Stephen Malkmus

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Sorry if this album's been mentioned already. Bought this recently and I must say it's excellent (in most places). It's like Pavement but not quite like them which is definitely a good thing and Malkmus's songwriting seems to have matured even further.

Opinions?

dog latin, Sunday, 22 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

heard this playing in smallfish the other day. was pretty surprised in that it actually seemed ok. but find it difficult to care about malkmus these days. his best days are long gone (wowee zowee was the last decent pavement record no?)

dog latin? didn't you used to frequent the old warp records message board, before they took it down?

gareth, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Yes I did (a bit too often)... who were you on that? They've got a new one up now btw, although the people on there get pretty anal at times. I haven't heard Wowee Zowee properly so Crooked Rain is my fave, but I never saw what was so wrong with the last two Pavement albums even though they get slated quite a lot.

dog latin, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I guess the lack of interest kinda sums up latter day Pavement and the Malkmus album - duller than dull. You'll be able to pick up the album in a bargain bin near you VERY soon.

Dr. C, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

It's a good album. I liked it.

james e l, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

dog latin. i was just me. ie. gareth. but i didn't post very often. new warp board is boring

gareth, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

gareth: yes it is a bit. I was a right pest on the old board and people on the new board still hate me for it even though i don't post that regularly nor do i plug my stuff any more... Someone started an "I hate Dog Latin" thread... what a nice thing to do. Needless to say, i was touched.

dog latin, Tuesday, 24 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard the album, but I saw him play to a tiny crowd last month when I was in the States. It was very like the last time I saw Pavement - for the first few songs, you think it's fantastic. What seems like two hours later, you're just thinking "piss off"...

Paul Steeples, Wednesday, 25 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Slanted and Enchanted was too good at the time, personally I've been incapable of listening to anything they did since. Maybe it's was the drummer's influence.

K-reg, Thursday, 26 April 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...
nobody but me cares, but the website's finally been relaunched.

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 16:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i care

mizzzell (mizzzell), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 21:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Finally. I have been wanting to see a picture of his mustache.

Mike Dixn (Mike Dixon), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 22:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i semi-care.
as long as it's not Pig Lib Pt2 i'll take a listen.

edde (edde), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 16:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

edde, if you had your druthers, what kinda record would you like to see SM make next? (no sarcasm/snark intended, this is a serious question)

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 16:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

more like the 1st.
and a bit of the 3rd.
i didn't mind that one, so much.
so, i guess optimum SM would be a combo of 1+3.
i'm not so into his prog leanings, which Pig Lib seemed to ooze.
truth be told, i just listened to all of SM's stuff Vs. SS's.
and as much as people moan about PSoI, it's way more consistent
and (to me) interesting than SM's stuff. now, that first SM album
seems like a continuation of Terror Twilight but more light hearted.
and Church On White will always kill me!

edde (edde), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 17:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

has anyone waded through the boards to find the available recordings of new material?

mizzzell (mizzzell), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 23:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

OMG MALK @ IRVING FRI! WITH JANET!

If you fuck with Jimmy Mod, you call down the thunder (The Famous Jimmy Mod), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 23:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i saw them last month at bimbos w/ janet on skins... she is like 100 times sweeter than that last putz (obviously) but I think they need to ditch "the other guy" and just be a trio - steve and his two ladies. he doesn't really add anything (other than cowbell) and is a total dork.

at least two of the new songs they played sounded like the doors to me. i can't decide if that's a good thing.

tk (tk), Thursday, 8 February 2007 02:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think the new stuff is gonna be harder-hitting, mostly cuz Janet's in the group. There's this fantasy floating around in my head where SM doesn't release anything in 2007 THEN BUSTS OUT IN 2008 WITH A 2XCD 24-SONG MONSTER

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 8 February 2007 12:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

'pig lib' is still sitting on my cd rack waiting to be downloaded onto i-tunes. i'm angry with it for sucking and it can bask in the unceremonious company of all the other hapless records that didn't make the cut.

