Stephen Malkmus on 4 July 2005 at the River To River Festival show in Battery Park in New York City
|Birth name||Stephen Joseph Malkmus|
|Also known as||SM, Hazel Figurine|
May 30, 1966 |
Santa Monica, California
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, drums, Bass|
|Labels||Matador Records, Domino Records, Drag City|
|Associated acts||Pavement, The Jicks,
|Gibson Les Paul
Stephen Joseph Malkmus (born May 30, 1966) is an American musician best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the indie rock band Pavement. He currently performs with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Discography
- 5 Music videos
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Stephen Malkmus was born in Santa Monica, California on May 30, 1966 to Mary and Stephen Malkmus, Sr.  His father was a property and casualty insurance agent. When Stephen Jr. was 8, the family moved upstate to Stockton, where he attended Carpinteria's Cate School and Lodi's Tokay High School. As a teenager, Malkmus worked various jobs, including painting house numbers on street curbs and "flipping burgers or whatever" at a country club. At age 16, he spent the night in jail after consuming alcohol, urinating in the bushes, and walking on the roofs of several residential homes. Later, he was placed on probation for underage drinking, and was also expelled from school "for going to a party in the woods where people were taking mushrooms. I didn’t take them, but some guy narc’d on me."
Malkmus learned the guitar by playing along to Jimi Hendrix's recording of "Purple Haze". During high school, he played in several Stockton-based punk bands: Bag O Bones, The Straw Dogs, and Crisis Alert. After graduation, Malkmus followed in his father's footsteps by attending the University of Virginia, where he majored in history and was a disc jockey for the college radio station WTJU. During this time, Malkmus met fellow WTJU DJs David Berman (who would later front the Silver Jews) and James McNew (of Yo La Tengo). In the late 1980s, he was employed as a security guard at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, along with Berman and Bob Nastanovich.
Malkmus formed Pavement with Scott Kannberg (aka Spiral Stairs) while he was living in Stockton during the 1980s. Their first album, Slanted & Enchanted, was released to critical acclaim, and the band continued to receive attention for subsequent releases. Pavement, and Malkmus in particular, was hailed as spearheading the underground indie movement of the 1990s. In 2001, following the 1999 dissolution of the band, Malkmus released his first self-titled solo album. He also was a member of rock group Silver Jews along with poet/lyricist David Berman. In early 1999 Stephen Malkmus participated in a Sonic Youth side project called Kim's Bedroom that included bassist/vocalist Kim Gordon, guitarist/vocalist Thurston Moore, Chicago avant-garde veteran Jim O'Rourke, and renowned Japanese drummer Ikue Mori; they never released an album, but did play a few live shows. Malkmus is currently frontman of The Jicks.
On May 23, 2003 in Milwaukee, while touring with his new band The Jicks, Malkmus opened the show by saying, "This is off our first record." The band then proceeded to play an evening's worth of Pavement songs, marking the second time Malkmus had played any of his previous band's songs since their 1999 breakup, the first was on April 22, 2002 in São Paulo, Brazil, where he played In The Mouth a Desert.
In 2007, Malkmus provided 3 songs to the Todd Haynes' film I'm Not There, based on the life of Bob Dylan. He contributed on the songs "Ballad of a Thin Man", "Can't Leave Her Behind" and "Maggie's Farm". Malkmus has admitted that he was never "really a really big fan of Dylan," but noted that his involvement with the film had made him listen "to him again a little closer."
Pavement reunited in March 2010 and have since embarked on a world tour.
In August 2011 he released his fifth studio album with The Jicks, Mirror Traffic. He played the album of Can 'Ege Bamyası' in its entirety on December 1, 2012 at WEEK-END Festival in Cologne, Germany. A recording of this performance was released as a limited-edition live album on Record Store Day 2013.
Following the dissolution of Pavement, Malkmus moved to Portland, Oregon, where he met his wife, artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins. The couple have two children: daughters Lottie (born 2004) and Sunday (born 2007). In 2011, before the release of Mirror Traffic, Malkmus and his family moved to Berlin.
Stephen currently plays a 1960s Fender Jazzmaster that can be traced back to the Brighten The Corners era, a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, and a Fender Stratocaster that was his guitar of choice during the majority of his time with Pavement. He used a Gibson SG with Pavement during the Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain era. For the 2010 Pavement reunion tour he used his Stratocaster extensively. During his 2011 tour in support of Mirror Traffic he played a Guild S-100. He has also played a Danelectro Silvertone (Sears model dating to 1962 or 1963) for one-off solo shows.
Typically, he uses an Orange Retro 50 head through a 1970's Marshall 4x12 cabinet when playing live, though he has used various other Orange and Fender amps, including a vintage Silverface Twin Reverb during the early Pavement years, an Orange OR120 during later Pavement years, and a single channel Orange AD30 with the Jicks. Malkmus's other confirmed (though not constant) gear includes: Z.Vex Fuzz Factory, Diamond J-Drive, Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler, T-Rex Replica, Lovetone Big Cheese, Lovetone Meatball, BOSS TU-2, DigiTech Whammy, Crowther HotCake and Pro Co RAT.
See also Pavement discography.
- Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
- Wowee Zowee (1995)
- Brighten the Corners (1997)
- Terror Twilight (1999)
With Silver Jews
Singles and EPs
- Dime Map of the Reef (1992 - 7"ep)
- The Sabellion Rebellion & Old New York (1993 - 7")
- The Arizona Record (1993 - 12")
- Hot as Hell - Live 1993 (1999 - 7" Single)
- Starlite Walker (1994)
- American Water (1998)
- Tanglewood Numbers (2005)
- Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (2008)
With The Crust Brothers
- Marquee Mark (1998)
With The Jicks
- Stephen Malkmus (2001) *
- Pig Lib (2003)
- Face the Truth (2005) **
- Real Emotional Trash (2008)
- Mirror Traffic (2011)
- Wig Out at Jagbags (2014)
* Although the Jicks are not credited within the title, the album Stephen Malkmus is in fact a Jicks recording. Initially, Malkmus simply wanted to call his post-Pavement band the Jicks with no mention of his name, but Matador records resisted the idea and released the album as Stephen Malkmus, although the word "Jicks" is printed both on the CD itself, and on the inner sleeve of the vinyl pressing.
** Similarly, while Face the Truth is technically Stephen Malkmus's only true solo affair, the Jicks do provide instrumentation on nearly every song, and "& The Jicks" is visible on the back of the album artwork.
- "Discretion Grove" (2001) - w/ "Sin Taxi" and "Leisurely Poison" (2001)
- "Jenny & the Ess-Dog" (2001) - w/ "Keep the Faith", "That's What Mama Said" and "Alien Boy"
- Phantasies EP (2001) - w/ "Malay Massaker"
- "Jo Jo's Jacket" - w/ "Polish Mule", "The Hook (live)" and "Open and Shut Cases" (2001)
- "Sex Life of Robinson Crusoe, Pt. 2" (2001) - b-side available only on official site
- "Us" (2003)
- "Dark Wave" (2003) - w/ Pig Lib bonus disc b-sides
- "Post-Paint Boy" (2005)
- "Baby C'Mon" (2005) - w/ "Wow Ass Jeans"
- Kindling for the Master EP (2006) - w/ 4 remixes
- "Cold Son" 10" EP (2008) - w/ "Walk Into the Mirror", "Pennywhistle Thunder" and "Carl the Clod"
- "Gardenia" (2008) -w/ "Walk Into the Mirror"
- subUrbia Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1997) - "Unheard Music" (with Elastica)
- At Home With the Groovebox (2000) - "Robyn Turns 26"
- All Tomorrow's Parties 1.1 (2002) - "Good Kids Eggs"
- Colonel Jeffrey Pumpernicklel (2002) - "Blue Rash Intact (Quarantined-Hallucinations Due To Severe Allergies)"
- Under the Influence - 21 years of Flying Nun Records (2002) - "Death and the Maiden"
- Matador At Fifteen (2004) - "It Kills (live)"
- This One's for the Fellows: A Sonic Salute to the Young Fresh Fellows (2004) - guitar on "No One Really Knows" (with The Maroons)
- Chokes! EP by Silkworm (2007) - guitar on "Spanish Harlem Incident (live)"
- I'm Not There (Music from the Motion Picture) (2007) - With [The Million Dollar Bashers]: "Ballad of a Thin Man" and "Maggie's Farm"; with Lee Ranaldo: "Can't Leave Her Behind" and "What Kind of Friend is This?" (iTunes only)
- The New Yorker College Tour: University of Washington, Seattle: A Conversation with Stephen Malkmus (2006)
|2001||"Discretion Grove"||Grant Gee|
|"Jo Jo's Jacket"||Shynola|
|2003||"Death and the Maiden"||Mitchell Hawkes|
|"Dark Wave"||Scott Lyons|
|"Baby C'Mon"||Lana Kim & Andy Bruntel|
|2011||"No One Is (As I Are Be)"||Steve Doughton|
- Cover of "Death And The Maiden" by New Zealand band 'The Verlaines'. Available on Flying Num DVD 'Very Short Films'.
- "Stephen Malkmus biography from". Matador Records. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
- Blender magazine article: "Dear Superstar: Stephen Malkmus."
- Magnet article: "Being Stephen Malkmus".
- Duke Chronicle article: "Musician Malkmus reviews Dylan, talks Trash".
- Billboard.com biography of Pavement[dead link]
- "Interview with The Corduroy Suit". Weeblackskelf.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
- Rolling Stone article: "Stephen Malkmus on Bob Dylan, Rehearsing and His Favorite Venues Around the World".
- "Stephen Malkmus news at Matador Records". Matadorrecords.com. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
- "Pavement Launch Tour, Add Dates | News". Pitchfork. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
- Klosterman, Chuck (March 2010). "Greatest. Indie-est. Band. Ever.". GQ. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
- William, Goodman (July 6, 2011). "Q&A: Stephen Malkmus on New LP, Beck + More". Spin. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
- Interview with Pitchfork Magazine[dead link]
- Time Out New York article: "Stephen Malkmus interview".
- Caraeff, Ezra. "The Portland Mercury | Blogtown, PDX | Disjecta - Softball Champions!". Blogtown.portlandmercury.com. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
- Official site
- Matador Records US record label
- Domino Records UK record label
- It's a Brand New Era fan site