Avoiding words like stew, husky, moist, and cuddle. An interview with Stephen Malkmus.

by Woody on January 17, 2009

malkmusI am in a fantasy hoops league and currently reside in second place with Kobe holding up my team. Every fantasy hoops aficionado should read Rotoworld, a site for news, rankings, projections and commentary on sports and fantasy leagues.‚  The site is championed by good friend of HearYa, Steve Alexander (aka Doctor A).

Doctor A also plays in a hoops league with a number of musicians including Stephen Malkmus, Janet Weiss (drummer formerly with Sleater-Kinney, now with Malkmus and the Jicks), Bo Koster (Keyboardist in My Morning Jacket) and others. Doc A’s worlds are colliding and he started posting interviews with musicians – his first is an interview Stephen Malkmus.

After reading this, I found many similarities between Malkmus and myself. We’re both fantasy dorks. We both have kids. We both read Rotoworld. Other than the few genre-defining albums he made, we’re almost identical. Who knew?

Here are a few excerpts.

On Phoenix Suns Guard, Matt Barnes:

Barnes is the epitome of punk in today’s NBA. No more Laimbeers.

On the music he’s listening to:

Crushed Butler. Seriously, this band is sick, and not just because of the Caron Butler reference.

On hearing more and more indie music in television commercials:

No problems – to each his own. Gotta put bread on the table, within reason. It’s like owning Kobe. Sometimes you gotta do it.

On the best live act right now:

Endless Boogie.

And Doc A chimes in with his top 10 Malkmus songs.

10. Gardenia – Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
9. Spit on a Stranger – Pavement
8. Greenlander – Pavement
7. Pink India – Stephen Malkmus
6. Gold Soundz – Pavement
5. Zurich Is Stained – Pavement
4. Summer Babe – Pavement
3. Box Elder – Pavement
2. Frontwards – Pavement
1. Here – Pavement

Feel free to comment with your favorite Malkmus tunes and click here to read the rest of the interview. Here are two from his most recent album Real Emotional Trash.

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Cold Son

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Baltimore

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

oz January 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm

It’s hard to pick favorites from Pavement, but I always dug Starlings of the Slipstream, We Dance, Rattled By The Rush, and Embassy Row. Cut Your Hair is the song that originally sucked me into Pavement.

Starkey January 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

oz, Cut Your Hair also got me going on Pavement, but no list is complete without Newark Wilder and Range Life. Post-Paint Boy for solo Steve.

Cap January 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm

and i thought malkmus couldn’t be any cooler. that’s great that he plays fantasy basketball.

lebron and marcus camby have me in second place by a game in my league. with healthy contributions from rashard lewis, gerald wallace, o.j. mayo, troy murphy, and nene.

gareth February 10, 2009 at 8:21 am

sooooooo many great songs, but for today -

10: freeze the saints
9: grounded
8: elevate me later
7: father to a sister of thought
6: troubbble
5: secret knowledge of backroads
4: black out
3: major leagues
2: fin
1: gold soundz

webdesign April 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

excellent songs

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