Charlie Howard (the sphinx), Thursday, 8 February 2007 16:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Let's turn this thread into a "SM + Jicks Covers Album Wishlist":

1. The Zombies "Time of the Season"
2. Yoko Ono "Walking on Thin Ice"

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 8 February 2007 16:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

3. Status Quo "Down Down"
4. Ian Dury "Sex and Drugs and Rock'n'Roll"

mizzzell (mizzzell), Thursday, 8 February 2007 17:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Pig Lib fucking owns. You're all mad.

Davey D (Dave Depper), Thursday, 8 February 2007 19:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Pig Lib fucking owns. You're all mad."

no, sir. i am not. if i'm anything, it's disappointed that someone w/ so much potential. so little returns

edde (edde), Friday, 9 February 2007 16:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I've been meaning to go back and track down all of the insane b-sides he put out for Pig Lib. A bunch of covers of obscure British psych rock tunes and stuff.

Tiki Theater Xymposium (Bent Over at the Arclight), Friday, 9 February 2007 18:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

idk where 2 put this but i liked this a lot in 2005 and it's still dear 2 me

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6424258467693494613

now stefan malkamus is walking around w/ my face

markers, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 18:15 (six years ago) Permalink

This is a very good and interesting interview!
http://www.cowbellmagazine.com/home/2011/8/1/rule-portlandia.html

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Friday, 5 August 2011 18:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Good interview but interjections like this remind me why I hate (music) journalism:

In the time of Ke$ha and Katy Perry, in the post-empire era of the music-industrial complex, when radio has become the horse-drawn carriage of the Information Age, songs no longer “mean a lot when songs are bought.”

What does this even mean?

livin in my own private Biden hole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 August 2011 18:40 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm so jealous he's moving to Berlin.

o. nate, Friday, 5 August 2011 19:17 (six years ago) Permalink

What does this even mean?

I think he's trying to say that it doesn't matter as much as it used to to get a song on the radio.

o. nate, Friday, 5 August 2011 19:20 (six years ago) Permalink

haha

I don't want anybody to get hurt.
I can just see the two factions healing their schism
and coming after you with both barrels blazin.
These headbangers are angry and vindictive.
They've been looking for revenge since '92
and let's face it--
you weren't far from the scene of the crime.

new album sounds good! streaming on the npr today.

tylerw, Monday, 15 August 2011 22:33 (six years ago) Permalink

lol

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 15 August 2011 22:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the new album sounds really good. I've got the NPR thing streaming the thing in full so I'm not sure of the exact track name I'm on right now, but the guitar workout a couple tracks after "Senator" is awesome.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:54 (six years ago) Permalink

this album is kinda crazy. all over the place. some of it sounds like demos to me. liking the alex chilton-y Tune Grief.

mizzell, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 14:56 (six years ago) Permalink

no one is (as i are be) sounds like ode to billie joe.

mizzell, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 20:38 (six years ago) Permalink

so excited to listen to this!

tine nic (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 02:31 (six years ago) Permalink

"gorgeous georgie" is song titles v much in character

tine nic (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 02:45 (six years ago) Permalink

i'm only half-listening to this but this is real clean sounding - the short track lengths and the lightness of his vocals give it this real airy feel. it's all very agreeable, this sounds like the style i want malk to be going for at this stage in his career. i think i'm going to like this

tine nic (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:19 (six years ago) Permalink

each song is a jam. another great album. malkmus solo > pavement

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:41 (six years ago) Permalink

"fall away" is really nice

mark (er) s (k3vin k.), Thursday, 18 August 2011 04:30 (six years ago) Permalink

"stick figures in love"

mark (er) s (k3vin k.), Friday, 19 August 2011 04:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah I was just listening to this earlier thinking Fall Away is my favourite song, it's really sweet. The whole album is really enjoyable.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 19 August 2011 04:33 (six years ago) Permalink

one of these nights i'll have to listen to this when i haven't been drinking but i'm pretty sure i like this album a good amount

mark (er) s (k3vin k.), Friday, 19 August 2011 04:53 (six years ago) Permalink

there was an ad for the this in spotify telling me to listen to it so i clicked on it and it wasn't available for me to play

markers, Friday, 19 August 2011 05:10 (six years ago) Permalink

this album is already growing on me big time

mizzell, Friday, 19 August 2011 15:22 (six years ago) Permalink

there was an ad for the this in spotify telling me to listen to it so i clicked on it and it wasn't available for me to play

