Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Mirror Traffic

"Recently reunited here for the first time since Mr. Hansen (better known simply as Beck) produced 'Mirror Traffic,' a new record by Mr. Malkmus and his band the Jicks, these two musicians, stalwarts of the 1990s alternative-indie-hey-whatever scene, were not immediately inclined to discuss this album or what it represents to listeners realizing that two whole decades have elapsed since the age of insincerity, flannel and insincerely worn flannel. ... It seems fitting that their first collaboration should arrive at a moment when nostalgia for the pop culture of the 1990s ... is approaching peak capacity faster than you can say 'Reality Bites.' And it is in keeping with both artists’ unpredictable, against-the-grain styles that the sonically accessible, lyrically elliptical 'Mirror Traffic,' which Matador Records will release on Tuesday, is not an attempt to mash up or cash in on their best known work but to keep moving beyond it" (Dave Itzkoff, "Together Again for the First Time," New York Times, 8/18/11).
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