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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Mon 25th Aug 2014 @ The Old Market

In support: Mazes
When: Mon 25th Aug 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Other info: Event page

New album called Wig Out at Jagbags. Jagbags 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 wigging out, go no further, dear reader… (and then there is Dag Nasty, which I won’t bother justifying, just a first flourish of the unstoppable need to name drop). 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 Schlegel, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas. Imagine Weezer / Chili Peppers. Slc, Alps, UVA in the late 80’s, NYRB, Aroma, Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townsend , Pavement, the Joggers, The NBA, home life in the 2013’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 the result. I’ve spent the last couple of years in Berlin. Berlin, while very hip and in some ways the “centre” 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 (too 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. O 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. Over 14’s welcome. Support from Mazes.

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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks + Mazes

28/04/2014 By James McLarnon


MalkmusStephen Malkmus is alt-rock royalty, standing at least equal to those other trailblazers-Thurston Moore, J. Mascis and Kevin Shields-often name checked by the wannabees of today and like them he has been massively influential. Granted, a great deal of that kudos was earned as a result of his decade as the guitarist and front-man for one of the bands of the nineties, Pavement, who from 1992’s Slanted and Enchanted to 1999’s Terror Twilight created lo-fi albums of feedback infused, fractured songs, often featuring Malkmus’s sardonic lyrics and laconic delivery. 2010 saw a reformation and world tour that we suspect means anyone shouting for ‘Gold Soundz’ at the Old Market will receive short shift.

For some the story ends with Pavement but it really shouldn’t. Malkmus’s other project may not have the era-defining magnificence of their predecessors but they are still a fantastically versatile and tight band led by one the most witty, charismatic and intelligent frontmen around. A self-titled debut appeared in 2001 which pretty much carried on from where the final Pavement album left off. Then, similar to his previous band, the consistency in quality demonstrated across all subsequent albums has been remarkable, even if at times The Jicks have embraced a greater number of styles including British folk, 70’s prog, psychedelia and freewheeling rock. Released earlier this year new album Wig Out At Jagbags is the equal of anything in Malkmus’s post-Pavement career and should form the basis of a fantastic intimate set at The Old Market.

Mazes are a well matched support act, indeed the London three-piece’s first album A Thousand Heys was, unfairly, written off in some quarters as Pavement worship. As if stung by the criticism their sonic palette broadened significantly on krautrock influenced follow-up Ores and Minerals, which very quietly became one of this writer’s favourite guitar albums of last year. No strangers to Brighton, previous visits have proved they are a super reliable live outfit.




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