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The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

Great Music For Terrible Times : 25% Off Holiday Sale


Dear Citizens of Earth,

As we reach the end of 2018, it would not be an exaggeration to say we’re in the midst of many difficult moments in human history.  The icecaps are melting.   America is on the brink of a constitutional crisis.  You can’t walk 15 feet in any major metropolis without breaking your neck on a discarded scooter.  Your personal data (including everything we collect in this campaign) is being used for nefarious means. Nearly 15% of the public believes we actually told someone to “sound more like Adele.”  Nearly $40 million was spent to produce “The Hurricane Heist”

All of that said, there is still beauty, mystery, and grandeur in what’s left of the fine arts.  And when you’re done with the fine arts, there’s Matador's incredible array of 2018 titles from Belle and Sebastian, Body/Head, boygenius, Car Seat Headrest, Lucy Dacus, Iceage, Interpol, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Liz Phair, Snail Mail, Kurt Vile and Yo La Tengo.  Will these records help you sort out a world gone mad? hey, they’re great, but not THAT GREAT.  Almost certainly, and that’s why your friends at Matador —a label as magnanimous as it is humble — are offering an unprecedented 25% OFF when you use the code, “terribletimes” thru December 13. Orders of $40.00 and above receive a free tote bag and take it from me, a tote bag skeptic, you’re way less likely to drop shit all over the sidewalk when you have a stylish bag.



(moon art : James McNew)

MATADOR HOLIDAY SALE : 25% w/ code "terribletimes"

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - "Morning Becomes Eclectic" session Today



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.

(stream/purchase 'Sparkle Hard')

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour : (new show in bold)

Friday, October 5 Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA (with Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee)
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL
Friday, November 2 Filter Festival, Antwerp BE
Saturday, November 3 Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris FR
Friday, January 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY

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Stephen Malkmus - Acoustic Session For CPR Open Air

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.







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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour : (new show in bold)

Friday, October 5 Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA (with Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee)
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL
Friday, November 2 Filter Festival, Antwerp BE
Saturday, November 3 Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris FR
Friday, January 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Live on KEXP



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.

Stream / Buy Sparkle Hard Here

Full Performance:


"Shiggy":


"Cast Off":


"Bike Lane":


"Refute":


"Middle America":


Upcoming Tour Dates
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT
Friday, July 20 Casbah, San Diego CA SOLD OUT
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25, Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Friday, October 5 Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

* w/ Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee

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VIDEO: Stephen Malkmus "Solid Silk"



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.

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Upcoming Tour Dates
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT
Friday, July 20 Casbah, San Diego CA SOLD OUT
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25, Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Friday, October 5 Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

* w/ Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - "Solid Silk", From "CBS This Morning (Saturday Sessions)"



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) :


Thursday, July 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25, Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Friday, October 5 Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA (with Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee)
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

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Saturday June 30 : Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on "CBS This Morning"



Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks make their long-awaited early morning TV debut tomorrow (June 30) on "CBS This Morning"'s Saturday Sessions. Check your local listings for precise times, but bear in mind the program is called "CBS This Morning", not "CBS Roll Out Bed Whenever It's Convenient Or You Can Stand To Face The Day".

stream/purchase 'Sparkle Hard'



Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour
(new date in bold) :


Thursday, July 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25, Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Friday, October 5 Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA (with Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee)
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - 'Sparkle Hard' Out Today, New Events In Seattle, L.A.


(photo by James Rexroad)

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).

Following the unfortunate cancellation of July's FYF Festival in Los Angeles, the Jicks have added a show at LA's Roxy on July 19. Tickets go on sale today at 10am pacific time.



('Sparkle Hard - The Supercut' - directed by Brook Linder)

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Thursday, July 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25, Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

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STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS - "SPARKLE HARD - THE MOVIE"



Via Brook Linder, Dangerous Minds premiered the director's long-awaited short documentary film about Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' forthcoming 'Sparkle Hard' earlier today.



