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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: Mirror Traffic

If the lyrics weren’t so sharp and the wry observations so focused, you’d swear Stephen Malkmus just invited some friends over and recorded an album over a quiet evening in the garage after work.  The 15 tracks that comprise, Mirror Traffic, Malkmus’ latest endeavor with his band of collaborators, the Jicks, flow by with that breezy feeling that has become a hallmark of Malkmus’ solo work.

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Tour Dates: Getting Jicky With It

We keep our eyes peeled for new tour dates announcements each week and compile them on Tuesdays for this handy column… Reunion-mania seemed to finally peak in 2010, when after

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Cover Wars: Ballad Of A Thin Man Edition

Ballad Of A Thin Man is the fifth track on the 1965 Bob Dylan album Highway 61 Revisited. There are many theories regarding who the song is about, the most common one being that it’s about a reporter who can’t fully understand the meaning behind Dylan’s lyrics.

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The Contestants:

Elliot Smith: This is a very popular download on the Live Music Archive, over 100,000 people have downloaded this show, and if you’re not one of them – you should be. Smith channels Dylan’s vocal delivery in a way that I’ve never heard him do on his original material. And I’m pretty sure he nails every single word which is pretty hard for a live Dylan cover. Source: 10-11-1998


READ ON for the rest of this week’s contestants…

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Stephen Malkmus – Talks Real Emotional Trash (INTERVIEW)

Real Emotional Trash is Malkmus’ most complete nod to classic rock and the long-form jams of the Woodstock era.  It is a completion of musical ideas he has toyed with before, both in Pavement (see “We Are Underused,” from Brighten the Corners, or “Speak, See, Remember,” from Terror Twilight), and in his solo career (see “No More Shoes” from Face the Truth).

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