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Stephen Releases New Single/Video, “Shadowbanned”—– “Being Stephen Malkmus” Instagram Filter Available Now

photo credit – Samuel Gehrke

Stephen releases a new single/video, “Shadowbanned,” from his new album, Traditional Techniques, out March 6th on Matador. Following lead single “Xian Man,” “Shadowbanned” bursts with flute-laced swagger and Malkmus as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream as he sings of “Amazon wheatfields and rivers of Red Bull//drip gush drip//data driven skip//to the part where the left bros parody TED talks.” Its video, directed by Jan Lankisch, features friends and fans of Malkmus, such as Kim Gordon, Mac DeMarco, Sharon Van Etten and Jason Schwartzman, performing “Shadowbanned” as a cartoon version of Malkmus (find a full list of appearances below). Their footage is interwoven with clips from older videos by Malkmus and Pavement in which the singer has been blurred, pixelated, and algorithmically replaced in order to render him invisible.  

The video was inspired by reading about female singers and musicians who were photoshopped from their album covers by an Iranian music streaming site,” says Lankisch, who realized “Shadowbanned“with the help of Janosch Pugnaghi, Gesa Gadow, Lina Sieckmann and Miri Gossing. The video represents two polar opposites: the involuntary erasure of a person in visual imagery and one’s desire to perform as a persona, thereby leaving the constraints of one’s everyday identity behind. “Identity is a matter of design. People like to play with characters and pretend to be someone else.” For this reason, Lankisch and Pugnaghi developed a filter for Instagram called “Being Stephen Malkmus,” which operates via face detection. The face of the user is overlaid with a stylized version of Malkmus’ face. The “Being Stephen Malkmus” Instagram filter is available today.

Watch Stephen Malkmus’ Video for “Shadowbanned”

  • Starring:
  • Mac DeMarco 
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Kim Gordon
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • Kurt Vile
  • Conor Oberst
  • Orono Noguchi 
  • Eric Koston
  • Mary Lattimore
  • Joe Beddia
  • Matt Korvette
  • Jake Morris
  • Polly Roche
  • Keshav Purushotham
  • Sharmila Banerjee
  • Lucía Castellanos
  • Charlotte Gfeller
  • Qais Essar
  • Maple Judd
  • Lia Wang
  • Lara Vinciguerra
  • Pernille Krogvig
  • Frederike Wetzels

Japanese shows on sale!

Hey hey, tickets on sale NOW for the 2 exclusive Japanese Groove Denied shows:

November 28 Osaka Shangri-la 
November 29 Tokyo Stream Hall 

Tix : https://www.creativeman.co.jp/event/stephen-malkmus/

Groove Denied shows headed to Japan

Attention Japan!

2 exclusive solo Groove Denied shows coming at ya…

November 28 Osaka Shangri-la 
November 29 Tokyo Stream Hall 

Tickets wont be on sale til July 13 at 10 AM JST, but you can bookmark the ticket page now:

https://www.creativeman.co.jp/event/stephen-malkmus/

Newly announced EU/UK solo dates

Tix on sale Fri 22nd (9am UK time)

Sept 13 – CCA, Glasgow 
Sept 14 – Whelan’s, Dublin 
Sept 16 – YES (The Pink Room), Manchester 
Sept 17 – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham 
Sept 18 – Moth Club, London 
Sept 23 – Gewolbe, Cologne 
Sept 24 – Kranhalle, Munich 
Sept 26 – Burg Schnabel, Berlin

Groove Denied is out today!

It’s out there, go get it!

http://smarturl.it/groove_denied

 

New Album, Sparkle Hard!

Out on Matador and Domino May 18th
pre-order here
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"Middle America" + Tour

“Middle America” + Tour

Photo by: Giovanni Duca

New single “Middle America”

Come see us on tour

Mazes, Sun Foot, Stefan Muller, Cavalry!

Hey! Which one of these excellent bands will be opening a Jicks show near you? Check the tour page to find out.

P.S. If you are in the Portland area this weekend (June 28) we will be playing a benefit for the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts at the OCAC.  It will be a special night, we’re even dusting off Old Jerry for this one!