After Pavement announced these were taking place hiatus by the end of 1999, the status of 1 of America’s finest indie rock and roll bands was a mystery for the very first 1 / 2 of 2000. It became clearer that summer months, however, when it had been uncovered that both vocalist/songwriter/guitarists Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg had been preparing single albums. Malkmus was especially busy throughout that period, performing brand-new music with Kim’s Bedroom — a one-off group that also included Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Jim O’Rourke — that springtime in Holland, and documenting them at studios near his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Dealing with him had been the Jicks, aka Portland indie rock and roll veterans drummer/percussionist John Moen and bassist Joanna Bolme. Moen acquired used the Fastbacks, the Dharma Bums, and his very own group, the Maroons; Bolme used the Minders and proved helpful as an engineer at Jackpot Studios, where Pavement’s Terror Twilight was demoed and elements of Malkmus’ brand-new project had been recorded. Originally, Malkmus designed to discharge the album by himself or through an area label, however when his previous label, Matador, received a duplicate, they decided to discharge it. By enough time Malkmus officially verified Pavement’s breakup within the November 2000 problem of Spin mag, Matador announced it had been releasing the record — originally entitled Swedish Reggae and transformed to Stephen Malkmus — in wintertime 2001. The Jicks produced their live debut that January at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and spent all of those other winter and springtime touring the U.K. as well as the U.S., including a gig at South by Southwest with labelmates Mogwai as well as the reunited Soft Young boys. Previous Pavement percussionist Bob Nastanovich acted because the Jicks’ tour supervisor and Elastica head Justine Frischmann — another friend of Malkmus’ — became a member of the band being a guitarist for chosen schedules. On 2003’s darker, trippier Pig Lib, the Jicks distributed credit with Malkmus, reflecting the album’s even more band-like experience. Released in 2005, Encounter the reality — which Malkmus embraced domesticity using a whimsical experience lacking from his function since Wowee Zowee — presented Malkmus with and minus the Jicks, who also backed him on tour that summer time. On 2008’s Actual Emotional Garbage, the Jicks welcomed previous Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss to their collapse, providing the album’s psychedelic free-for-alls higher heft. Mirror Visitors adopted in 2011, offering Beck moving in as maker and Weiss acquiring her last bow because the Jicks’ drummer. Shifting to Berlin right before the discharge of Mirror Visitors in 2011, Malkmus would utilize this uprooting of his family members because the catalyst of motivation for his 6th album. Time for the studio room in 2013, Malkmus and co. enlisted the creation skills of previous Pavement live engineer Remko Schouten to record 2014’s Hairpiece Out at Jagbags.