Since Pavement’s dissolution in 2000, Malkmus and his band the Jicks have turned out several stellar albums, including the recent, Beck-produced opus Mirror Traffic. The band made its way to the Earth House Wednesday night as part of that album’s current tour.
The show focused heavily on the new record. Malkmus and the Jicks opened the set with Mirror Traffic’s Stick Figures in Love, which features a great opening riff that repeats as the hook. That song led into Brain Gallop, also off the album. Five of the first six songs were new, but the sold out crowd was more than happy to listen. Check out Share the Red below.
Part of Malkmus’ appeal has been his refusal to pigeonhole his songwriting into any particular style. Whether he’s writing a pop song like Gardenia or a drawn out jam like Real Emotional Trash, he’s always kept it interesting. And live, he seems focused on keeping himself invested, too. He obviously enjoys playing the fresher songs, but also pulling out Church on White from his 2001 self-titled album.
Although no moments during the 85 minute set hit the level of catharsis that the best live music provides, Malkmus and the Jicks delivered an entertaining and professional show. For someone with his stature in indie rock lore, he can do whatever he wants.
Were you there? What did you think?