Prior to tomorrow’s show at LA’s Greek Theatre with Courtney Barnett and Waxahatchee, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks visit KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” for a live session today at 11:15 pacific time.
Stephen Malkmus interrupted an afternoon otherwise spent sitting around an empty Denver venue waiting to soundcheck with the Jicks by visiting Colorado Public Radio’s “Open Air” for the 3-song acoustic sesssion below (AND DON’T THINK WE AREN’T GRATEFUL)
The Jicks return to the road October 5 in Los Angeles supporting Courtney Barnett. Check the schedule below — there’s a new headlining date ate Brooklyn Steel on January 25 of next year.
During the first leg of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ Sparkle Hard tour, the group stopped off at KEXP’s Gathering Space in Seattle to play tracks off the new album. Those performances are online now, and The Jicks are back on the road too, performing tonight at Slim’s in San Francisco. Before their show, they’ll be live-streaming a session at Light Rail Studios at 6pm EST/3pm PST, which you can watch HERE.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have been on a tear this year, releasing their new album Sparkle Hard, performing on CBS This Morning, releasing mini-documentaries, and touring across North America. Today, Malkmus and director Brook Linder release an acoustic version of Sparkle Hard track, “Solid Silk.”
The Jicks are back on the road beginning next Tuesday in Petaluma, carrying on to a few more sold-out dates in California. See their full itinerary below, including UK/EU dates in October.
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks visited the set of “CBS This Morning” this past Saturday for performances of ‘Sparkle Hard”s “Solid Silk” and “Refute”, along with Stephen being interviewed by the program’s Anthony Mason (below)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour (new date in bold) :
After a wait some might describe as “interminable”, or perhaps even “long”, ‘Sparkle Hard’, the latest & greatest album from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks is now available to purchase or download. If you’re in the Seattle area this coming Tuesday, consider making your way to KEXP’s Gathering Space at noon AND NOT SIMPLY BECAUSE IT’S A LOVELY SPACE FOR GATHERING(S).
Via director Brook Linder, here’s an acoustic performance of Stephen Malkmus’ “Middle America”. The Jicks’ previously announced US tour commences June 1 ; the June 14 date at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg is sold out but a second show has been added the following night (see below).
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear an extended conversation between author/screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (left) and guitarist/vocalist/fantasy sports enthusiast Stephen Malkmus (right)? Me neither, but your opportunity to do so can be found above!
During January’s week-of-release whirlwind of NYC activity for the release of ‘Wigout At Jagbags’, SM & The Jicks took up Bobby Bonilla’s kind offer to show them the Bronx and topped it off with a session at WFUV. “Shibboleth” is shown above ; there’s also versions of “Lariat” and “Scattegories”.
The 6th album of studio mastery from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, the not-at-all Dag Nasty baiting ‘Wigout At Jagbags’ is in finer record stores and is available from all better digital retailers today. (ALSO AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM US).
As previously mentioned, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and Momofuku’s Milk Bar have joined forces to bring us Wig Out At Jagbags inspired new flavor, “Cinnamon & Lesbians”.
Starting tomorrow, visit Milk Bar’s Williamsburg location (382 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn) to get a taste of “Cinnamon and Lesbians”, available for this week only.
All purchases of this very special soft serve will come with a limited edition poster designed by the one and only Gary Panter . SM & The Jicks will also be making a special in-store appearance at Milk Bar Williamsburg tomorrow at 4pm to sign posters and enjoy some ice cream with fans.
And don’t forget the band are performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight!
Watch the video for Cinnamon and Lesbians here. Pick up Wig Out At Jagbags (out tomorrow!) on the Matador Store.
Jagbaggers, we’ve got a lot more exciting Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks news to announce.
Firstly, just a reminder that Wig Out At Jagbags is currently streaming in full on Amazon. Listen up and love it here.
Secondly, on Monday, January 6th, 2014 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Interested in attending? Enter here for a chance to win seats on the band bench and an opportunity to surround the stage during Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ performance. Please make sure you include the following band code: SMJ, in your entry form.
