Groove Denied

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Groove Denied
Stephen Malkmus – Groove Denied.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 15, 2019
ProducerStephen Malkmus
Stephen Malkmus chronology
Face the Truth
Groove Denied
Singles from Groove Denied
  1. "Viktor Borgia"
    Released: January 22, 2019
  2. "Rushing the Acid Frat"
    Released: February 20, 2019
  3. "Come Get Me"
    Released: March 6, 2019
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Consequence of SoundB+[3]

Groove Denied is a studio album by American rock musician Stephen Malkmus. It is the third album credited to Malkmus and the first to not feature his band The Jicks. It was released on March 15, 2019 by Matador Records and Domino Records.[6]


Malkmus had been working on the album for 12 to 13 years. After he submitted the album in 2017, Matador Records' president and founder Chris Lombardi, who has been releasing Malkmus' records since Pavement's 1992 debut album Slanted and Enchanted, flew personally to Portland to inform Malkmus that it wasn't the right time to release the album. The album features Malkmus on all instruments and production and engineering.[7][8][9]

Release and promotion[edit]

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Malkmus revealed that Groove Denied would be released in March 2019.[10]

Matador teased the album on January 21, 2019.[11] The album was officially announced the next day with the single "Viktor Borgia" and an accompanying music video.[12] "Rushing the Acid Frat" was released on February 20, 2019.[13] "Come Get Me" was released on March 6, 2019.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephen Malkmus.

1."Belziger Faceplant"4:24
2."A Bit Wilder"3:15
3."Viktor Borgia"3:33
4."Come Get Me"2:29
5."Forget Your Place"3:33
6."Rushing the Acid Frat"2:27
7."Love the Door"3:09
8."Boss Viscerate"2:40
9."Ocean of Revenge"3:30
10."Grown Nothing"4:20
Total length:33:20


  • Stephen Malkmus – all instruments, production, engineering,[10] bass, organ, drum machines, Roland 2080, Memorymoog[6]


Chart (2019) Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[15] 58


  1. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Groove Denied - Stephen Malkmus". AllMusic. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Everhart, John (March 14, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus Breaks Loose on the Spectacular Groove Denied". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Sylvester, Daniel (March 12, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus: Groove Denied". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Berman, Stephen (March 15, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus: Groove Denied Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied". Amazon. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  7. ^ DeVille, Chris (January 18, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus' Shelved Electronic Album Groove Denied Out In March". Stereogum. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Gottsegen, Will (January 18, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus' Groove Denied Finally Gets a Release Date". Spin. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  9. ^ Pearis, Bill (January 18, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus long-in-the-works, unreleased electronic LP out in March". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Knopper, Steve (January 17, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus is still enigmatic, but with a big heart". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Kenneally, Cerys (January 21, 2019). "Matador tease new Stephen Malkmus project Groove Denied". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  12. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (January 22, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus' Excellent Electronic Adventure". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (February 20, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus Gets Animated in Trippy 'Rushing the Acid Frat' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Roffman, Michael (March 6, 2019). "Stephen Malkmus shares lonely new song "Come Get Me": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 23, 2019.