First Impressions of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks ‘Mirror Traffic’
If humans had the ability to queue a theme song in any public situation at will, I would have no problem with any track from Slanted and Enchanted for my selection. Unless, of course, I was a suave lady loving Adonis, then it would have to be Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen.” My musical DNA is built to love anything Malkmus touches. He just works for me. It is this level of musical comfort that makes my nerves yell HOORAY!!!! when any project of his is released. Thank you 2011 and Stephen for packaging up Mirror Traffic for me. I promise I will not let you down.
Understanding that I was on the cusp of the release date , I opted to call my local vinyl outlet Luna Music. If you are ever in Indianapolis, drop by Luna (52nd and College) and buy some music. I had intended on reserving a copy before the album’s release next Tuesday, however, I was booming to hear that they had six copies on hand.
My initial listening session was very satisfying. Stephen was in my living room with his friends the Jicks. I gave a turntable.fm “Awesome” bob to all 15 songs. “Tune Grief” is an early favorite and reassures me that Malkmus is still the boss. Sure, the album might have a few unnecessary tracks and drags along a bit at times, but wait…that is why we have grown to love him right? Don’t kid yourself; this album delivers for any long-time fan of Malkmus’ work.
I can’t wait for Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks to explode the Earth House on Wednesday, October 5th in Indianapolis. Click HERE for tickets. Thanks again MOKB for making 2011 great. Stream the entirety of Mirror Traffic NPR’s First Listen.
Written by Brett McGrath