Yeah, that happened to me too. The ad's popped up several times a day for the past couple of days, not sure who's to blame for that one, but its annoying to keep getting promised something I can't listen to. Luckily we have the NPR stream for now.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 19 August 2011 15:29 (six years ago) Permalink

ok serious lols at that whole mail exchange

you never know what an unsophisticated consumer might think.

sonderangerbot, Friday, 19 August 2011 15:44 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah honestly, berman and malkmus need to make another record again.

tylerw, Friday, 19 August 2011 15:47 (six years ago) Permalink

digging sparkle hard so far!

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 18 May 2018 16:28 (four days ago) Permalink

i want to hear the synth record

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 18 May 2018 16:35 (four days ago) Permalink

maybe that castle he bought in PDX costs a lot to heat

alpine static, Friday, 18 May 2018 16:46 (four days ago) Permalink

I wonder how "well" his albums generally sell... that article said that each Jicks release has done worse than the one before it; and the last one (Jagbags) sold 21,000 copies. I have no idea where that ranks in the indie world, compared to Parquet Courts albums or whatever.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 18 May 2018 16:46 (four days ago) Permalink

Are any of his "peers" (indie folx from the '90s) still trying to move units in any significant way? Seems they've mostly settled into niches or gotten into other things.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 18 May 2018 16:49 (four days ago) Permalink

I mean I think that's what's so striking about this push, is that he seemed to (rather happily) settle into his niche years and years ago.

alpine static, Friday, 18 May 2018 16:51 (four days ago) Permalink

i think all the old-timers just rely on superfans to keep them going. i doubt most people who own pavement records buy the new stuff. people like robert pollard and malkmus become boutique businesses. like candle shops.

scott seward, Friday, 18 May 2018 16:54 (four days ago) Permalink

as far as I can tell, Malkmus is one of the few 90s guys left that has never licensed anything anywhere. The closest he came was doing the sdtk for that Will Arnett show, which is obviously different. So that's one common income stream for people nowadays that he doesn't have.

Οὖτις, Friday, 18 May 2018 16:55 (four days ago) Permalink

alpine -- my guess is that the expense of kids does figure into it (as you said). His wife's an artist, he's an indie rocker... I'm sure any increase in cashflow helps.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 18 May 2018 16:57 (four days ago) Permalink

his stop here in the cities sold out very quickly, which i didn't expect since i've seen him numerous times and the shows were only moderately attended

global tetrahedron, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:00 (four days ago) Permalink

lots of old indie people tour a ton. and make their money for the year. they are the new tom rush and eric andersons of the world. its not usually about some new hot album for most of them. though they will tour behind albums. my neighbor lou barlow tours like a crazy person! solo and dino and sebaloo...

scott seward, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:01 (four days ago) Permalink

malkmus has never really fallen into the standard narratives of a solo career ... the back to basics record, the divorce/sober record, the record with a big name producer, the experimental record (maybe "Groove Denied" will fill that last role). and he's never crashed and burned personally (as far as I know) so there's not some narrative to latch onto there. I don't know, it's kind of admirable in a weird way. he's a musician!

tylerw, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:05 (four days ago) Permalink

yeah, they just do what they do. it's what they do.

scott seward, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:35 (four days ago) Permalink

a true corporate player, he made sure to name drop two other artists on matador during that talk house thing, car seat headrest and Kurt vile

calstars, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:35 (four days ago) Permalink

He probably gets promo copies of all Matador stuff.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 18 May 2018 17:47 (four days ago) Permalink

oh no he mentioned other bands what a sellout

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 18 May 2018 17:49 (four days ago) Permalink

He talked about fantasy and playoff basketball for 10+ mins too, he's probably an ESPN brand ambassador...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 18 May 2018 17:53 (four days ago) Permalink

malkmus has never really fallen into the standard narratives of a solo career ... the back to basics record, the divorce/sober record, the record with a big name producer, the experimental record (maybe "Groove Denied" will fill that last role). and he's never crashed and burned personally (as far as I know) so there's not some narrative to latch onto there. I don't know, it's kind of admirable in a weird way. he's a musician!

