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Music, All Shook Down Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Stay Hunkered Down in the Witty Bunker

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Stay Hunkered Down in the Witty Bunker

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Stephen Malkmus isn't very impressed with the current state of film. He's not reading or hearing anything that moves him too much, either, and he's baffled by the Internet's ubiquitous impact on modern life. It's…
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Music, Hunkered Down in the Witty Bunker: Stephen Malkmus Matches Smarts With Silliness

Hunkered Down in the Witty Bunker: Stephen Malkmus Matches Smarts With Silliness

Stephen Malkmus isn't very impressed with the current state of film. He's not reading or hearing anything that moves him too much, either, and he's baffled by the Internet's ubiquitous impact on modern life. It's safe to say that Malkmus,…
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Music, All Shook Down David Bowie Is Too Cool For Awards Shows

David Bowie Is Too Cool For Awards Shows

This week's music news, via the mouths of musicians: "I just watched Ellen Page come out! Wow! What a speech! Congrats! #HRC #TimeToThrive"Lance Bass, in the audience, as the actress came out at a Human Rights Campaign Event (Twitter)"Never underestimate…
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Music, Pavement's Promise

Pavement's Promise

In 1994, Stephen Malkmus infamously made some funny comments about the Smashing Pumpkins and the Stone Temple Pilots during "Range Life," one of the many excellent songs on Pavement's second album, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. A decade later, when all…
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SF Weekly Letters

Malking It Worn-out pavement: I enjoyed reading Jennifer Maerz's article "The Noise Pop Network" . Her critiques are right on. However, I was pretty surprised by her statement regarding Pavement: "Instead of Malkmus, for example, why not…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Noise Pop fosters industry while playing it safe

Noise Pop fosters industry while playing it safe

San Francisco's music scene carries with it a proud independent spirit. We run our bands, labels, and studios without much concern for mainstream acceptance. While this self-made attitude fosters incredible creativity, it can also leave the city scattered into a…
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Music, Hear This Mightier than the Sword: Black Cobra slays

Mightier than the Sword: Black Cobra slays

It's tough to think of an indie icon more accomplished than Stephen Malkmus. Although he's best known for being frontman of the infamous slacker-rock band Pavement throughout the '90s, he has made a name for himself this millennium with his…
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Music, Hear This Stephen Malkmus hits the pavement

Stephen Malkmus hits the pavement

Reggae music isn't always known for its subtlety in the sex department, particularly when it comes to the younger artists coming out of Jamaica. But throughout a 30-plus-year career, singer Beres Hammond has always kept it classy and romantic with…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Lukewarm Lidell; Rademacher shows shades of Pavement

Lukewarm Lidell; Rademacher shows shades of Pavement

Although I hitched a ride for the night last week, I couldn't stop fidgeting on the Jamie Lidell bandwagon. Frankly, I just don't get the hype. Sure, the guy displays a certain experimental flair, with a live show that's unusual…
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Music, Reviewed Stephen Malkmus

Stephen Malkmus

I don't know about you, but I got scared for a second when Stephen Malkmus released his second solo effort, Pig Lib. While that record had brief moments of whatever wizardry the former Pavement frontman would summon with his old…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

"Malkmus, Malkmus, Malkmus!" we might mutter in frustration like an indie-rocking Jan Brady or John Malkovich. We've seen the glory the former leader of Pavement is capable of and can't argue with the fact that he and his low-fidelity slacker…
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Music, Pop Philosophy The Eleventh Time's the Charm

The Eleventh Time's the Charm

The Noise Poop By now, just about everyone knows what Noise Pop was -- a one-off for a handful of distortion-crazy bands beloved by S.F. music maven Kevin Arnold -- and is -- a plethora of (mostly) loud rock, spread…
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Music, Stairs' Way to Heaven

Stairs' Way to Heaven

There is a song on Preston School of Industry's new full-length, All This Sounds Gas, that hearkens back to Scott Kannberg's stint as guitarist for one of the greatest indie rock bands of all time. Actually, there's more than one…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

As the main songwriter for Pavement, Stephen Malkmus has made a decade-long career of breaking down the whole into a mess of assembly-resistant parts. Smirking out his intoxicating, indecipherable imagery, Malkmus was a much-loved force in '90s college rock. Fans…
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Two States

Terror Twilight, Pavement's fifth full-length album, is a hard record to get a fix on. Scott Kannberg, Pavement's guitarist, is having problems explaining it himself. Over breakfast in a Rockridge restaurant near his home in Berkeley, he's doing his…
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