As early previews have hinted (and we’ve stated explicitly), there is something special arriving August 23rd for fans of Pavement and Stephen Malkmus‘ awesome solo/Jicksian catalogue: the latest record by Stephen and the Jicks, Mirror Traffic.
To celebrate the album’s release (and the Jicks recent arrival on Twitter), on August 23rd the band will play a FREE, ALL-AGES instore at Amoeba in Los Angeles at 6PM. Amoeba will be giving away an exclusive commemorative poster with purchase of Mirror Traffic, and Stephen will stick around after the set to sign posters and copies of the new record.
Fun. Almost as much fun as the contest we’re running to replace the word ‘blowjob’ in the song “Senator” from Mirror Traffic. We’ve received over 8,000 mostly credible entries so far (voting closes August 23rd). A few of my personal faves:
What the senator wants is a mohawk.
What the senator wants is a low lob.
What the senator wants is a flash mob.
What the senator wants is am (sic) onslaught.
What the senator wants is a Black Jick.
What the senator wants is a faux pas.
What the senator wants is to know bob (nastanovich).
What the senator wants is a radio song.
What the senator wants is a real job.
What the senator wants is to fuck the life outta SM.
What the senator wants is his wife’s job.
What the senator wants is a robot.
What the senator wants is Gerard Cosloy’s approval.
Now, to reward those of you still reading this post, a heretofore little-seen French acoustic session Stephen recorded with Le Hiboo, featuring a take on the still-unreleased Mirror Traffic gem “No One Is (As I Are Be)”. Yeah, you missed this and it’s fucking incredible:
Finally, you can catch Malkmus con Jicks on their upcoming tour (the incredible Ty Segall supports where noted):
9/20 – Detroit, MI, Majestic Theater – tickets
9/21 – Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre – tickets
9/22 – Ottowa, ON, Ritual – tickets
9/23 – Montreal, QC, Corona Theatre – tickets
9/24 – Boston, MA, Royale – tickets
9/26 – New York, NY, Terminal 5 – tickets
9/28 – Philadelphia, PA , Theatre of Living Arts – tickets
9/29 – Baltimore, MD, Ram’s Head Live – tickets
9/30 – Charlottesville, VA, Jefferson Theater – tickets
10/1 — Saxapahaw, NC, The Haw River Ballroom – tickets
10/2 – Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse – tickets
10/4 – Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge – tickets
10/5 – Indianapolis, IN, Earth House – tickets
10/6 – Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre – tickets
10/7 – Milwaukee WI, Turner Hall – tickets
10/8 – Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre – tickets
10/11- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre – tickets (with Ty Segall)
10/12 – Vancouver, BC, The Biltmore Cabaret – tickets (with Ty Segall)
10/13 – Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom – tickets (with Ty Segall)
10/16 – San Francisco, CA, Treasure Island Music Festival – tickets
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA, The Music Box – tickets (with Ty Segall)
10/20 – Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern – tickets (with Ty Segall)