The flipside to this (and I'll choose my words carefully) is that he also arguably hasn't done a lot to change things up, work with new people, keep listeners following his career, etc. Like (I suspect) a lot of Pavement fans, I bought his first 3 or 4 records and then stopped buying them. The electronic album seems like a good move, because at least it's something different than "album #7 with the Jicks."

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:08 (four days ago) Permalink

malkmus has never really fallen into the standard narratives of a solo career ... the back to basics record, the divorce/sober record, the record with a big name producer, the experimental record (maybe "Groove Denied" will fill that last role). and he's never crashed and burned personally (as far as I know) so there's not some narrative to latch onto there. I don't know, it's kind of admirable in a weird way. he's a musician!

― tylerw, Friday, May 18, 2018 1:05 PM (one hour ago)

yeah the thing I appreciate most about malk is he's just a totally normal seeming dude. watching him hit tennis balls in that video really got to me for some reason

k3vin k., Friday, 18 May 2018 18:16 (four days ago) Permalink

The flipside to this (and I'll choose my words carefully) is that he also arguably hasn't done a lot to change things up, work with new people, keep listeners following his career, etc. Like (I suspect) a lot of Pavement fans, I bought his first 3 or 4 records and then stopped buying them. The electronic album seems like a good move, because at least it's something different than "album #7 with the Jicks."

i don't disagree with tylerw's points, but this is pretty much exactly how i view the way he has handled his post-Pavement career. which, again, is why i think the hype surrounding Sparkle Hard seems like such a major (and unexpected) change of pace.

alpine static, Friday, 18 May 2018 18:21 (four days ago) Permalink

I'm a rare mega-Pavement fan who feels that his solo work (& American Water) is stronger than BTC & TT...

I'm always a little late to the party (eg, I didn't hear Real Emotional Trash until after Wig Out At Dankos).

He says he's moving to LA near his sister in a recent interview, maybe he'll do more soundtrack work.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:21 (four days ago) Permalink

lol, dankos = jagbags (brain typo)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:21 (four days ago) Permalink

and, again, is why i wonder what changed, and who decided it should change.

like, there were *not* major feature stories in every print and online publication around Mirror Traffic or Jagbags.

maybe it's that his kids were smaller then and he wanted to just be Dad for several years, and now they're older and they're developing their own lives and he feels like he can go back to being Stephen Malkmus a bit more. that lines up w/ what everyone says about parenthood - that eventually you get your freedom back.

alpine static, Friday, 18 May 2018 18:23 (four days ago) Permalink

sorry, that was xpost to my previous comment.

Al - do you have a link to that interview where he says he's moving? i haven't seen that one.

alpine static, Friday, 18 May 2018 18:24 (four days ago) Permalink

It was a podcast, I think either Emil Amos or Vish Khanna or ??? My short-term memory is terrible.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:26 (four days ago) Permalink

I'm a rare mega-Pavement fan who feels that his solo work (& American Water) is stronger than BTC & TT...

I def. rate “American Water” above BTC / TT... not his solo stuff, tho. Except the “Pig Lib” bonus disc – that was as special thing.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:28 (four days ago) Permalink

Mirror Traffic is better than any of the other albums after Pig Lib, right?

yes.

geoffreyess, Friday, 18 May 2018 18:30 (four days ago) Permalink

new one is sounding better than mirror traffic imho

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:53 (four days ago) Permalink

who's doing PR for this one? A different company than for previous SM albums? Because isn't that all we're talking about here? Matador springing for a major PR push? Call me cynical.

