January 7 (January 6 in the UK) marks the release of the new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album, Wig Out At Jagbags, their first since 2011's Mirror Traffic, which follows a short period of Malkmus being relocated to Berlin. Malkmus sez:
"Wig Out At Jagbags is inspired by Cologne, Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Spar and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas; Stephen-Malkmus-imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, Sic Alps, UVA in the late 80's, NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townshend, Pavement, The Joggers, The NBA and home life in the 2010's..."
Pre-orders from the Matador store receive pre-order-only "Pick Up The Spare" 7" (single sided 7" on strawberry red vinyl) - while supplies last! Pre-order from iTunes receive a download of "Lariat" instantly, and non-album track "Pick Up The Spare" on release date.