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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - "Refute", #sparklehard quiz/Spotify Playlist Generator (PLUS CENSORED ART)



Prior to May 18's release of their hotly anticipated 'Sparkle Hard', Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have unveiled another of the album's world-class compositions, "Refute", featuring guest vocals from Kim Gordon. Pressed to explain, Stephen's claimed his intent was to "queer the duet", by playing with “Nashville tropes in light of current trends in evolutionary psychology” and swapping “the classic He Said/She Said narrative, where in this case the ‘wife’ is the cheater, and the omniscient narrator enters at the end to offer cold comfort.”

stream / download "Refute"
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In addition, today marks your opportunity to take the STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS #sparklehard quiz to find out your sparkle level (YES, THAT'S WHAT IT SAYS HERE) and receive a custom @Spotify playlist with original 'Sparkle Hard' album art rejected by Matador’s free-expression phobic legal dept. Questions provided by the Jicks.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

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Via Pitchfork : Stephen Malkmus (Solo) Session, Live from Saint John's Episcopal Rectory



Earlier today, along with an interview conducted by Alex Frank, Pitchfork premiered a six song solo session from Stephen Malkmus recorded at Brooklyn's St. John's Episcopal Rectory (above).

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

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Coming May 18 : Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - 'Sparkle Hard'





(photo : James Rexroad)

As a few of you sleuths (professional and otherwise) doubtlessly figured out from the earlier tour announcement and debut of "Middle America",there's a new album from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on the way May 18, and it's called 'Sparkle Hard'.  Produced by Chris Funk, the album's prerelease track, "Shiggy" can heard today on all relevant / responsible streaming platforms.
Modesty and plain good manners might prevent them from saying so themselves, but the fact that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have thrived, rather than simply endured over 17 years and delivered six albums of buzzy, sub-cultural significance, constitutes an impressive legacy. The challenge with album number seven is one that any successful band with integrity faces: how to safeguard that legacy and hold on to their identity without rehashing old ground (unthinkable), and also say something meaningful while (crucially) having fun doing it?

Meeting that issue head on in the run up to The Jicks’ seventh record involved some “navel gazing”, according to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Malkmus and not only in terms of what it means to be releasing music in 2018. If, like him, you’re a voracious consumer of all kinds of culture and feel the need to interact with it, rather than just react, then inevitably “there’s a world that prompts you to put your best foot forward”. With Sparkle Hard Malkmus, Mike Clark (keyboards), Joanna Bolme (bass) and Jake Morris (drums) do exactly that. And they hit the ground running – on air treads.

It’s light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, goodtime and bodacious, and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and – due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes (Auto-Tune! A fiddle! Guest vocalist Kim Gordon! One seven-minute song with an acoustic folk intro!) – The Jicks refashioned. If 2014’s 'Wig Out At Jag Bags' balanced the lengthy prog workouts of 'Pig Lib' with 'Mirror Traffic'’s sparky pop moments, then 'Sparkle Hard' bears less obvious direct relation to what’s come before. It also has turbocharged energy and enthusiasm by the truckload.

Malkmus started writing 'Sparkle Hard' in 2015. He’d upgraded his home-recording equipment and bought some electronic drums and had been working on the Netflix series 'Flaked" (he penned the incidental music and the end theme song). Demos were done in one day in April of 2017 and then in May, The Jicks started recording at a new studio in Portland called Halfling, which is managed by multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk of The Decemberists, who produced the album.

Self-indulgent escapism has never been The Jicks’ bag, but on 'Sparkle Hard', the reality of modern life sits closer to the surface, communication cutting to the chase whether it’s a proto-punk grind or a back-porch country duet doing the talking. A cleaner burn for dark and complex times. - Sharon O'Connell


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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

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VIDEO : Stephen Malkmus - "Middle America" (acoustic)



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).