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 18 May 2018 19:35 (four days ago) Permalink

yes. but why now, is what i'm saying. what changed.

it's not a huge deal, i'm just interested in that kind of stuff.

alpine static, Friday, 18 May 2018 19:46 (four days ago) Permalink

he's one of a few whose new stuff is pretty eagerly awaited i'd say and discussion doesn't need much pushing from matador or billions or whoever

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 18 May 2018 19:47 (four days ago) Permalink

Maybe Malkmus and Matador just feel he has a strong record here and want to give it the push it deserves? Sparkle Hard definitely sounds more carefully crafted and has a higher standard of quality than most Jicks albums. I'd be proud of it too.

bunny slopes, Friday, 18 May 2018 20:26 (four days ago) Permalink

This is the guy who greeted his last album with a pull quote that "nothing classic is probably going on here, let's face it" so I take the increased push now as a way to broadcast that this album is a little more special than your usual Jicks release

bunny slopes, Friday, 18 May 2018 20:36 (four days ago) Permalink

“America’s Favorite Slacker Grows Up and Buckles Down”

I guess Corgan was right all along, Malkmus says, looking genuinely contrite as he gazes into his coffee cup. It took me all these years to realize the importance of a rock ‘n roll work ethic. I hope Billy accepts my apology...

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 18 May 2018 20:51 (four days ago) Permalink

bunny slopes probably otm

alpine static, Friday, 18 May 2018 22:58 (four days ago) Permalink

Anyone who hasn't read the Washington Post story needs to

The Harsh Tutelage of Michael McDonald (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 18 May 2018 23:38 (four days ago) Permalink

“Slanted and enchanted” his greatest turn of phrase imho

calstars, Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:14 (three days ago) Permalink

Should make its way to the OED

calstars, Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:16 (three days ago) Permalink

“America’s Favorite Slacker Grows Up and Buckles Down”

/I guess Corgan was right all along,/ Malkmus says, looking genuinely contrite as he gazes into his coffee cup. /It took me all these years to realize the importance of a rock ‘n roll work ethic. I hope Billy accepts my apology.../


What the fuck?

calstars, Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:17 (three days ago) Permalink

Just some speculative fiction (lol)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:19 (three days ago) Permalink

“Slanted and enchanted” his greatest turn of phrase imho


David Berman came up with that title iirc

two cool rock chicks pounding la croix (circa1916), Saturday, 19 May 2018 01:36 (three days ago) Permalink

I think that was “Crooked Rain (x2)”?

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 19 May 2018 02:02 (three days ago) Permalink

“The title Slanted and Enchanted is taken from the title of a cartoon made by Silver Jews frontman David Berman.”

From wiki. Not sure about Crooked Rain. Great title nonetheless. Enjoy them both immensely as lyricists, as different as they are. Always be a Berman man myself if I had to choose, though.

two cool rock chicks pounding la croix (circa1916), Saturday, 19 May 2018 02:07 (three days ago) Permalink

Oh wow. I didn’t think DB could improve in my estimation but yet.

calstars, Saturday, 19 May 2018 02:38 (three days ago) Permalink

DB:slanted and enchanted::SM:wowee zowee

calstars, Saturday, 19 May 2018 02:39 (three days ago) Permalink

well there is a Zappa song called Wowie Zowie

salt sugar fat, that's where it's at (rip van wanko), Saturday, 19 May 2018 03:01 (three days ago) Permalink

Hence also the ingeniously triple-entendre–titled odds ’n ends bootleg “Stuff Up the Cracks” (also a Zappa title) – which I think actually came out before “WZ,” so not sure how they anticipated the title?

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 19 May 2018 03:19 (three days ago) Permalink

DB:slanted and enchanted::SM:wowee zowee

― calstars, Friday, May 18, 2018 7:39 PM (three hours ago)

another nope:

The album's title is an homage to former drummer Gary Young, who would frequently yell "Wowee zowee!" when excited.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 19 May 2018 06:00 (three days ago) Permalink

really into "solid silk"

k3vin k., Tuesday, 22 May 2018 04:06 (six hours ago) Permalink

yes, this album is really good, one of his best. "bike lane" is Malk at his most political and angry

well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 07:11 (three hours ago) Permalink


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