Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks “Sparkle Hard” At The Greek Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Make A Special Appearance To Sing "Refute"
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… The music got considerably louder when Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks took the stage next. The last time I was able to catch Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks perform live was at Coachella in 2008, and all I can say is that this band still sounds as good as ever. Touring in support of their latest album released earlier this year, Sparkle Hard, Stephen and company mixed in a bit of the new with a couple of the old, and even threw in a Pavement (“And Then (The Hexx)”) and Neil Young (“Barstool Blues”) covers to boot.
What was particularly exciting about the performance was the way they jammed out passages of songs. When Stephen threw his guitar behind his head and closed his eyes, it was a perfect exhibition of “playing by feel”, and that’s when the band’s sound swelled into a massive crescendo of sound.
The biggest, and most noteworthy, part of their performance, however, was a moment that I technically missed. As I haven’t photographed very often at this particular venue, I was unaware of the fact that between acts I could stow my gear and watch the balance of the opening performances from my seat. Instead, I stood at the inner gate, watching the performance on the LED screen provided for those waiting in line for concessions.
Towards the end of their set, Sonic Youth front woman Kim Gordon joined Stephen to sing the Sparkle Hard duet “Refute”. It’s an odd duet insofar as it’s a song sung in a country twang, but anytime you have the chance to see two legends of a musical era team up on stage, it’s a musical privilege… I”m just bummed that I had to watch it on a screen from outside the venue …”