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

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