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.


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

It's a good album. I liked it.

james e l, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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


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

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!

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


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


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

it's an album cover, man

twist boat veterans for stability (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:01 (four years ago) Permalink

man grumpy people are really getting desperate in creating covers (see what i did there?) for their real agenda of thinkpieces bemoaning how times are changing and how people don't experience albums like they SHOULD.

JACK SQUAT about these Charlie Nobodies (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:04 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm not sure why people hate the cover...seems fine to me.

tylerw, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:05 (four years ago) Permalink

everyone knows parquet courts have taken over the pavementy album cover gambit

the haxan 5 (get bent), Thursday, 14 November 2013 04:06 (four years ago) Permalink

hate the title but love the cover. song sounds good but i've thought that the past few albums and then never had any urge to revisit them after a month or so.

balls, Thursday, 14 November 2013 04:25 (four years ago) Permalink

needs it's own thread

Bee OK, Thursday, 14 November 2013 04:29 (four years ago) Permalink

or deserves one, a new album is good news and one in 2013 works.

Bee OK, Thursday, 14 November 2013 04:39 (four years ago) Permalink

on board with that new song. his best since the solo debut? i shouldn't say that ... I haven't given anything since a ton of spins.

that tune has a nice fuzzy laid-back vibe a la CRCR, tho.

no idea what that videos all about. another bizarre clip from SM.

alpine static, Thursday, 14 November 2013 05:46 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

new album, full stream:

alpine static, Tuesday, 31 December 2013 16:46 (four years ago) Permalink

sounding very good on first listen

tylerw, Tuesday, 31 December 2013 17:00 (four years ago) Permalink

really like this; it might be second to pig lib for me.

sext of light (get bent), Tuesday, 31 December 2013 21:23 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Heard "Stick Figures In Love" today and to these ears it sounded like something off an early MBV EP (Ecstasy or Strawberry Wine?)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 23 February 2014 04:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Okay, so they closed the encore last night at the Bowery with a great new song apparently called "Kite In A Closet".

Now here's the thing (cue Boards of Canada marketing campaign anthem):

As of right this moment (2/27/2014, 3:35pm EST) if you google "kite in a closet" (with quotes), you get only about 10 results...

One of which is an ILX thread, this message in particular:

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 27 February 2014 20:38 (three years ago) Permalink

help us out here...where you goin' with this

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 27 February 2014 21:20 (three years ago) Permalink

Big Malk a.k.a. the Pavedriver

sXe & the banshees (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 27 February 2014 21:43 (three years ago) Permalink

chocolate malk

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 27 February 2014 22:38 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

If anyone cares, Malkmus is on WTF today:

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 May 2014 16:58 (three years ago) Permalink

any good?

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 1 May 2014 16:59 (three years ago) Permalink

Just about to start listening.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 May 2014 17:00 (three years ago) Permalink

it's not bad. not great but not his worst

idontknowanythingabouttechnlolgeez (waterface), Thursday, 1 May 2014 17:26 (three years ago) Permalink

Heard "Stick Figures In Love" today and to these ears it sounded like something off an early MBV EP (Ecstasy or Strawberry Wine?)

I dunno those MBV songs but "Stick Figures in Love" rules.

billstevejim, Friday, 2 May 2014 05:28 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Happy bday Malkmus, still nifty at 50.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 30 May 2016 04:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Does Maron talk vaguely about the two Pavement albums he had in college for the duration, lacking a grasp of song titles etc. as usual

PaulTMA, Monday, 30 May 2016 12:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Dunno why ppl like that guy (Maron), he's so annoying and not an especially great interviewer

Wimmels, Monday, 30 May 2016 12:29 (one year ago) Permalink

does anyone like him?

rip van wanko, Monday, 30 May 2016 12:59 (one year ago) Permalink

He seems to be very popular

Wimmels, Monday, 30 May 2016 13:14 (one year ago) Permalink

He lived too late to be a great prog-rocker, which is a loss to us all. His whole career is sort of like Peter Hammill accidentally joins Swell Maps.

dlp9001, Monday, 30 May 2016 16:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Jicks' Dead cover on that new tribute thing is pretty damn good.

