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

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