STREAM OR DOWNLOAD "Middle America"

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - "Middle America", North American Tour Dates


(photo : Giovanni Duca)



Following Tuesday's all-too brief teaser, we're thrilled (and maybe a little relieved) to be unveiling the first new music from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks since 2014 in the form of the new single, "Middle America".  The Jicks hit the road for a major (and minor) market tour this June ; you can probably expect more than just one new song (BUT WHO ARE WE TO DETERMINE OR EVEN SPECULATE ABOUT THIS GREAT AMERICAN BAND'S REPERTOIRE?).  Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am local time, dates are below.

STREAM OR DOWNLOAD "Middle America"

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI

Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR


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NYC: STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS HEADLINING 4KNOTS FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY



It's been a minute since The Jicks have played in NYC and that's about to change. 4Knots Festival has enlisted them to be a headliner this year. If you're interested in going, find all the necessary information below.

4 Knots Festival - 2015 Schedule
Super Furry Animals - 8:30pm
STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS - 6:45PM
Twin Peaks - 5:45pm
Mikal Cronin - 4:45pm
Screaming Females - 3:45pm
Happyness - 2:45pm
Meatbodies - 2:05pm
Heaters - 1:25pm
Heaven - 12:40pm
Surfbort - 12:00pm

TICKETS: available here

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Today On WNYC's "Soundcheck", Last Night On "The Late Show With David Letterman"

Heads up --- the Jicks will be performing this afternoon at 2pm (eastern) on WNYC's "Soundcheck" , which you can hear all over the globe at WNYC.org. In addition, here's Monday night's performance of "Houston Hades", from "The Late Show With David Letterman". And if you're thinking this entire campaign was an awful lot of work just so we could get Letterman to say "jagbag" on TV, well, you're not wrong.



Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Tonight On CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman"



(photo culled from Food Is The New Rock, where you can hear Joanna, Stephen and Mike discussing, y'know, food)

Barring some kind of major miracle (ie. SM knocking out a new album in the next 5 months or Colbert getting cold feet), tonight (Monday, May 19) will most likely mark Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' final appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman", an occasion that ranks somewhere between Craig Ferguson's final show and the David Letterman's final appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in terms of historical significance.

We're told the Jicks will be performing "Houston Hades" off 'Wigout At Jagbags', but given the show isn't being taped until later today, reporting this is just a tad premature. LET THE CBS CENSORS DO THEIR JOBS, that's what I always say in these situations. They don't show up at our place of work and tell us which critically acclaimed, commercially underwhelming records to release, nor should we poke around the Ed Sullivan Theater trying to tell them that "kids grow up really fast nowadays" and "the whole world's a fucking sewer besides".

It's all happening at 11:35 eastern time, by the way, or shortly after animal trainer Jack Hanna subdues a brutish creature from either soiling or maiming the host. But enough about Dave's old stalker --- enjoy the show everybody!

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - In Session At KEXP



Sincere thanks to the lovely folks at KEXP.org for hosting & posting Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' session at their Seattle studios last April 13.

"The Janitor Revealed"
"Shibboleth"
"Lariat"
"J Smoov"


Wig Out At Jagbags is available direct from the Matador Store and finer retailers everywhere (and some mediocre ones, too).

Tommorow On WTF : Stephen Malkmus With Marc Maron



(we're very hopeful the entire band will be in focus when they're on national television)

You might recall a few months ago a wide-ranging conversation Marc Maron had with Josh Homme --- if not, you can find it here. Either way, on tomorrow's edition of Marc's WTF, his featured guest is Stephen Malkmus. Good thing they'll be getting into some intense subject matter as the latter is unlikely to receive any couch time when the Jicks appear on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday, May 19 (see how I slipped that in there?)

VIDEO : Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks -"Chartjunk" via The Current



There's probably a terrific excuse why we didn't post this clip of The Jicks performing "Chartjunk" from January's 'Wigout At Jagbags' at Minnesota Public Radio's The Current. SXSW hangover, tension over Crimea, Heartbleed virius, momentary depression over Letterman quitting, euphoria over Nardwuar getting Letterman's gig...take your pick. The important thing is, this huge oversight has been corrected.

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