Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Perform on Fallon, Release “Wig Out at Jagbags”

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The music of Stephen Malkmus always holds a fond place in my heart.  From the first moment I heard the quirky sounds of Pavement around 1994 when I was about 11 years old on MTV’s 120 Minutes, I was instantly intrigued. Through all the muffled Grunge sound and a sea of alternative and industrial bands, Pavement, was like nothing I had ever heard before. For all the youngsters out there, this was way before finding music on the internet or being able to download it on your phone and ipods. We usually had to work to find the music we loved. Countless hours of listening to college radio, recording on cassettes, zines, staying up late to watch 120 Minutes, you name it.

Stephen Malkmus and Pavement were my first true glimpse at ‘Indie Rock.’ None of my friends understood what that even meant at the time. Indie Rock in the suburbs of New York was pretty a non-existent term. I begged my parents to go to see Pavement every time the radio announced they were in town, to no avail. By the time I was old enough, they were no longer a band. Luckily I had the chance to see them twice at their Central Park reunion shows back in 2010, which were phenomenal. Malkmus’ voice I have always found to be one of the most unique in rock n’ roll. Somehow it always sounds a bit sarcastic, which I’m not even sure is intentional. But that’s part  of it’s beauty. Throughout the years with Pavement and his solo-esque project, The Jicks, Malkmus always delivers. He never completely strays away from his classic sound, but it is indeed a sound that has evolved throughout time. It has become more polished, perhaps even a bit slicker. His vocals are always unforgettable, and he never tries to be anything he isn’t.

This week Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks released their 6th studio record. Wig Out at Jagbags, an incredible 14-track piece that somehow is better with every listen. Just unleashing the video for “Cinnamon and Lesbians,” and honoring it with their own ice cream flavor/meet-and-greet fest at Momofuku in NYC this week, the group also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performing “Lariat,” with a special online bonus of “Stick Figures in Love.” What a great way to ring in the new year, no? Wig Out at Jagbags isn’t a great departure from any other Jicks record that has been released, but seriously, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Link to the videos below of the group performing on Jimmy Fallon. Wig Out at Jagbags is out NOW, via the lovely folks at Matador Records.

“Lariat”
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-lariat/n44778

“Stick Figures in Love”
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-stick-figures-in-love/n44766

TOUR DATES:

Wed Feb 12 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (with Tyvek)
Fri Feb 14 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s (with Tyvek)
Sat Feb 15 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House (with Tyvek)
Sun Feb 16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room(with Tyvek)
Tue Feb 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center (with Tyvek)
Wed Feb 19 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (with Tyvek)
Thu Feb 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (with Disappears)
Fri Feb 21 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch (with Disappears)
Sat Feb 22 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace(with Disappears)
Sun Feb 23 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus (with Disappears)
Tue Feb 25 – Boston, MA – Paradise (with Disappears)
Wed Feb 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (with Disappears)
Thu Feb 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Endless Boogie)
Fri Feb 28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat (with Endless Boogie)
Sat March 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (with Endless Boogie)
Mon March 03 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Purling Hiss)
Tue March 04 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (with Purling Hiss)
Wed March 05 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree (with Purling Hiss)
Thu March 06 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish @ House of Blues (with Purling Hiss)
Fri March 07 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs (with Purling Hiss)
Sun March 09 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (with Purling Hiss)
Sat March 15 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
Thu March 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri March 28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat March 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sun March 30 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 01 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom (with Speedy Ortiz)
Wed April 02 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 05 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat (with Speedy Ortiz)
Mon April 7 – Calgary, AB – Republik (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 8 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri April 11 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 12 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)

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Modern Mystery’s Year End List 2011 (Albums & Songs)

Yes, we’re a little late on this, but here is our Year End List(s) in all of their glory.

TOP ALBUMS of 2011

                                                     1. Real Estate – Days
Literally the most beautiful album we heard all year. Everything about Days is near perfect. Haunting guitars and echoing vocals provide a stunning LP that will hold the test of time. Real Estate put out the essential record of 2011 and will hold a place forever in indie music history. Congratulations to these guys for pouring their heart and soul into a record, and letting the listener hear every beat, every emotion, and every ounce of perfection.

2. Beirut – The Rip Tide
A close runner up, Beirut proves that they have staying power on their highly anticipated second album. They certainly lived up to the hype and brought the indie rock game to a whole new level.

3. The Drums – Portamento
Catchy, and a little deeper, The Drums plunge into the ocean, not to go surfing this time but to get a little heavier. The outcome? Amazing.

4. Sloan – The Double Cross
Always a MM favorite, the best foursome since The Beatles provide another album of blissful harmonies and catchy riffs. Sloan manages to do it again.

5. The Strokes – Angles
It may have taken 5 years for this little gem, but it was certainly worth the wait. We hope the next album is a little more cohesive, a little more “Strokesy,” but hell, it’s still one of the best records our ears came across this year, not to mention the most anticipated.

6. Neon Indian – Era Extraña
An incredible sophomore effort, that had us dancing around the apartment, the office, the car, etc. Alan Palomo knows what makes our hearts tick, and it’s his infectious brand of chillwave.

