Stephen Malkmus confirms UK and European solo tour

Stephen Malkmus confirms UK and European solo tour

Groove Denied, Stephen Malkmus’ first solo album since 2001 – and first electronic album - was released on Friday via Domino. To celebrate, Stephen has announced his first ever truly solo tour of UK and Europe including London’s Moth Club.

The album finds Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a routine. As Malkmus commented, “It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to.” Although made using Ableton’s Live and his arsenal of drum machines, you won’t find any purely instrumental tracks on Groove Denied. Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric. And whilst the methodology behind the record is absolutely 21st Century, the reference points for the sound-palette hark back to the pre-digital era. “The electronic music side of the album, I wanted it to be sonically pre-Internet,” explains Stephen.

Stream Groove Denied here.

Watch the videos for album tracks ‘Viktor Borgia’, ‘Rushing The Acid Frat’ and ‘Come Get Me’.

Groove Denied will shake up settled notions of what Malkmus is about and what he’s capable of, repositioning him in the scheme of things. But looking at it from a different angle, his engagement with state-of-art digital tech actually makes perfect sense. After all, Nineties lo-fi – the sound in which he and Pavement were initially vaunted as leaders and pioneers - was nothing if not insistently sonic – it was all about the grain of guitar textures, about gratuitously over-done treatments and ear-grabbing effects. Noise for noise’s sake 

As Stephen tweeted recently on the subject of Auto-Tune’s omnipresence in contemporary music-making: “We long 4 transformation....and we humans fucking luv tools.”

Malkmus’ solo UK and European shows follow a North American solo tour and European dates with The Jicks. 

Stephen Malkmus - Tour Dates:
April 30 – New York NY @ 92Y In-Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Michael Hogan
May 1 – Toronto ON @ The Great Hall ^ # SOLD OUT
May 2 – New York NY @ The Kitchen (early show) ^ SOLD OUT
May 2 – New York NY @ The Kitchen (late show) ^ SOLD OUT
May 3 – Somerville MA @ Arts At The Armory ^ # SOLD OUT
May 4 – Ardmore PA @ Ardmore Music Hall ^ #
May 5 – Washington DC @ Union Stage ^ #
May 7 – Austin TX @ 3TEN ACL Live ^
May 8 – Chicago IL @ Art Institute Of Chicago - Fullerton Hall ^ $ SOLD OUT
May 10 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge ^ SOLD OUT
May 11 – Seattle WA @ Columbia City Theater ^
May 14 – San Francisco CA @ Swedish American Hall ^ %
May 15 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room ^ % SOLD OUT
May 16 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room ^
May 30 – Barcelona ES @ Primavera Festival *
May 31 – Nimes FR @ This Is Not A Love Song *
June 2 – Hilvarenbeek NL @ Best Kept Secret *
June 4 – Sint-Niklaas BE @ De Casino *
June 5 – Hamburg DE @ Knust *
June 7 – Stockholm SE @ Debaser Strand *
June 8 – Helsinki FI @ Sideways Festival *
June 11 –  Oslo NO @ Parkteatret *
June 12 – Bergen NO @ Bergenfest *
June 14 – Copenhagen DK @ Lille (Little) Vega *
June 15 – Duisburg DE @ Traumzeit Festival *
June 16 – Mannheim DE @ Maifeld Derby Festival *
June 18 – Kortrijk BE @ De Kreun *
June 19 – Paris FR @ La Gaîté Lyrique *

Newly announced UK/European solo shows
Sept 13 – CCA, Glasgow Tickets ^
Sept 14 – Whelan’s, Dublin Tickets ^
Sept 16 – YES (The Pink Room), Manchester Tickets ^
Sept 17 – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham Tickets ^
Sept 18 – Moth Club, London Tickets ^
Sept 23 – Gewolbe, Cologne Tickets ^
Sept 24 – Kranhalle, Munich Tickets ^
Sept 26 – Burg Schnabel, Berlin Tickets ^

* denotes w/ The Jicks
^ denotes Malkmus solo
# denotes Eleanor Friedberger supporting
$ denotes Tim Midyett supporting
% denotes Mary Lattimore supporting

Groove Denied is available to buy on Dom-Mart exclusive clear vinyl (w/ Groove Denied-labelled floppy disc and Stephen Malkmus retro photo print), standard vinyl, CD (w/ poster) and digitally. Buy: Dom Mart | Digital

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Stephen Malkmus Groove Denied

Album | 15th March 2019

Groove Denied is Stephen Malkmus' infamous 'secret' electronic album. It sees Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a routine. As Malkmus commented, "It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to."

Tracklisting

  • 1Belziger Faceplant
  • 2A Bit Wilder
  • 3Viktor Borgia
  • 4Come Get Me
  • 5Forget Your Place
  • 6Rushing The Acid Frat
  • 7Love The Door
  • 8Bossviscerate
  • 9Ocean of Revenge
  • 10Grown Nothing

Stephen Malkmus Groove Denied

Album | 15th March 2019

Groove Denied is Stephen Malkmus' infamous 'secret' electronic album. It sees Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a routine. As Malkmus commented, "It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to."

Tracklisting

  • 1Belziger Faceplant
  • 2A Bit Wilder
  • 3Viktor Borgia
  • 4Come Get Me
  • 5Forget Your Place
  • 6Rushing The Acid Frat
  • 7Love The Door
  • 8Bossviscerate
  • 9Ocean of Revenge
  • 10Grown Nothing
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Live Dates

Thursday 28th November

Stephen Malkmus
Shangri-La, Osaka, Japan

Friday 29th November

Stephen Malkmus
Stream Hall, Tokyo, Japan