three songs from their recently released album on ‘CBS This Morning’.
Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks perform “Middle America” for Minneapolis radio station The Current.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Courtney Barnett, Ray LaMontagne, Ryley Walker, Bombino and Parquet Courts.
Watch a documentary short film for the upcoming Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks album ‘Sparkle Hard.’
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About Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
After Pavement announced they were going on hiatus at the end of 1999, the status of one of America’s finest indie rock bands was a mystery for the first half of 2000. It became clearer that summer, however, when it was revealed that both singer/songwriter/guitarists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg were preparing solo albums. Malkmus was particularly busy during that time, performing new songs with Kim’s Bedroom — a one-off group that also included Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Jim O’Rourke — that spring in Holland and recording them at studios near his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Working with him were the Jicks, aka Portland indie rock veterans drummer/percussionist John Moen and bassist Joanna Bolme.
Moen had played with the Fastbacks, the Dharma Bums, and his own group, the Maroons; Bolme played with the Minders and worked as an engineer at Jackpot Studios, where Pavement’s Terror Twilight was demoed and parts of Malkmus’ new project were recorded. Initially, Malkmus intended to release the album on his own or through a local label, but when his old label, Matador, received a copy, they agreed to release it. By the time Malkmus officially confirmed Pavement’s breakup in the November 2000 issue of Spin magazine, Matador announced it was releasing the album — originally titled Swedish Reggae and then changed to Stephen Malkmus — in winter 2001. the Jicks made their live debut that January at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and spent the rest of the winter and spring touring the U.K. and the U.S., including a gig at South by Southwest with labelmates Mogwai and the reunited Soft Boys.
Former Pavement percussionist Bob Nastanovich acted as the Jicks’ tour manager and Elastica leader Justine Frischmann — another friend of Malkmus — joined the band as a guitarist for selected dates. On 2003’s darker, trippier Pig Lib, the Jicks shared credit with Malkmus, reflecting the album’s more band-like feel. Released in 2005, Face the Truth — on which Malkmus embraced domesticity with a whimsical feel missing from his work since Wowee Zowee — featured Malkmus with and without the Jicks, who also supported him on tour that summer. On 2008’s Real Emotional Trash, the Jicks welcomed former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss into their fold, giving the album’s psychedelic free-for-alls greater heft. Mirror Traffic followed in 2011, featuring Beck stepping in as producer and Weiss taking her last bow as the Jicks’ drummer.
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