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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks ‘Real Emotional Trash Tour’

Written by Toby Smith on July 21, 2009

STEPHEN MALKMUS, front-man of the legendary PAVEMENT and member of SILVER JEWS, returns to Australian stages with his friends THE JICKS for a long overdue run of shows this September. On the back of their most recent and raw record ‘Real Emotional Trash’, and for the first time since 2005, Malkmus will tour with fully-fledged Jicks: bassist Joanna Bolme, guitar/keyboardist Mike Clark, as well as monster drummer Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney & Quasi).

Malkmus’s genius is that he doesn’t conform to the limitations that words and melody impose. He is a word wizard and true guitar hero. In a musical avant garde style he invented, Malkmus twists his phrases into gummy-like incarnations, stretching them out, in, and back around again in brilliantly warped arrangements.

“I am not a present to be opened up and parcelled out again,” our man Malkmus insists on “Gardenia,” track seven on his new album. Ha! That’s what you think, pal. From the day nigh two decades ago when the first scratchy sounds of Pavement floated in the ether, the music of STEPHEN MALKMUS has been the gift that keeps on keepin’ on.

Expect nothing but pure brilliance when Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks hit town!

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Sunday 20th September The Zoo, Brisbane,

Tuesday 22nd September Metro, Sydney

Wednesday 23rd September Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, 03 9536-1168

Thursday 24th September Fowlers, Adelaide,

Friday 25th September Amplifier Bar, Perth

Sat 26th September Wave Rock Weekender, HYDEN WA

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