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NEWS: New Record!! New Tour!!

Its a big day. A lot to dig into here. Read on…

PRE-ORDER

Stephen Malkmus announces his new album, Traditional Techniques, out March 6th via Matador (and Domino in UK/Europe), lead single, Xian Man,” and a North American tour. Traditional Techniques, Malkmus’ third solo LP without the Jicks (or Pavement), is new phase folk music for new phase folks, with Malkmus as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream.It’s packed with handmade arrangements, modern folklore, and 10 songs written and performed in his singular voice. An adventurous new album in an instantly familiar mode, Traditional Techniques creates a serendipitous trilogy with the loose fuzz of the Jicks’ Sparkle Hard (2018) and the solo bedroom experiments of Groove Denied (2019). Taken together, these three very different full-lengths in three years highlight an ever-curious songwriter committed to finding untouched territory.

Malkmus took on Traditional Techniques as a kind of self-dare. Conceived while recording Sparkle Hard at Portland’s Halfling Studio, Malkmus had observed the variety of acoustic instruments available for use. The idea escalated within a matter of weeks into a full set of songs, and shortly thereafter into a realized and fully committed album. When he returned to Halfling, Malkmus drew from a whole new musical palette–including a variety of Afghani instruments–to support an ache both quizzical and contemporary. The resulting Traditional Techniques is expansive and thrilling. Alongside gorgeous folk music, there are also occasional bursts of flute-laced swagger, straight-up commune rock (“Xian Man”), and mind-bending fuzz. 


Press photo by Samuel Gehrke and Chris Shonting

Centered around the songwriter’s 12-string acoustic guitar, and informed by a half-century of folk-rock reference points, Traditional Techniques is the product of Malkmus and Halfling engineer/arranger-in-residence Chris Funk (The Decemberists). Matt Sweeney (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Chavez) plays guitar throughout. 

Malkmus will embark on a North American tour this spring with an entirely new band (more shows will be announced in the weeks to come). The Traditional Techniques live band is Malkmus (vocals, guitar), Funk (pedal steel, keys), Sweeney (guitar), Brad Truax (bass), and Jake Morris (drums), joined at times by Qais Essar (rabab) and Eric Zang (kaval, udu, daf). A full list of dates can be found below and tickets are on sale Friday, January 24th at 10am local time. 

Traditional Techniques Tracklist:

1. ACC Kirtan

2. Xian Man

3. The Greatest Own in Legal History

4. Cash Up

5. Shadowbanned

6. What Kind of Person

7. Flowin’ Robes

8. Brainwashed

9. Signal Western

10. Amberjack

Stephen Malkmus Tour Dates:

Tue. March 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave —Tickets

Wed. April 1 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall–Tickets

Thu. April 2 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall–Tickets

Fri. April 3 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners–Tickets

Sat. April 4 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom–Tickets

Sun. April 5 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West–Tickets

Tue. April 7 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel–Tickets

Wed. April 8 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle–Tickets

Thu. April 9 – Richmond, VA @ The National–Tickets

Fri. April 10 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat–Tickets

Sat. April 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer–Tickets

Mon. April 13 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall–Tickets

Wed. April 15 – Boston, MA @ Royale–Tickets

Thu. April 16 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral–Tickets

Fri. April 17 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall–Tickets

Sat. April 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom–Tickets

Sun. April 19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall–Tickets

UK/EU solo shows are NOW

Groove Denied solo shows are happening NOW. Some are SOLD OUT, some are really close… like Utrecht and Cologne for example have a mere handful left… Dont sleep on it if you wanna go.

Full dates down below the poster, with ticket links!

–all shows with support from Martin Frawley

Fri September 13 Glasgow UK @ CCA (Centre For Contemporary Arts) –SOLD OUT

Sat September 14 Dublin IR @ Whelan’s – SOLD OUT

Mon September 16 Manchester UK @ YES (The Pink Room) – SOLD OUT

Tues September 17 Birmingham UK @ Hare And Hounds – SOLD OUT

Wed September 18 London UK @ Moth Club (early show)-SOLD OUT
Wed September 18 London UK @ Moth Club (late show) –SOLD OUT

Fri September 20 Paris FR @ Point Ephemere – Tickets

Sat September 21 Utrecht NL @ De Nijverheid – Tickets

Mon September 23 Colonge DE @ Gewolbe – Tickets

Tues September 24 Munich DE @ Kranhalle – Tickets

Thurs September 26 Berlin DE @ Burg Schnabel – Tickets

Fri September 27 Milan IT @Santeria Social Club – Tickets

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/

Sparkle Hard(er) Europe ’19 Starts Next Week!

