Following last year's triumphant Pavement reunion, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will release their latest, Beck-produced album, Mirror Traffic in two weeks. The very positive early reviews have focused on the melodic aspects to the new record, and suggest that, despite being recorded just prior to the reunion, Mirror Traffic harkens back to Malkmus' former band's sound more than any of his other solo albums—BBC calls it "one of those records that’ll tempt fair-weather fans back to the Malkmus name." And Malkmus will celebrate the release with two rare NYC record store appearances.
The Park Slope-averse Malkmus will make two in-store appearances in NYC on Thursday August 25th, the week the new album is released. He’ll be at Brooklyn’s Academy at 6 p.m., and Manhattan’s Other Music at 9 p.m.—he'll do acoustic performances at both places, followed by a signing. The band will also play Terminal 5 on September 26—tickets are available here.
Matador Records is also holding a contest for fans to replace the word "blowjob" in the song “Senator” (the line-in-question: "I know what the Senator wants/what the Senator wants is a blowjob"). They've invited fans to come up with an alternative for what the Senator wants, such as "toe job," "faux pas" or "mohawk." The winner will receive a one of a kind 7" single with the original track on the A-side, and the Malkmus sung revised version on the B-side.
Below, check out Malkmus performing first single "Tigers" and the Beck-esque "No One Is (As I Are Be)" in France, as well as that blowjob-referencing stand-out track "Senator."