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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
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Stations Featuring
Stephen Malkmus

    '90s Indie

    '90s Indie
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Albums by
Stephen Malkmus

Top Songs by
Stephen Malkmus

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