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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks with Beck: Twice as Nice

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By: Spacelab Research Staff
May 24, 2011

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are releasing a new album on Aug. 23 titled Mirror Traffic. It's the follow-up to the 2008 album Real Emotional Trash.

"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 didn't swing it with the test market. For a long stretch 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," jokes Stephen Malkmus when talking about the new album title.

Matador Records is already calling it the greatest thing to happen since the last Jicks album, saying

"Mirror Traffic is the album that ties together Stephen’s skill-set like none of its predecessors. The recording is nothing short of gorgeous, the songs crackling with confidence. Calling this an album of the year candidate is really selling the record and the talented ensemble behind it short — what’s so special about this year, anyway?"

Advance music from Mirror Traffic will soon be unleashed. The album was produced by Mr. Beck Hansen, who also been making the rounds as a producer for Thurston Moore's latest album.

"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........in 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," said Malkmus when talking about the studio experience.

We'll also the departure of Janet Weiss as the drummer in the Jicks, as she has her hands full with other projects like Wild Flag and Quasi. Replacing Janet on drums will be Jakes Morris, the drummer from The Joggers, and will start to fill in once the tour ramps up.

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