May 30  Primavera Sound,  Barcelona  Tickets
May 31 This Is Not A Love Song,  Nimes  Tickets
June 2 Best Kept Secret,  Hilvarenbeek  Tickets
June 4 De Casino,  St. Niklaas  Tickets
June 5  Knust,  Hamburg  Tickets
June 7  Debaser,  Stockholm  Tickets
June 8  Sideways,  Helsinki  Tickets
June 11  Parkteatret,  Oslo   Tickets
June 12  Bergenfest,  Bergen  Tickets
June 14 Lille Vega,  Copenhagen  Tickets
June 15 Traumzeit, Duisburg Tickets
June 16 Maifeld Derby,  Mannheim  Tickets
June 18 De Kreun,  Kortrijk  Tickets
June 19  La Gaîté Lyrique,  Paris  Tickets

Stephen Malkmus’ new electronic album ‘Groove Denied’ out March 15

The rumors are true: The “rejected” electronic album that Stephen Malkmus has been telling everyone about will see the light of day on March 15th (pre-order it here: http://smarturl.it/groove_denied). But Groove Denied is not a full-blown plunge into EDM or hiptronica. In fact, there aren’t any purely instrumental tracks on the album. Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric. Groove Denied is Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a comfy routine. As Malkmus commented recently in a recent video interview, “It’s kind of funny to mess with stuff you’re not supposed to mess with.”

The first taste of Stephen’s new groove can be sampled today, with the release of single “Viktor Borgia,” and its accompanying video starring Stephen alone in a dance club — until he turns into a digital avatar and dance-battles the digital avatars of a Random Businessman and a pony-tailed pop-star named Ariana.

The title playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. With its stately melody and the almost-English-accented vocal, the coordinates here are early Human League or even Men Without Hats. “Yes, I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Stephen, adding “and also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

Photo by Robbie Augspurger

Stephen will embark on a solo tour, sans Jicks, in May. The newly announced run of dates can be found below – tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am.

Wed May 1 – Toronto ON @ The Great Hall – Tickets

Fri May 3 – Somerville MA @ Arts At The Armory – Tickets

Sat May 4 – Ardmore PA @ Ardmore Music Hall – Tickets

Sun May 5 – Washington DC @ Union Stage – Tickets

Tues May 7 – Austin TX @ 3TEN ACL Live – Tickets

Fri May 10 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge – Tickets

Sat May 11 – Seattle WA @ Columbia City Theater – Tickets

Tue May 14 – San Francisco CA @ Swedish American Hall – Tickets

Wed May 15 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room – Tickets

Sparkle Hard Europe Starts In One Week!!

UK/Europe Dates

October 17  Albert Hall, Manchester  Tickets

October 18  SWG3, Glasgow  Tickets

October 19  Vicar St., Dublin  Tickets

October 21  SWX, Bristol  Tickets

October 22  The Asylum, Birmingham  Tickets

October 24  EartH (FKA- Hackney Arts Centre), London  SOLD OUT

October 25  Concorde 2, Brighton  Tickets

October 26-27  BIME Festival, Bilbao  Tickets

October 29  Lido, Berlin  Tickets

October 30  Stadtgarten, Cologne  Tickets

October 31  Melkweg, Amsterdam  Tickets

November 2  Filter Festival @ Trix, Antwerp  Tickets

November 3  Pitchfork Festival, Paris  Tickets

10/5 Greek Theatre LA with Courtney Barnett!

Filter Festival Antwerp November 2

BIME Festival Bilbao October 26-27

Middle Waves Festival 9/15

New album SPARKLE HARD out now!

Get our new album “Sparkle Hard” now wherever you buy or stream music: http://smarturl.it/sparklehard

Don’t miss our KEXP session on Monday May 21 – it’s open to the public, but if you’re not in Seattle you can tune in on kexp.org at noon.

We’re also heading out on tour soon! Check the tour dates tab for dates and tickets.