Traditional Techniques might very well be the soundtrack for that kind of solitary, reflective existence. He suddenly felt an urge to make a much different kind of record from the one he was making. He wanted it to be quieter, more stripped down. But the designation makes sense when you speak to him. With the Jicks, Malkmus favors muscular arrangements and guitar heroics that take on a whole new jammy life on stage.
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Stephen Malkmus is a difficult man to read, at least in a short space of time. It's impossible to tell at any given point whether he's being flippant or coy — he reclines on the sofa, hands behind his head, adopts the persona of a golf fanatic to converse with a hotel guest in a tweed suit a facade, it would seem, that he had been maintaining all day , and explains that the reason he's moving halfway around the world is because his psychic told him to. It is mostly likely a mixture of the two. Whilst he insists his great hope for this next album is that "it's not just a big doodie to everyone", you can sense tension when he talks about his post-Pavement reception, especially in Europe, where people still treat them like Malkmus with a backing band, as far as he sees it.
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Stephen Joseph Malkmus born May 30,  is an American musician best known as the primary songwriter, lead singer and guitarist of the indie rock band Pavement. He currently performs with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks and as a solo artist. As a teenager, Malkmus worked various jobs, including painting house numbers on street curbs and "flipping burgers or whatever" at a country club. Malkmus learned the guitar by playing along to Jimi Hendrix 's recording of " Purple Haze ". 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.
This fine collaboration with Beck makes good use of Stephen Malkmus's oblique wit, says Hermione Hoby. Philippa Booth: As with music, you can dig out alternatives to the mainstream in politics, but the electoral system makes it less rewarding. Stephen Malkmus: 'There's this reggae song where I sing in patois — it should not be heard'.