Posted in music on August 21, 2011
In the Hollywood office of Mr. Hansen's managers, decorated with Sonic Youth posters, "Ghost World" action figures and framed portraits of Donna Summer and Valerie Bertinelli, [Stephen and Beck] were longtime peers turned improbable elder statesmen. Once alt-rock upstarts, both are now married and fathers of young children, each with a kid named after a day of the week. (Mr. Malkmus has a daughter named Sunday, and Mr. Hansen's daughter is named Tuesday.)Their first collaboration refers to the new Beck-produced Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks album "Mirror Traffic" which you can stream in full at NPR. It's out via Matador Records on Tuesday (8/23)
It seems fitting that their first collaboration should arrive at a moment when nostalgia for the pop culture of the 1990s -- witness the 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's "Nevermind," the planned MTV revival of "Beavis and Butt-Head" and yes, the recent Pavement reunion tour -- is approaching peak capacity faster than you can say "Reality Bites."
"No One Is (As I Are Am)" is the first video from Mirror Traffic, and you can watch it below...