Slacker Logo


Stephen Malkmus

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. Moving to Berlin just before the release of Mirror Traffic in 2011, Malkmus would use this uprooting of his family as the catalyst of inspiration for his sixth album. Returning to the studio in 2013, Malkmus and co. enlisted the production skills of former Pavement live engineer Remko Schouten to record 2014's Wig Out at Jagbags. ~ Heather Phares
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
Stephen Malkmus

    '90s Indie

    '90s Indie
    2 songs

Albums by
Stephen Malkmus

Top Songs by
Stephen Malkmus

  1.   Song
  2.   Jenny and the Ess-Dog
  3.   Post-Paint Boy
  4.   Senator
  5.   Gardenia by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  6.   Jo Jo's Jacket
  7.   The Hook
  8.   Dynamic Calories
  9.   Church on White
  10.   Witch Mountain Bridge
  11.   Baby C'Mon
  12.   Pencil Rot
  13.   Ramp of Death
  14.   Baltimore by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  15.   Tigers
  16.   Brain Gallop
  17.   Deado
  18.   I've Hardly Been
  19.   Phantasies
  20.   The Poet and the Witch
  21.   Vanessa from Queens
  22.   Discretion Grove
  23.   Gardenia
  24.   Mama
  25.   Loud Cloud Crowd
  26.   It Kills
  27.   Shake It Around
  28.   1% of One
  29.   Dark Wave
  30.   Animal Midnight
  31.   Sheets
  32.   Water and a Seat
  33.   Pink India
  34.   Old Jerry
  35.   Trojan Curfew
  36.   Freeze the Saints
  37.   (Do Not Feed The) Oyster
  38.   Troubbble
  39.   Kindling For The Master
  40.   Us
  41.   No More Shoes
  42.   Fractions and Feelings
  43.   Vague Space
  44.   Craw Song
  45.   Black Book
  46.   Malediction
  47.   Blue Rash Intact
  48.   Keep the Faith
  49.   That's What Mama Said
  50.   Alien Boy
  51.   Sin Taxi
  52.   Leisurely Poison
  53.   Malay Massaker
  54.   Good Kids Egg
  55.   Death and the Maiden
  56.   Hopscotch Willy by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  57.   Cold Son by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  58.   Real Emotional Trash by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  59.   Out of Reaches by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  60.   Elmo Delmo by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  61.   We Can't Help You by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  62.   Wicked Wanda by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  63.   Wow Ass Jeans
  64.   Real Emotional Trash
  65.   All Over Gently
  66.   Asking Price
  67.   Fall Away
  68.   Forever 28
  69.   Gorgeous Georgie
  70.   Jumblegloss
  71.   Long Hard Book
  72.   No One Is (As I Are Be)
  73.   Share the Red
  74.   Spazz
  75.   Stick Figures in Love
  76.   Tune Grief
  77.   Water And A Seat by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  78.   Ramp Of Death by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  79.   Oyster (Do Not Feed The) by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  80.   Vanessa From Queens by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  81.   Sheets by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  82.   Animal Midnight by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  83.   Dark Wave by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  84.   Witch Mountain Bridge by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  85.   Craw Song by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  86.   1% Of One by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  87.   Us by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  88.   Polish Mule
  89.   Liesurely Poison
  90.   Dragonfly Pie