7.  Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
The second anticipated musical act out of retirement this year, Adams put out a tear jerking album of all acoustic material, this time without his infamous Cardinals. Gorgeous as always, that man cannot write a bad song.

8. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
 What may be the last album under the name Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and company pull out all the stops on this intriguing and somewhat eerie album. Oberst is better than ever, just when you thought that was impossible.

9. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Mirror Traffic
Stephen Malkmus albums always equals a win. Pretend to be surprised. The Beck produced record caught our ears this year. Nice one Malkmus, as always.

10. Sam Roberts Band – Collider
Another great album from SRB, the band is on a hot streak of great releases. Always a little under the radar, this cult favorite is winning over hearts and ears quickly. Jump on in.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Atlas Sound – Parallax
Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Destroyer – Kaputt
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
Cults – Cults
Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
Panda Bear – Tom Boy
James Blake – James Blake


Top Songs of 2011

1 The Strokes – “Undercover of Darkness”
2 Neon Indian – “Hexx Girlfriend”
3 Real Estate – “Green Aisles”
4 Bright Eyes – “Shell Games”
5 Chairlift – “Amanaemonesia”
6 Sloan – “The Answer Was You”
7 The Drums – “Money”
8 Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – “Senator”
9 Beirut – “Santa Fe”
10 Washed Out – Amor Fati
11 Joy Formidable – Whirring
12 Girls – “Honey Bunny”
13 Unknown Mortal Orchestra -“Ffunny Ffriends”
14 Real Estate – “It’s Real”
15 Cass McCombs – “Country Line”

MEET THE LANSKIES, YOUR NEW FAVORITE INDIE SENSATION; HEADED ON TOUR NOW & CMJ!


Are you a fan of The Futureheads? We Are Scientists? The Kooks? Well, anything and everything that is cool in music? Let us introduce to you the greatest French import of all time, THE LANSKIES

Starting to break out in the U.S. indie rock scene, THE LANSKIES are headed over to our side of the pond to embark on a few impressive tour dates. Are you ready for what they have to offer?

Having already won the prestigious award to support ZZ top in front of thousands of adoring fans at the Vielles Charrues festival in 2008, things have gone well for them since. And it is only looking up from here. Deeming themselves as a “Hot Wave,” group (move over New Wave!), the band is a combination of upbeat post-punk anthems and 80’s New York attitude. A force not to be messed with.

Fronted by Liverpool born, Lewis Evans, a charismatic performer on stage to say the least, he leads the band to the U.S. to take on the crowds. Having toured most of Europe and a successful tour of China, THE LANSKIES are well prepared for the U.S.

The group released their first album Bank Holiday last year and will be following up with the EP titled Romeo due out November 15th.

Meet the leaders of the new Paris-Liverpool rock scene, THE LANSKIES.

Be sure to catch the band on their West Coast and East Coast dates, including a stop at CMJ at The Hiro Ballroom.

TOUR:
10/08 in Los Angeles, CA @ Filter’s Festival (6pm)
10/08 in Los Angeles, CA @ Filter’s Festival (8pm)
10/09 in Los Angeles, CA @ The Cide (10pm)
10/12 in New York, NY @ Fontana’s (9pm)
10/14 in New York, NY @ Shrine Harleme (11pm)
10/19 in New York, NY @ Hiro Ballroom (CMJ) (8pm)

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks to Release New Beck Produced Record


It has been a lonnnnng while since we last recieved a record from Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks. Of course we can’t complain, right? Can you say Pavement reunion? Malkmus and the crew headed back in the studio with indie sensation Beck, to create their newest record that will be released on Matador Records. Mirror Traffic will be out August 23rd. If you can’t bare to wait, take a look below of a live sneak peak of one of the new tracks. This will be the last album to feature drummer Janet Weiss (formerly of Sleater Kinney), as she is going full fledge with her newest project, Wild Flag. Joggers drummer Jake Morris will take over for her for the time being.

Goldenboy to Release New LP in February


Shon Sullivan, a native of Diamond Bar, CA, who has toured with Spain and Elliott Smith, and opened for Bright Eyes, Stephen Malkmus, and Grandaddy under the alias Goldenboy, will release a new on album of February 8th. Entitled Sleepwalker, the album was written by Sullivan, demoed in his garage studio and later recorded with full band in two different southern California studios.

Goldenboy is previewing his new song “I Like You Because” for fans on MySpace, and he recently announced a nation wide tour.

Upcoming Tour Dates

12/30 – Fullerton, CA @ Stubricks
1/11 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
2/1 – Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace Center
2/2 – San Francisco, CA @ Dolores Park Cafe
2/3 – Berkeley, CA @ Starry Plough
2/4 – Reno, NV @ Tonic Lounge
2/5 – Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery
2/6 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s,  9pm
2/7 – Portland, OR @ Music Millenium in-store, 6pm
2/7 – Portland, OR @ East EnKelly’s Olympian
2/9 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/10 – Bellingham, WA @ Green Frog
2/11 – Bellevue, WA @ Ground Zero
2/12 – Bozeman, MT @ Filling Station