Thirdly, if you didn’t win the Other Music private in-store contest fear not. The band will also be playing an in-store at Generation Records in NYC on Tuesday, January 7 at 8pm. Come by and ring in the release of Wig Out At Jagbags. All you gotta do to get in is pick up the record at Generation on Jan 7. First come, first served. More details on the below flyer.
Synchronize your Malkmus/Jicks watches:
NOW – Wig Out At Jagbags streaming in full on Amazon.
Monday Jan 6 – Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performance. Win a chance to attend here.
Tuesday Jan 7 – Generation Records in-store performance.
Thursday Jan 9 – Other Music private in-store for contest winners. Winners announced here.
And hey now, there’s a good chance we’ll have even more Malkmus & The Jicks fun stuff to announce in the coming days. Just keep it here for more…
Matador Store Pre-order:
Pre-orders from the Matador store receive pre-order-only “Pick Up The Spare” 7” (single sided 7” on strawberry red vinyl) – while supplies last!
Pre-order from iTunes receive a download of “Lariat” instantly, and non-album track “Pick Up The Spare” on release date.
The band will be touring UK/Europe in January, with US dates to follow starting in Feb:
Mon Jan 13 — Leeds | Brudenell
Tue Jan 14 — Glasgow | Oran Mor
Wed Jan 15 — Manchester | Gorilla
Thu Jan 16 — London | Forum
Sat Jan 18 — Paris | Divan Du Monde
Mon Jan 20 — Madrid | Joy Eslava
Tue Jan 21 — Barcelona | Bikini
Thu Jan 23 — Milan | Tunnel
Sat Jan 25 — Fribourg | Fri-Son
Sun Jan 26 — Frankfurt | Zoom
Mon Jan 27 — Berlin | Postbahnhof
Wed Jan 29 — Copenhagen |Vega
Thu Jan 30 — Hamburg | Knust
Fri Jan 31 — Cologne | Gebaude 9
Sat Feb 1 — Brussels | Botanique Orangerie
Sun Feb 2 — Amsterdam | Bitterzoet
It was the 40th anniversary of the release of Can’s Ege Bamyasi LP (an album known to me in my youth as Ege Bamyasi Okraschoten, because I didn’t know anything), and WEEK-END Fest was happening in Cologne. The dates were November 30 through December 2, 2012, and the festival featured artists such as Ian Svenonious, Justus Köhnke, Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Scritti Politti, Deerhoof and Stephen Malkmus.
WEEK-END Fest co-curator Jan Lankisch (of Tomlab Records decided to ask Stephen, currently residing in Germany, whether he wanted to play the entirety of Ege Bamyasi with a band of German musicians Jan had rounded up. And Steve loved the idea. So after a few rehearsals, Steve was joined by Sebastian Blume (synths), Felix Hedderich (bass), Jan Philipp Janzen (drums) and Phillip Tielsch (guitar) for a truly magical & wondrous performance of one of the greatest albums of all time. It took place on December 2 at the Alte Kranhalle in Cologne, and was committed to tape by the band. The sound quality is fantastic; the performance jumps out of the grooves and bubbles its way through your stereo.
We are releasing the LP as a 3500-copy limited edition on green vinyl for Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. (Domino will be releasing it on red vinyl in Europe.) The hand-printed silkscreened sleeve was designed by David Shrigley, who also designed the poster for the event, inspired by the original artwork for Ege Bamyasi. It is being printed in Germany by Slowboy.
We’re truly honored to be part of this special collaboration between tons of talented artists.
“This was the first Can LP I bought brand-new (Torquay, July 1972), and it is still my favourite.”
— Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler
“Ege Bamyasi was one of those marginal cut-out LPs (along with the 1st Stooges, Rhinoceros, Ambergris a.o.) that you’d find in the bargain bins of department stores in the early 70s. For kids with no money and an allure to weirdness these cheapos were significant listens. Ege Bamyasi with its okra can cover and live circus rock shot on the back was completely singular. And it sounded cool as shit. I still check it as one of the top 10 greatest rock LPs of all time, and it remains a perpetual inspiration.”