Artist of the Week: Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks is a American rock band currently formed by drummer Jake Morris, keyboardist and guitarist Mike Clark, bass guitarist Joana Bolme and singer-songwriter Stephen Malkmus, the former leader, singer and composer of the highly influential 1990s indie rock band Pavement.
The band formed in 2000, a few months after Pavement announced their hiatus in 1999, and quickly recorded Stephen Malkmus first self-titled solo album, a playful, loose and energetic affair that reminded some of the best chaotic moments of his former band. After 2003’s gloomier and trippier Pig Lip and 2005’s sharp and vibrant Face The Truth, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks released the jam-orientated and unexpectedly proggy Real Emotional Trash in 2008. After the ephemeral reunion of Pavement the following year for a series of benefit shows, the band resumed its career and released the Beck-produced Mirror Traffic in 2011, a much more focused and relaxed record that dropped the Guitar Hero excesses of their previous album.
Wig Out at Jagbags is Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks sixth album and by far the band’s poppiest and most polished record to date, which happens to be surprisingly fit companion to some of Malkmus wittiest lyrics of his career. To paraphrase “Lariat”, to have grown up listening to the music from the best decade ever… still goes a long way.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.