One of the few good things to come out of the University of Virginia in the last century was the cult indie-rock outfit Pavement and their lead singer Stephen Malkmus. Unfortunately Pavement disbanded in 1999, but since then Malkmus has produced several fantastic indie-pop-rock records with his backing band, the Jicks. Their most recent release may be their best effort yet. The music on Mirror Traffic is tighter than ever before, but Malkmus seems more lose and relaxed, reinvigorated even, and his delivery is spot on. As always, Malkmus’s casual musical genius and hilarious wit shine through brilliantly on his newest collection of songs: half-serious, half-silly, wholly irreverent, and at times poignant. I mean really, who else can sing: “I know what everyone wants, what everyone wants is a blowjob”? No one else. Enjoy.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Senator