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!
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".
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - "Lariat" on Fallon / Reddit AMA / Happy National Wigout At Jagbags Day
("Lariat", from Monday's broadcast of "Late Night With JImmy Fallon", footage courtesy NBC)
The 6th album of studio mastery from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, the not-at-all Dag Nasty baiting 'Wigout At Jagbags' is in finer record stores and is available from all better digital retailers today. (ALSO AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM US).
If this week's multiple NYC instores, gourmet ice cream tastings and network TV appearances weren't enough Jicks activity, Stephen will be doing a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 1pm. Will it be as illuminating as the AMA with "A Amazon warehouse associate who processes your returns"? I'm betting yes.
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Starting tomorrow, visit Milk Bar's Williamsburg location (382 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn) to get a taste of "Cinnamon and Lesbians", available for this week only.
All purchases of this very special soft serve will come with a limited edition poster designed by the one and only Gary Panter . SM & The Jicks will also be making a special in-store appearance at Milk Bar Williamsburg tomorrow at 4pm to sign posters and enjoy some ice cream with fans.
And don't forget the band are performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight!
Watch the video for Cinnamon and Lesbians here. Pick up Wig Out At Jagbags (out tomorrow!) on the Matador Store.
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Firstly, just a reminder that Wig Out At Jagbags is currently streaming in full on Amazon. Listen up and love it here.
Secondly, on Monday, January 6th, 2014 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Interested in attending? Enter here for a chance to win seats on the band bench and an opportunity to surround the stage during Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ performance. Please make sure you include the following band code: SMJ, in your entry form.
Thirdly, if you didn't win the Other Music private in-store contest fear not. The band will also be playing an in-store at Generation Records in NYC on Tuesday, January 7 at 8pm. Come by and ring in the release of Wig Out At Jagbags. All you gotta do to get in is pick up the record at Generation on Jan 7. First come, first served. More details on the below flyer.
Synchronize your Malkmus/Jicks watches:
NOW - Wig Out At Jagbags streaming in full on Amazon.
Monday Jan 6 - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performance. Win a chance to attend here.
Tuesday Jan 7 - Generation Records in-store performance.
Thursday Jan 9 - Other Music private in-store for contest winners. Winners announced here.
And hey now, there's a good chance we'll have even more Malkmus & The Jicks fun stuff to announce in the coming days. Just keep it here for more...
Pre-order Wig Out At Jagbags on the Matador Store.
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January 7 (January 6 in the UK) marks the release of the new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album, Wig Out At Jagbags, their first since 2011's Mirror Traffic, which follows a short period of Malkmus being relocated to Berlin. Malkmus sez:
"Wig Out At Jagbags is inspired by Cologne, Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas; Stephen-Malkmus-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 and home life in the 2010's ..."
1. Planetary Motion
2. The Janitor Revealed
4. Houston Hades
6. J Smoov
7. Rumble At The Rainbo
9. Independence Street
11. Cinnamon and Lesbians
12. Surreal Teenagers
Écoutez "Lariat" ici:
Matador Store Pre-order:
Pre-orders from the Matador store receive pre-order-only "Pick Up The Spare" 7'' (single sided 7'' on strawberry red vinyl) - while supplies last!
Pre-order from iTunes receive a download of "Lariat" instantly, and non-album track "Pick Up The Spare" on release date.
The band will be touring UK/Europe in January, with US dates to follow starting in Feb:
Mon Jan 13 -- Leeds | Brudenell
Tue Jan 14 -- Glasgow | Oran Mor
Wed Jan 15 -- Manchester | Gorilla
Thu Jan 16 -- London | Forum
Sat Jan 18 -- Paris | Divan Du Monde
Mon Jan 20 -- Madrid | Joy Eslava
Tue Jan 21 -- Barcelona | Bikini
Thu Jan 23 -- Milan | Tunnel
Sat Jan 25 -- Fribourg | Fri-Son
Sun Jan 26 -- Frankfurt | Zoom
Mon Jan 27 -- Berlin | Postbahnhof
Wed Jan 29 -- Copenhagen |Vega
Thu Jan 30 -- Hamburg | Knust
Fri Jan 31 -- Cologne | Gebaude 9
Sat Feb 1 -- Brussels | Botanique Orangerie
Sun Feb 2 -- Amsterdam | Bitterzoet
photo by Leah Nash
...or, if you prefer, 8 more days to find great records in real record stores before you risk being trampled to death in a Furby-esque frenzy. Naturally, we think the above LP is worth the hassle.
It was the 40th anniversary of the release of Can's Ege Bamyasi LP (an album known to me in my youth as Ege Bamyasi Okraschoten, because I didn't know anything), and WEEK-END Fest was happening in Cologne. The dates were November 30 through December 2, 2012, and the festival featured artists such as Ian Svenonious, Justus Köhnke, Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Scritti Politti, Deerhoof and Stephen Malkmus.
WEEK-END Fest co-curator Jan Lankisch (of Tomlab Records decided to ask Stephen, currently residing in Germany, whether he wanted to play the entirety of Ege Bamyasi with a band of German musicians Jan had rounded up. And Steve loved the idea. So after a few rehearsals, Steve was joined by Sebastian Blume (synths), Felix Hedderich (bass), Jan Philipp Janzen (drums) and Phillip Tielsch (guitar) for a truly magical & wondrous performance of one of the greatest albums of all time. It took place on December 2 at the Alte Kranhalle in Cologne, and was committed to tape by the band. The sound quality is fantastic; the performance jumps out of the grooves and bubbles its way through your stereo.
We are releasing the LP as a 3500-copy limited edition on green vinyl for Record Store Day, April 20, 2013. (Domino will be releasing it on red vinyl in Europe.) The hand-printed silkscreened sleeve was designed by David Shrigley, who also designed the poster for the event, inspired by the original artwork for Ege Bamyasi. It is being printed in Germany by Slowboy.
We're truly honored to be part of this special collaboration between tons of talented artists.
"This was the first Can LP I bought brand-new (Torquay, July 1972), and it is still my favourite."
-- Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler
"Ege Bamyasi was one of those marginal cut-out LPs (along with the 1st Stooges, Rhinoceros, Ambergris a.o.) that you'd find in the bargain bins of department stores in the early 70s. For kids with no money and an allure to weirdness these cheapos were significant listens. Ege Bamyasi with its okra can cover and live circus rock shot on the back was completely singular. And it sounded cool as shit. I still check it as one of the top 10 greatest rock LPs of all time, and it remains a perpetual inspiration."
-- Thurston Moore