Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Sparkle Hard

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Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Sparkle Hard

Post by Dok » Fri May 25, 2018 8:44 am

Is finally starting to grow on me after about five or six listens. Malkmus is my all-time favorite guitarist & songwriter and a stellar example of a goofy weirdo continuing to be goofy and weird. His post-Pavement records are really consistent and generally overlooked, but you definitely have to be willing to go along for whatever trip he's on at the moment.

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Post by BoringPostcards » Sat May 26, 2018 6:57 am

Really like the bits I'm hearing from this release.
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Post by i love sharin foo » Sat May 26, 2018 7:04 pm

I've been meaning to pick this one up. I like what I have heard on Youtube. He never disappoints. They have become a tight band through the years. Definitely a bunch of underrated players as far as I'm concerned. Malkmus has always been in my top few forever.
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Post by cpeck » Mon May 28, 2018 2:49 am

It’s a great record. Feels like the first time the production actually matches the songs all the way through the album. I love it. Anyone going to a show of his and want to pick me up a shirt?

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Post by OmarAfzaal » Wed May 30, 2018 6:38 pm

Definitely a grower. "Shiggy" hit me right off the bat though.

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Post by Harmoncj » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:19 pm

DO NOT miss Lithics currently touring w SM&tJs ! What a great show

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Post by daemon » Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:37 pm

Harmoncj wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:19 pm
DO NOT miss Lithics currently touring w SM&tJs ! What a great show
You were not kidding! Caught them in Cincinnati and am so glad I got there just in time to see Lithic. Amazing mix of Au-Pairs, Fall, Devo and other goodness. They said it was the last stop with Malkmus but they were going to do some more shows on the way back to Portland.

Speaking of Malkus, he and the band were in fine form despite a few technical glitches. The new material sounded great (especially the solo-keyboard accompanied "Freeze the Saints") and was very well received, but nothing like the response when he did an all-Pavement encore (No Tan Lines, Shady Lane, In the Mouth a Desert and Box Elder!). No Jazzmaster this time around (just his SG Guild and Goldtop LP), but he did have a great shirt that just said "Steve" in an early 90's sitcom font, with a picture of him and his JM.

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Here's a Malk and gang switching it up for Box Elder
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Some behind-the-head guitar pyrotechnics from Malkmus
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Mike on the keys
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Post by cpeck » Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:55 am

I reviewed this record.

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Post by Dok » Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:39 am

Man, that's a great, well-researched review! Thanks for sharing!
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Post by Dok » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:30 pm

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/saturday- ... olid-silk/

Is this the most chill that a band has ever chilled? It's so restrained that it makes Spoon look like Motley Crue.
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Post by gringopig » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:36 pm

I have a ticket for their show in Glasgow in October. Long time fan and first chance to see them!! can't wait.

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Post by takeittothemall » Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:19 am

I think it’s funny that every time The Jicks release a new album, several reviewers will end up saying “ This is the one that feels just like a Pavement album.”

I find this album to be great and, of all SM’s previous releases, most similar to Piglib. I think the production is just right.

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Post by gringopig » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:13 am

For me, the album has the first track I actively dislike. Rattler. Yuck. Awful.
Hope they don't play that one. I like Sparkle Hard but it's not my favourite.

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Post by Harmoncj » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:45 am

gringopig wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:13 am
For me, the album has the first track I actively dislike. Rattler. Yuck. Awful.
Hope they don't play that one. I like Sparkle Hard but it's not my favourite.
hey ive great idea for song first off we're using auto :-X hey whats wrong? nothing? ok as i was saying well use autotune :k

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Post by gringopig » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:57 am

lol yes and I thought Malkmus had given up 'pot'. I actually quite like Autotune but Rattler is just horrible. I do like the coda at the end of the last track where he goes all vocoder on us though.

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