discography

Happy TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES Release Day!

Hey World – Happy TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES Release Day!


Out on Matador Records in North America and Domino Recording Company overseas.


Congrats to Stephen, Matt Sweeney, Chris Funk, and everyone else who came together to craft this thang.


You can cruise on over to https://stephenmalkmus.ffm.to/traditionaltechniques to stream/order/etc !

Band photo by Samuel Gehrke and Chris Shonting.

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

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

Groove Denied is out today!

It’s out there, go get it!

http://smarturl.it/groove_denied

 
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

CD, LP
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

CD, LP

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

 

Dark Wave

Dark Wave

CD, 10″
Domino | RUG 158

10″ track listing:
A1. Dark Wave
A2. Dynamic Calories
A3. Fractions & Feelings
A4. The Poet & The Witch (live)
A5. Old Jerry
A6. Shake It Around (live)

CD Single track listing:
1. Dark Wave
2. Dynamic Calories
3. Fractions & Feelings
4. Old Jerry
5. The Poet & The Witch (live)
6. Shake It Around (live)

 

Pig Lib

Pig Lib

CD, LP
Matador | OLE 572

1. Water and a Seat
2. Ramp of Death
3. (Do Not Feed The) Oyster
4. Vanessa From Queens
5. Sheets
6. Animal Midnight
7. Dark Wave
8. Witch Mountain Bridge
9. Craw Song
10. 1% of One
11. Us

 

Phantasies

Phantasies

CD5
Festival | 2165

1. Phantasies
2. Sin Taxi
3. Leisurely Poison
4. Vague Space
5. Malay Massaker