Stephen Malkmus

The 15 Best Stephen Malkmus Songs, Ranked

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Stephen Malkmus nerds fans rejoiced last week when the former/sometimes Pavement frontman released his latest solo album, Wig Out at Jagbags. The latest LP with his backing band The Jicks, whose titled parodies that of Dag Nasty’s classic hardcore album, Wig Out at Denko’s, sees Malkmus and co. relying a little less on the Grateful Dead-esque jam sound they’ve made their own (although The Dead do get mentioned in the track “Lariat”). Instead, we get a jambalaya of influences and nods that venture into Steely Dan territory, while still remaining undeniably Malkmus, and owing a debt to his ’90s indie heartthrob days. But where does it rank among his best material? Click through to see if any songs from Jagbags turn up on our list of Malkmus’ top 15 tracks of all time.
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Why Does the Music World Idealize Teen Culture But Ignore Real Teenagers?

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Barely a week goes by without some old white man castigating the yoof of today on the shallowness/stupidity/etc. of their taste in music, art and culture in general. It’s a narrative as old as culture itself — adults throwing up their hands in despair because Kids These Days just don’t get it. These pieces are reliably asinine, occasionally descend to the level of outright self-parody, and are lots of fun to deconstruct and ridicule. But actually, they’re only one manifestation of a wider cultural malaise: adults holding forth on teen culture as if they have the remotest idea what they’re talking about.
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