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.)

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."
[NY Times]

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)

The Jicks head out on tour with Holy Sons in September, but you can catch Stephen much sooner at two NYC in-stores this Thursday (8/25).

"No One Is (As I Are Am)" is the first video from Mirror Traffic, and you can watch it below...


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