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From Mike

We’re having lots of fun practicing for the upcoming tour; re-learning all the songs off Mirror Traffic with Jake, plus dusting off a few deep-ish tracks from the first 4 records. Also, over the course of the last year plus, Stephen’s written a whole new album’s worth of tunes, so we’ll probably play a few different new ones every night. And we’re learning some surprise covers too, so it should make for a fun show.

We’re gearing up on the promo front too, doing some interviews and photo shoots (even snuck into the Mayor’s office for one), and lining up some release week events, which we’ll announce as soon as they get confirmed, so stay tuned…

US/CANADA Fall 2011

Tue Sep 20, 2011
Detroit MI | Majestic Theatre | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Wed Sep 21, 2011
Toronto ON | Phoenix Concert Theatre  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Thu Sep 22, 2011
Ottawa ON | Ritual  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Fri Sep 23, 2011
Montreal QC | Corona Theatre  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sat Sep 24, 2011
Boston MA | Royale  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sun Sep 25, 2011**
New York NY | Webster Hall  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

**This show is being moved from Terminal 5 to Webster Hall, and will now take place on Sunday, September 25 instead of Monday, September 26. All tickets purchased for the Terminal 5 show will be honored at Webster Hall. 

Wed Sep 28, 2011
Philadelphia PA | Theatre of Living Arts  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Thu Sep 29, 2011
Baltimore MD | Ram’s Head Live  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Fri Sep 30, 2011
Charlottesville VA | Jefferson Theater  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sat Oct 01, 2011
Saxapahaw NC | The Haw River Ballroom  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sun Oct 02, 2011
Atlanta GA | Variety Playhouse  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Tue Oct 04, 2011
Nashville TN | Mercy Lounge  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Wed Oct 05, 2011
Indianapolis IN | Earth House  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Thu Oct 06, 2011**
Chicago IL | Metro  | Buy Tickets on eTix | Buy Tickets on JamUSA
with Holy Sons 

** The October 6th  Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks show originally scheduled at the Vic Theatre has been moved to Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets purchased for the Vic Theatre will be honored at Metro.   Showtime is 8:00pm; Holy Sons will open the show.

Fri Oct 07, 2011
Milwaukee WI | Turner Hall  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sat Oct 08, 2011
Minneapolis MN | Pantages Theatre  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Tue Oct 11, 2011
Seattle WA | Neptune Theatre  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall

Wed Oct 12, 2011
Vancouver BC | The Biltmore Cabaret  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall

Thu Oct 13, 2011
Portland OR | Crystal Ballroom  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall

Sun Oct 16, 2011
San Francisco CA | Treasure Island Music Festival  | Buy Tickets

Wed Oct 19, 2011
Los Angeles CA | The Music Box  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall

Thu Oct 20, 2011
Solana Beach CA | Belly Up Tavern  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall

From SM – 05/11

“Hey its May 2011– and we have some updates. Yeah, the new album is called “Mirror Traffic”. There was a lot of deliberation on the album title front but in the end we went the cryptic route–for some reason “Madonna in Love” didnt swing it with the test market. FOr a long stretch when it was gonna be called “L.A. Guns”, but with lawsuits flying left and right these days, I was talked off the ledge by cooler minds. This is bad form to talked about what might have been, Negative Hypnosis, but in the age of tell-all I thought I’d join in.

We recorded it with Beck over the last year. It took a while to finish due to “Life”–the actual “rock hours” were pretty reasonable…… fact 68% of the tracking, vocals included, took place on one day, a first for me. We pretty much left it all out there, so look for 50 minutes of tunage, 13 songs, and LOTS of good times.

Also, Janet Weiss is not with us anymore–over the last year she started Wild Flag …..its a growing concern–We couldn’t hit the daily double. We wish her well in her future shredding. …

THe silver lining — Jake Morris of the Joggers and newly hatched Night Moves has assumed the throne, and it’s a pretty swank fit. Look for us in all the usual places in September.

THats all for now. Thanks y’all

Jake Morris

Jake Morris

Libra, and late bloomer. Admits to still being semi attracted to girls with blonde dreads. Says no to Rap. Rode the big wheel through the halls in The Shining. Hates change. Has no nemesis. Makes a fine Manhattan, likes beer too much though. Unlicensed therapist, certified life coach.

Steve Malkmus

Steve Malkmus

the true Victims Family fan . Born in Los Angeles…… Spends his free time hitting a large bell……. Majored in Leprosy at Inkblot Tech…….Feels most at home around Darts… At some point established himself as a group to keep watching….Presently a Trustee of the Crystal Gayle Theater of the Perfoming Arts in Pullman Washington.
Defines a Jick as: “J from Jagger plus Mick minus M”

Mike Clark

Mike Clark

From the 1983 Clark Family letter…


Joanna Bolme

Joanna Bolme

Born on April Fool’s Day. Descendant of Kintpuash. Attended first concert, The Who/Three Dog Night, at 5 years old. Did not speak for two days after Jackson was killed on The White Shadow. First “complicated” bass line ever learned, Strutter, KISS. Lets dog sleep on the bed. Likes avocados, beer and black licorice. Dislikes litterbugs, WAL*#%MART and cars that hog the passing lane. Can dance bulerias but aspires to siguiriyas. Thinks Gregory Peck is the most handsome movie star of all time.

Mirror Traffic

Mirror Traffic

release August 23 2011

CD, LP, Digital Album
Matador | OLE xxx

1. Tigers
2. No One Is (As I Are Be)
3. Senator | Download mp3
4. Brain Gallop
5. Jumblegloss
6. Asking Price
7. Stick Figures In Love
8. Spazz
9. Long Hard Book
10. Share The Red
11. Tune Grief
12. Forever 28
13. All Over Gently
14. Fall Away
15. Gorgeous Georgie


Real Emotional Trash

Real Emotional Trash

Matador | OLE 722

1. Dragonfly Pie
2. Hopscotch Willie
3. Cold Son
4. Real Emotional Trash
5. Out of Reaches
6. Baltimore
7. Gardenia
8. Elmo Delmo
9. We Can’t Help You
10. Wicked Wanda
11. Walk Into the Mirror
12. Mr. Jolly


Kindling For The Master

Kindling For The Master

CDEP, 2 x 12″
Domino | RUG 229

Record 1:
A1. Kindling For The Master – Emperor Machine Remix – Vocal
B1. Kindling For The Master – Major Swellings Remix – Vocal

Record 2:
C1. Kindling For The Master – Hot Chip Remix
D1. Kindling For The Master – Polmo Polpo Remix


Baby C'Mon

Baby C’Mon

CDEP, 2 x 12″
Domino | RUG 208

Side A:
A1. Baby C’mon

Side B:
B1. Wow Ass Jeans


Face The Truth

Face The Truth


Matador | OLE 650

1. Pencil Rot
2. It Kills
3. I’ve Hardly Been
4. Freeze the Saints
5. Loud Cloud Crowd
6. No More Shoes
7. Mama
8. Kindling For the Master
9. Post-Paint Boy
10. Baby C’mon
11. Malediction