Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Full Discography

  • Pig Lib - OLE-572 - 2003-03-18
  • Real Emotional Trash - OLE-772 - 2008-03-04
  • Cold Son - OLE-811 - 2008-04-19
  • Mirror Traffic - OLE-928 - 2011-08-23
  • Face The Truth - OLE-650 - 2005-05-24
  • Dark Wave - RUG 158 - 2003-07-15
  • Wig Out At Jag Bags - OLE-1050 - 2014-01-07
Singles & EPs
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / L.A. Guns SPLIT SINGLE -- Wheels of Fire / Gorgeous George (SGHA 12 #1 - OLE-976 - 2012-01-17
  • Senator - OLE-970 - 2011-10-31
  • Kindling For The Master - RUG 229 - 2006-08-28
  • Baby C'Mon - RUG 208 - 2005-09-11


the title.
new album called Wig Out at Jagbags.  Jagbag is a great word. A smeared aspersion,  not profanity, but derived from one….. watered down for the airwaves, or the assembly line. To Wig out--we've all been there.  We ARE there, at least i Am. 

And the "I" on a record is speaking for/as/to you, so If you’re not wigging out, go no further, dear reader…

 (and then there is Dag Nasty, which I wont bother  justifying , just a first flourish of the unstoppable need to name drop).

the album.
produced by the band and Remko Schouten, the Dutch soundman of Pavement  fame, and owner of IJland studio in east Amsterdam.

I don’t know where to start… again. This record is inspired by Cologne Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas.  Imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80's,  NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis,  Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement,  the Joggers, The NBA, home life in the 2010's…

We (Remko) found a studio over in the Ardennes with a" farmhouse vibe". It was isolated, rural Belgium… near Luxembourg, the cradle of morbid Tax relief. It went very well cuz the band is quite good….We were (are?) pretty psyched with results.

I’ve spent the last couple years in Berlin.  Berlin, while very hip and in some ways the "center" of Europe, is still isolated. At least if you are an American Dad. Pretty amazing place as you probably already know, and so easy to disappear into.  Perhaps any " big" city has this quality-- but a New one (to me), where they speak German(mostly)….well, you can almost cease to exist. Which is of course  a liberating fantasy. 

But after two years there, we were Starting to Exist. It was like an average birth, without pain.  I worked the lyrics/chords out on a computer on someone else's table in someone else's apartment.  And This is what you get: Projected Imaginings of ROck and ROll from the freezing north, rendered by West Coast stalwarts and a Dutch Uncle.

And we feel compelled to share it with you.

-- SM (& Jicks)

 (Stephen Malkmus, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris, Mike Clark)

News From The Matablog


It's been a minute since The Jicks have played in NYC and that's about to change. 4Knots Festival has enlisted them to be a headliner this year. If you're interested in going, find all the necessary information below.

4 Knots Festival - 2015 Schedule
Super Furry Animals - 8:30pm
Twin Peaks - 5:45pm
Mikal Cronin - 4:45pm
Screaming Females - 3:45pm
Happyness - 2:45pm
Meatbodies - 2:05pm
Heaters - 1:25pm
Heaven - 12:40pm
Surfbort - 12:00pm

TICKETS: available here

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Today On WNYC's "Soundcheck", Last Night On "The Late Show With David Letterman"

Heads up --- the Jicks will be performing this afternoon at 2pm (eastern) on WNYC's "Soundcheck" , which you can hear all over the globe at  In addition, here's Monday night's performance of "Houston Hades", from "The Late Show With David Letterman".   And if you're thinking this entire campaign was an awful lot of work just so we could get Letterman to say "jagbag" on TV, well, you're not wrong. 

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Tonight On CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman"

(photo culled from Food Is The New Rock, where you can hear Joanna, Stephen and Mike discussing, y'know, food)

Barring some kind of major miracle (ie. SM knocking out a new album in the next 5 months or Colbert getting cold feet),  tonight (Monday, May 19) will most likely mark Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' final appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman", an occasion that ranks somewhere between Craig Ferguson's final show and the David Letterman's final appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in terms of historical significance.

We're told the Jicks will be performing "Houston Hades" off 'Wigout At Jagbags', but given the show isn't being taped until later today, reporting this is just a tad premature.  LET THE CBS CENSORS DO THEIR JOBS, that's what I always say in these situations.  They don't show up at our place of work and tell us which critically acclaimed, commercially underwhelming records to release, nor should we poke around the Ed Sullivan Theater trying to tell them that "kids grow up really fast nowadays" and "the whole world's a fucking sewer besides".

It's all happening at 11:35 eastern time, by the way, or shortly after animal trainer Jack Hanna subdues a brutish creature from either soiling or maiming the host.  But enough about Dave's old stalker --- enjoy the show everybody!

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - In Session At KEXP

Sincere thanks to the lovely folks at for hosting & posting Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' session at their Seattle studios last April 13. 

"The Janitor Revealed"
"J Smoov"

Wig Out At Jagbags is available direct from  the Matador Store and finer retailers everywhere (and some mediocre ones, too). 

Tommorow On WTF : Stephen Malkmus With Marc Maron

(we're very hopeful the entire band will be in focus when they're on national television)

You might recall a few months ago a wide-ranging conversation Marc Maron had with Josh Homme --- if not, you can find it here.  Either way, on tomorrow's edition of Marc's WTF, his featured guest is Stephen Malkmus.  Good thing they'll be getting into some intense subject matter as the latter is unlikely to receive any couch time when the Jicks appear on CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday, May 19 (see how I slipped that in there?)

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