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Malkmus to play "secret" show on March 4

Posted by Luciana Lopez, The Oregonian February 29, 2008 10:47AM

Just got word that Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are playing a MySpace "secret" free show next Tuesday, March 4, the day the new "Real Emotional Trash" album comes out. What, exactly, makes this a secret when they're announcing it via blog four days ahead of time? Heck if I know.

The deets, via email:

March 4, 2008 Tuesday
Doors @ 8:30 PM
@ Satyricon
125 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

"You will need a wristband to get into the show. Wristbands will be available for pick up at Music Millennium's "east" location between 5:00 and 7:00 P.M. on the day of the show.

"Music Millennium's "east" location is at 3158 East Burnside. The telephone number there is (503) 231-8926. They will also have the band's new album, "Real Emotional Trash," on sale for $11.99.

"ALSO, wristbands will be available at the club at the normal door times. However, THIS SHOW IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED,..."

Just for giggles, see below for the Q&A we ran with Malkmus back in December.

Sound check: notes from the Northwest music scene
By Ed Condran, Special to The Oregonian

When Stephen Malkmus moved to town a decade ago, the quirky singer-songwriter didn't expect to stick around for long.

However, the former leader of Pavement is still writing songs in his Laurelhurst digs. The 41-year-old soft-spoken poster boy for mid-1990s slacker rock will preview tracks from his forthcoming disc with the Jicks, "Real Emotional Trash," on Friday at the Doug Fir.

Q: Where do you hang out?

A: I had another kid . . . so I'm at home mostly. We had another girl four weeks ago. Her name is Sunday.

Q: That's the best day of the week.

A: I feel that way, too. My friends and I used to play darts on Sunday. All my friends say that I named her after darts night. No, my wife just thinks that it's a beautiful name.

Q: When your drummer, Janet Weiss, was in Sleater-Kinney, she said that you were primarily in your living room anyway.

A: We have a big living room. When you have kids, well, you know how it is. I'm a househusband for these weeks (since Sunday was born). We'll get the record out and start touring.

Q: Why do you live in Portland? Is it because the Everclear guy lives here?

A: (laughs) I like the West Coast. . . . I didn't expect to be here so long. That's how Portland is. You get trapped in it.

Q: I read that Billy Corgan is still ticked off that you dissed him 13 years ago with "Range Life."

A: It was a tribute to their (Smashing Pumpkins) relevance at that time. It was like reading the headlines. I don't think he should be that upset. It's a backhanded compliment. They were significant. They made some good songs in their time.

Q: You've always been amusing, whether you're dissing Corgan, Geddy Lee (of Rush) or fashion. What happened to humor in rock?

A:
I guess the young bright things are more serious these days. People are more self-important, more confident.

Q: Like Fall Out Boy, which is . . .

A: A group like that is driven to succeed. They sincerely want to be successful. Their goals are different. They come from a different scene. We (Pavement) came out of a more hardcore punk scene, admiring bands like Black Flag and Mudhoney. We were part of a smaller tribe. We were aiming for something else.

Q: You were part of the era of the rocker who was reluctant to grab the brass ring. Remember the brilliant Replacements track "I Don't Know"? "One foot in the door/The other one in the gutter/The sweet smell you adore/I think I'd rather smother."

A: Yeah. It was not about believing in your potential. Today it's so different. It's a new era. People are more confident. Maybe it has something to do with their parents. You watch these younger bands. It's as if they're saying, "I'm great. Look at me."

Q: What does "Real Emotional Trash" sound like?

A: It's a little more rocking. With Janet on board, I don't think I had much of a choice. She's a real powerhouse. It's a bad break for the world that Sleater Kinney broke up, but it's good for us.

Q: How many songs will you preview?

A: About 70 percent of the album will be previewed. We'll play some old songs and some covers. The new songs will sound different than they do on the album. We're rehearsing them for the tour we'll do in March.

Q: How did you approach the Bob Dylan songs that Cate Blanchett mouthed for Todd Haynes' film "I'm Not There"?

A: That was such a great experience. I didn't know what it would be like initially. I was just told that she would mouth the words. I was just singing over what was done (recorded). If I did it on my own, I would have done the songs differently. But I did what I did to go along with their music. I'm so glad to do anything with Todd Haynes. He's a really friendly guy who lives around here. You can tell why his actors do so well. He makes you feel confident.

Q: What are the chances of a Pavement reunion?

A: Very slim. I'm 100 percent into this. This is what I spend all of my time on. It could happen 10 or 20 years from now. It hasn't even been 10 years. It's too early for me.

Q: Do you even like the concept of rock reunions?

A: I do like reunions. I don't have problems with it anymore. If the Stooges came here, I would go. I went to the Dinosaur Jr. reunion tour. I don't need to go again. I was like the typical person, who wanted to see them once. As long as you don't have extra guys in a reunion band, I'm all right with it. It has to have that spirit. The Police reunion is bad since they don't like each other. It's obvious that it's just for the money. If it's for the money and they like each other, I'm fine with that. You have to have that spirit.

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