Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Full Discography

  • Wig Out At Jag Bags - OLE-1050 - 2014-01-07
  • Mirror Traffic - OLE-928 - 2011-08-23
  • Cold Son - OLE-811 - 2008-04-19
  • Real Emotional Trash - OLE-772 - 2008-03-04
  • Face The Truth - OLE-650 - 2005-05-24
  • Dark Wave - RUG 158 - 2003-07-15
  • Pig Lib - OLE-572 - 2003-03-18
Singles & EPs
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / L.A. Guns SPLIT SINGLE -- Wheels of Fire / Gorgeous George (SGHA 12 #1 - OLE-976 - 2012-01-17
  • Senator - OLE-970 - 2011-10-31
  • Kindling For The Master - RUG 229 - 2006-08-28
  • Baby C'Mon - RUG 208 - 2005-09-11


the title.
new album called Wig Out at Jagbags.  Jagbag is a great word. A smeared aspersion,  not profanity, but derived from one….. watered down for the airwaves, or the assembly line. To Wig out--we've all been there.  We ARE there, at least i Am. 

And the "I" on a record is speaking for/as/to you, so If you’re not wigging out, go no further, dear reader…

 (and then there is Dag Nasty, which I wont bother  justifying , just a first flourish of the unstoppable need to name drop).

the album.
produced by the band and Remko Schouten, the Dutch soundman of Pavement  fame, and owner of IJland studio in east Amsterdam.

I don’t know where to start… again. This record is inspired by Cologne Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas.  Imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80's,  NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis,  Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement,  the Joggers, The NBA, home life in the 2010's…

We (Remko) found a studio over in the Ardennes with a" farmhouse vibe". It was isolated, rural Belgium… near Luxembourg, the cradle of morbid Tax relief. It went very well cuz the band is quite good….We were (are?) pretty psyched with results.

I’ve spent the last couple years in Berlin.  Berlin, while very hip and in some ways the "center" of Europe, is still isolated. At least if you are an American Dad. Pretty amazing place as you probably already know, and so easy to disappear into.  Perhaps any " big" city has this quality-- but a New one (to me), where they speak German(mostly)….well, you can almost cease to exist. Which is of course  a liberating fantasy. 

But after two years there, we were Starting to Exist. It was like an average birth, without pain.  I worked the lyrics/chords out on a computer on someone else's table in someone else's apartment.  And This is what you get: Projected Imaginings of ROck and ROll from the freezing north, rendered by West Coast stalwarts and a Dutch Uncle.

And we feel compelled to share it with you.

-- SM (& Jicks)

 (Stephen Malkmus, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris, Mike Clark)

News From The Matablog

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. 

Stephen Malkmus on The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear an extended conversation between author/screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (left) and guitarist/vocalist/fantasy sports enthusiast Stephen Malkmus (right)?  Me neither, but your opportunity to do so can be found above!

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - In Session At WFUV

During January's week-of-release whirlwind of NYC activity for the release of 'Wigout At Jagbags', SM & The Jicks took up Bobby Bonilla's kind offer to show them the Bronx and topped it off with a session at WFUV.  "Shibboleth" is shown above ; there's also versions of "Lariat" and "Scattegories". 

If Elizabeth Winship Could Shred : SM's Advice For The Lovelorn


Ask a Grown Man: Stephen Malkmus from Rookie on Vimeo.

(sorry, Lorne)

Rookie needed someone for their "Ask A Grown Man" segment.  Until the grown man shows up, here's Stephen Malkmus!

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks on Sirius XMU tonight

(photo by Leah Nash)
Traipsing along your Sirius XM dial to Sirius XMU (channel 35) tonight at 9:00PM EST will pay dividends this week, as you'll be just in time to feast your ears on a performance by the four and only Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks. Not near your satellite radio tonight? Guess what, I've personally seen to it that you have three more chances to listen: Thursday, 1/23 at 4:00PM EST Friday, 1/24 at 9:00AM EST Sunday, 1/26 at 12:00 noon EST I also convinced the band to go on the following tour dates. I really hope you appreciate all this. Wed Feb 12 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (with Tyvek) Fri Feb 14 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s (with Tyvek) Sat Feb 15 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House (with Tyvek) Sun Feb 16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room (with Tyvek) Tue Feb 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center (with Tyvek) Wed Feb 19 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (with Tyvek) Thu Feb 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (with Disappears) Fri Feb 21 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch (with Disappears) Sat Feb 22 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (with Disappears) Sun Feb 23 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus (with Disappears) Tue Feb 25 – Boston, MA – Paradise (with Disappears) Wed Feb 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (with Disappears) Thu Feb 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Endless Boogie) Fri Feb 28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat (with Endless Boogie) Sat March 01 – Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts (with Endless Boogie) Mon March 03 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Purling Hiss) Tue March 04 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (with Purling Hiss) Wed March 05 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree (with Purling Hiss) Thu March 06 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish @ House of Blues (with Purling Hiss) Fri March 07 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs (with Purling Hiss) Sun March 09 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (with Purling Hiss) Sat March 15 – Portland, OR – Star Theater Thu March 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (with Speedy Ortiz) Fri March 28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz) Sat March 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah (with Speedy Ortiz) Sun March 30 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown (with Speedy Ortiz) Tue April 01 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom (with Speedy Ortiz) Wed April 02 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (with Speedy Ortiz) Thu April 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (with Speedy Ortiz) Sat April 05 – Missoula, MT - Top Hat (with Speedy Ortiz) Mon April 7 – Calgary, AB – Republik (with Speedy Ortiz) Tue April 8 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room (with Speedy Ortiz) Thu April 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz) Fri April 11 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar (with Speedy Ortiz) Sat April 12 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)