Regardless of what critics say or think (they happen to be right about Pavement), Malkmus is one of the great guitarists of our time, and has created supremely weird and wonderful music as "Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks" for some time now.
Although drummer Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Quasi, Wild Flag, etc.) has departed, The Jicks are ready to ride again, with a new album and a show at Portland's Crystal Ballroom this Friday (November 8, 2013), followed by a European tour.
When I moved to Portland two and a half years ago, I was quite happy that the city was home to some of my favorite musicians, like M. Ward and Malkmus. It was not only that this meant you'd be able to see them perform regularly (as well as perhaps wandering around town in search of a coffee or an art gallery opening, or just walking in the rain with the one you love), but that you also lived in a city that was warm and welcoming to artists of this calibre.
Of course, shortly after I moved here, we heard that Malkmus would be moving to Berlin for a while.
I saw him at the Crystal last time The Jicks played there (great show, see videos below) and it would be nice to see him around town more often.
The legacy of Pavement simply increases with time. I hung out for a bit with Austin of Parquet Courts after a show this summer.. He's a big Pavement fan, of course, and was delighted to have jammed recently with Scott Kannberg (Spiral Stairs), and felt that Parquet Courts fit well with Pavement's legacy. Psychedelic avant garde guitar at its best.
I enjoyed the Pavement reunion shows. Although they didn't have a new album to offer us (yet), it was great to hear the music and see them all getting along.
It meant that the release of Mirror Traffic was delayed, as well as tour support for that fine album, so it may not have gotten the hearing it deserved.
I'm sure this new album will be great.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
With the upcoming Wig Out at Jagbags, Stephen Malkmus has made more records with the Jicks than with Pavement. He talks about why Anthony Kiedis isn't such a bad songwriter, naming his cat after a Daft Punk song, and more.
By Larry Fitzmaurice , November 4, 2013
"At the time, the 90s were so much about cynicism and irony,
but in some ways it was more idealistic and innocent
than mainstream indie trends of today."