Eat Your Own Ears presents
STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS
plus special guests
Thursday 5 June
Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8TT 020 8354 3300
Tickets £14 advance from:
0844 477 2000
0870 264 3333
STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS plays a live set at Shepherds Bush Empire on Monday 5 June to promote his fourth solo record 'Real Emotional Trash' out on Domino Records.
"Real Emotional Trash is a fantastic psychedelic feast, full of cosmic guitar crackle and electric piano and batshit poetry. It's the album Malkmus has been driving at ever since he learned how to rip off the Velvet Underground and Quicksilver Messenger Service at the same time…downright glorious." 4 and a half out of 5 – Rolling Stone
The Jicks line–up now includes Sleater Kinney and Quasi drummer Janet Weiss
It seems like there are more and more lists. Just as the heart worn ramshackle sound they created appears in the charts and tip sheets via Modest Mouse, Blitzen Trapper and Los Campesinos! Pavement have started to appear around the top of a lot of these lists as their influence lingers and solidifies. Far more exciting, especially in the here and now, is the fact Stephen Malkmus’ new album is amongst the most sparkling and mercurial music he has ever made.
Real Emotional Trash marks a departure – for the first time Malkmus has a band behind him whose chops and intuitive ability to run off a cliff in search of a chord progression matches his own. Janet Weiss, whose backing vocals illuminate a lot of these songs, is a drumming sensation. Along with bassist Joanna Bolme she forms a rhythm section whose sassiness is matched only by its heaviness and wig-out confidence; and having clicked, the Jicks really know how to cut loose.
There is a finessed jam feel at work in these tracks. Hopscotch Willie lunges hypnotically. Elmo Delmo suggests new definitions of the term headbanger.
At over ten minutes, the title track echoes such epic jams as Fairport’s A Sailor’s Life, Marquee Moon and Quicksilver Messenger Service’s Happy Trails. It also
highlights Malkmus’ ability to effortlessly turn his guitar into a splintering neon saw one minute, a silver chooglin’ riff monster the next. Whatever else is happening in Portland, Oregon they should build a glass-domed psychedelic ballroom in the near future.
R E T, like a lot of great records, maps out its own wide open space and pushes itself around, shifts in different directions and changes its shape – a group locked together in the same psychic environment.
Scattered across the tracks are snatches of Malkmus’ trademark head-scratching insights: Cold Son finds the protagonist feeling “like a nympho stuck in a cloister”. The title track’s recollection that “down in Sausalito we had clams and dessert / you spilt chardonnay on your gypsy skirt” maintains the eye for social detail that suggest,
had he been born a few generations earlier, Malkmus would have traded baseball cards and peyote tips with Terry Southern and John Updike.
When headlining the closing night of The Green Man Festival in 2007 Malkmus and the Jicks’ set drew heavily on R E T. The songs sounded blasted and psychedelically modern. What a rush that in their recorded state they are even more intuitive, starlit and stretched.
Unfortunately Ooioo are unable to make the show on the 24th, we're really disappointed at this news and hope to reschedule another live show with them at some point in the near future.
Eat Your Own Ears Series
INDIGO2 The O2 / indigO2, Gate 3A, Millennium Way, Greenwich, SE10 0AX 0208 463 2700
Wednesday 23 April
Very special guests to be announced
Thursday 24 April
Four Tet (live)
Sunburned Hand of the Man
Friday 25 April
PrinzHorn Dance School
Morgan Geist (live)
Saturday 26 April
Plus special guests
Sunday 27 April
Special guests to be announced
Monday 28 April
RZA (Wu Tang Clan)
Tickets £12.50 from:
www.ticketweb.co.uk 08700 600 100
indigO2 Ticket Hotline 0844 844 0002
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Taking their name from a song by New York No Wave artists DNA, BLONDE REDHEAD began playing and rehearsing in New York in the early 1990s, drawing inspiration from the city's squalling underground scene, from movie soundtracks, everywhere they could.
From their first combustive, dissonant record produced by Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) to the hypnotic, rapturous songwriting of self-produced 23 the band have created an impressive 7 albums. Their live sets see them combining spare otherworldliness and bittersweet tension as they deliver blurred strings, magical chimes, dark guitar washes, multidimensional rhythms and rich bass lines, think somewhere between Serge Gainsbourg and The Cocteau Twins meets My Bloody Valentine.
Plus special guests
www.ticketweb.co.uk 0844 477 2000
0870 264 3333