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Stephen Malkmus


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.

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Full Name Stephen Malkmus
Profession Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Education University of Virginia
Nationality American
Spouse Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Children Lottie Malkmus, Sunday Malkmus
Parents Stephen Malkmus, Sr., Mary Malkmus
Music Groups Pavement, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Silver Jews, The Crust Brothers
Music Songs Jo Jo's Jacket, Jenny & The Dog, Baby C'mon, Church on White, Pink India, Discretion Groove, Freeze the Saints, Trojan Curfew, Vague Space, Deado, No More Shoes, Dragonfly Pie, The Hook, It Kills, Phantasies, Lariat, Cinnamon and Lesbians, Gardenia, Oyster, Hopscotch Willie
Albums Face the Truth, Stephen Malkmus, Spit on a Stranger, Terror Twilight, Brighten the Corners, Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks, Wowee Zowee, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Watery, Domestic, Slanted and Enchanted, Slay Tracks (1933–1969), Dark Wave
Movies Slow Century, Sweethearts

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1 Stephen is singer/guitarist for Pavement.



Late Show with David Letterman 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks: Lariat 2013 Video short performer: "Lariat"
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 writer: "Here"
The Art of Getting By 2011 writer: "Here"
Hjernevask 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Bored to Death 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
I'm Not There. 2007 performer: "Ballad of a Thin Man", "Maggie's Farm"
Jackass Number Two 2006 Documentary "Cut Your Hair"
You, Me and Dupree 2006 writer: "Cut Your Hair"
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dean Quixote 2000 writer: "5-4=Unity"
Sweethearts 1997 performer: "Agony of the Stars" / writer: "Agony of the Stars"
SubUrbia 1996 performer: "Unheard Music"
A Very Brady Sequel 1996 "Cut Your Hair"
I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 writer: "Sensitive Euroman"
Amateur 1994 writer: "Here"



Sweethearts 1997 Coffee House Singer



David Cross: Let America Laugh 2003 Video documentary special thanks



Late Show with David Letterman 2014 TV Series Himself
Couldn't You Wait? 2013 Documentary Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Soft Focus 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Pavement: Slow Century 2002 Video documentary S.M.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1997 TV Series Himself - Pavement

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1 I can pretty much come up with anything if you give me time. Just like a monkey with a typewriter, you know - something good could come up eventually.
2 [observation 2014, on the nostalgic tone of recent recordings] I was just trying to make songs that were kind of catchy and not boring. Three of the songs on 'Wig Out at Jagbags' are about nostalgia specifically. They're more like directly referencing what I love about the music I hear. The rush that you feel when that music connects with your soul. Like young love or the first time you do heroin.
3 In my opinion, real punk bands should break up after one album. Philosophically that would be the best thing. But it's in the declaration of punk independence to not be a bloated rock star where you end up in a limo. You pick something and then end it.
4 [on the group lifestyle] I'm a band monogamist [for] practical reasons. It's like, when you're married you live longer. It's better for your health. It keeps things less complicated.

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