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For you non-procrastinators, you can now buy tickets to the Father John Misty / Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks show happening on September 1st of this year in Troutdale, OR. We both played the Boston Calling Music Festival last Fall and it was a blast.


Jick’s Picks Vol. 1: Quiet Music Festival 6/27/15

Back in the sweltering summer of ’15, The Jicks were invited to play the 5th Annual Quiet Music Festival, in the heart of Portland’s historic Kenton neighborhood. Despite the fact that Jake was out of town, and that we don’t normally play at a volume you can nap to, we rose to the challenges of this unique opportunity to play an intimate, unusual, and idiosyncratic set of re-arranged songs, one-off covers, and deep rarities from the depths of our catalog. It was captured on analog 2-track 1/4″ tape, and is now available for streaming and download via the QMF’s bandcamp page. Check it out and see what all the hype is about, if only to hear what might be the only time we ever played ultra-rare s/t album track “Deado” live.

2015 Shows Part 2

Fun fact: the line in beloved Pig Lib bonus disc rarity ‘Dynamic Calories’ that goes “From York to New York, you were a mild sensation” was originally “From Austin to Boston….”. It’s true! And I know I have a bootleg live recording of an early version of it lying around in the archives somewhere to prove it if you don’t believe me. Anyway, as Summer turns to Autumn, and my thoughts drift back to the forgotten college radio bands of yore (Fetchin Bones anyone?) we Jicks are in the midst of living out those prophetic lyrics. Last weekend we brought our lighthearted and lackadaisical show to Austin’s Parish club (read all about it here: ), and next weekend we make our way to Boston for not one but two shows! On Saturday, we’ll be a part of the excellent Boston Calling music festival, for which single-day tickets may be purchased here: Preceding that, on Friday we will be headlining the Boston Calling Official After Party at the Sinclair (ticket link: I know it seems strange that we’re playing an after party BEFORE our festival show, which presumably means we’ll be partying before the after party, but I’m pretty sure it all makes sense somehow. Come on down if you can and join us while we “make a little rendezvous…”

Wig Out Down Under!

Just when you thought we were done Wigging Out, the Wigging Out continues! We’re so happy to announce that we’ll be returning to Australia early next year for what are sure to be a rambunctious and raucous bunch of shows. Check out the ‘tour’ page for details, dates, and ticket links.



Content, old and new

Wig out across the World is coming to a close, which gives us a chance to look both backwards and forwards. Looking back to our March 5 show at the BottleTree in Birmingham, AL should be getting a lot easier soon. It was recorded by We Have Signal and will soon be streaming on their website and airing on Alabama Public Television. Stay tuned for details. Looking forward, about the only thing we have on our calendar is a Bartender Gig show with Spoon in L.A. on Sunday Oct 19. RSPVs are closed for this event, but audio/visual documentation may be forthcoming.



One off

Fri Nov 8, 2013

Portland, OR | Crystal Ballroom | tickets

South America 2013!

Fri Apr 26, 2013

Rio | Circo Voador | tickets

Sat Apr 27, 2013

Maringá | Nite Club

Sun Apr 28, 2013

Belo Horizonte | Granfinos | tickets

Mon Apr 29, 2013

Sao Paulo | Beco 203 | tickets

Tue Apr 30, 2013

Sao Paolo | Beco 203 | tickets

Thu May 2, 2013

Porto Alegre | Beco 203 | tickets

Sun May 5, 2013

Santiago | Ex Oz



We’re bringing the U.S. tour back to our ‘hood this week with shows in Seattle, Vancouver B.C., and a hometown show in Portland. We’ll also be paying a visit to the excellent KEXP studios on Tuesday, October 11th at 1:00PM p.s.t., which steams live at for those of you not fortunate enough to live in the fabulous Pacific Northwest.

Amoeba In-Store

On August 23rd, the day Mirror Traffic comes out, we’re returning to the scene of the crime, blocks away from where it was recorded, to do a free all ages in-store at the Hollywood Amoeba. We’ll play some songs, sign some stuff, and most importantly, shop at one of my favorite stores. I saw OFF! there the last time I was in L.A. and it made my night. Our last in-store at the S.F. Amoeba is still in the archives on their site if you want to check it out:

This,  along with other bits of promo news, was posted on our new Twitter account @MalkmusAndJicks, which we’ll try to keep at least semi-regularly updated.

Behind the scenes of the No One Is (As I Are Be) video shoot

From Stephen

U2 played chicago the other night. THis tour is the biggest grossing tour ever. Amazing. They are tiny ants on stage. ITs been said that these  big shows just don’t work no matter how much money you throw at production.  i agree.


Israel has nukes. And no one ever mentions it. I remember a while ago when i was traveling and for some reason the “relationship” between Aparthied South Africa and Israel came up.  Apparently the relation ship included sharing yellowcake!!!

speaking of SKeevy


this Strauss -Kahn stuff is ….yuck.

THe dude was propositioning  hotel workers all night, then has mystery lady over the night before. ,,,,,THen gets morning blowjob from housekeeper, probably forced …………… THen goes to McCormick and Schmidts  for lunch with daughter!!!  Im assuming this is an average sunday for the guy.  TO each his own?


quick hits–

Ellsworth Kelly was looking great at the CHicago Art Institute.  THey have a   Meatyard exhibit too.  FOrgot about him.

WIttgenstein loved dimestore detective stories.

The Indiana Dunes are amazing for fourth of july.

Millennium Park is looking a success

Adam Dunn totally sucks and Eric Hosmer looks for real (went to game)

Danny Espinosa is having a great year and I predicted that one.


CHECK out : EMA ,TY Segall ,Real EState ,Cass McCombs county line, any SHeepeater records out of Hailey Idaho,

Neptune COllection (folkways) ,Crazyhead 12″,  ROn and SHirley Rock and Scroll


Senator Contest

Matador’s running a contest to see who can come up with the best replacement for “b___  j__” in the chorus to Senator. Will the winner have his/her lyrics recorded by Stephen and pressed onto a one of a kind 7″ record? Yes! Will they receive songwriting royalties? No! (read the lengthy submission agreement and contest rules). We want this song to be a massive radio hit, so get cracking.