I saw Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks last night at the 930 Club. Ummm, it was awesome. Front row and slightly off center is where we took our spot as we waited for greatness to start. First, though, we listened to John Vanderslice. No, I kid, he and his band were quite good and very entertaining. The keyboardist played the tambourine by kicking it! You can't get much better than that, right? Oh wait, yes you can. Stephen Fucking Malkmus can walk on stage after you've been standing there for hours and totally rock your socks off. But the thing is, he doesn't rock them off by wailing guitar solos or smashing guitars into the drums. He's just up there, doing his thing, singing songs named "Elmo Delmo" and he's just ruling. The man is a music legend in my (and many other's) opinion and once you see him on stage you almost forget that. In a way. It's very difficult to explain. For example, when you see Billy Corgan on stage he is a force to be reckoned with. (I think the leather dress may help. And the light show*.) Even when I saw The Decemberists awhile ago Colin Meloy kind of had that glow about him. The 'lead singer' glow, if you will. Stephen Malkmus**, though seems different. Maybe it's the many articles I have read lately that describe his family life in the same sentence as his rock greatness. Or the fact that his songs are understated in their awesomeness.
Anyway, I thought the show was great. The Jicks are a lot of fun. I'm not usually a fan of female singers***, but I think they make great bass players and I'll even forgive Janet Weiss for having played drums with Sleater Kinney**** (and I also have to mention that she has awesome hair).
And here is the set list (as written on the set list):
*Some song I forget the name of*
We Can't Help You
Real Emotional Trash (one of my favorites!)
Out Of Reaches
*Yeah, I'm a huge Billy Corgan fan. The light show is great. Suck it, ok?
**I can't call musicians by just their first name. It feels weird. DaveGrohl, BillyCorgan, StephenMalkmus, JustinTimberlake, etc.
***Oh look, another chance to say I hate Kate Nash;)
****Sorry, not a fan.