tylerw, Monday, 30 May 2016 16:26 (one year ago) Permalink

One of only 6 tunes I ripped from that lousy thing before giving it away to a friend who loves Real Estate

Wimmels, Monday, 30 May 2016 16:30 (one year ago) Permalink

i was taken aback by that cover, it sort of lurches along in a weird way for me. although i'm used to the medley on europe 72 which just feels so effortless. i'll have to give another listen

global tetrahedron, Monday, 30 May 2016 16:59 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

love this new one

k3vin k., Monday, 12 February 2018 01:02 (one week ago) Permalink

wow that's great

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 February 2018 02:42 (one week ago) Permalink


calstars, Monday, 12 February 2018 03:35 (one week ago) Permalink

best thing he's done in ages

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 12 February 2018 14:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Got so fed up with his schtick for a while, he was bordering on self parody on Wig Out at Jagbags. Can't forget how terrible that song that went 'Scattegories, categories, Condoleeza's Rice scattered on the floor' was

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 12 February 2018 14:05 (one week ago) Permalink

i don't remember a note of any of the last... two? three? this is sounding nice though

global tetrahedron, Monday, 12 February 2018 18:51 (one week ago) Permalink

I found Mirror Traffic was the best album of Malkmus entire career including the Pavement stuff. It had the upbeat punch and the tunes. He really has got that knack for melody.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 12 February 2018 19:26 (one week ago) Permalink

"Lariat" was a great single off the last one and very memorable imo

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 February 2018 21:22 (one week ago) Permalink

even that one had some horribly formed 'wordplay'

Badgers (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:27 (one week ago) Permalink

all i recall of that is something something lariat secretariat (?)

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:05 (one week ago) Permalink

I keep wanting to get into "Middle America," but can't. Hate the title, for one thing.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 03:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Lyrics are why I couldn't listen, eventually. Loved him on American Water.

albvivertine, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I really like this new song

I must give Mirror Traffic another listen. It made no impression on me whatsoever last time I heard it.

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 08:46 (one week ago) Permalink

His voice sounds so thin, this weak weird half falsetto on the high notes. Also, Drums also sound anemic and his interplay with rhythm - not to mention just enjoying Gary and Steve - that was so good in pavement seems absent. But I like the buildup to the chorus, reminds me of some p-ment song I can’t think of atm.

calstars, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:54 (one week ago) Permalink

I must give Mirror Traffic another listen. It made no impression on me whatsoever last time I heard it.

― Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, February 13, 2018 3:46 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it has its highs and lows but i ride hard for "stick figures in love"

call all destroyer, Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:17 (one week ago) Permalink

"Tigers", "Stick Figures", "No One Is"... "Share The Red" is like an American Water outtake. I'd take all of those over "Shady Lane" or "Ann Don't Cry" or whatever late Pavement throwaways that people clutch close to vest.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 15 February 2018 02:02 (one week ago) Permalink

Spiral Stairs 50th Birthday

Thumbs Off (The Clean cover)
Cinnamon and Lesbians
Away (Meat Puppets cover)
Golden Brown (The Stranglers cover)
The Janitor Revealed
J Smoov
My Kingdom (Echo & The Bunnymen cover)
Real Emotional Trash
Fall Away
Cocaine (J.J. Cale cover) ;-)
No One Is (As I Are Be)
Forever 28
Androgynous (The Replacements cover)

Falling Away (Preston School of Industry cover) (with Spiral Stairs)
Date w/ Ikea (Pavement cover) (with Spiral Stairs)
Kennel District (Pavement cover) (with Spiral Stairs)
Summer Babe (Pavement cover) (with Spiral Stairs)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 15 February 2018 02:10 (one week ago) Permalink

that's a fun show! thx for sharing.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 15 February 2018 03:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Yes, what CAD said, thanks! Good to see Spiral in action, too.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 15 February 2018 03:19 (one week ago) Permalink

A Malkmus/Jicks tracks poll would be welcome at this stage. Although I can kind of imagine people just voting for the whole of Pig Lib

Badgers (dog latin), Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:39 (one week ago) Permalink

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