Thursday, March 13, 2003

Review - Pig Lib

Artist: Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Posted on Thu, Mar 13, 2003 at 4:00 AM

No one can accuse Stephen Malkmus of being coy these days. He makes his intentions clear a mere 90 seconds into "Pig Lib" -- his second post-Pavement jaunt -- as jibber-jabbering voices, stumbling guitars and a buzzing drone soak through the speakers: "If madness comes, so much the better Ã? touche." The ensuing 46 minutes bear this out in proggy, stoner-friendly strokes; it's a welcome change from Malkmus's solo debut, which played like a brighter, sillier Pavement album. Malkmus, bassist Joanna Bolme, drummer John Moen and keyboardist/guitarist Mike Clark turn out jam-prone, classic-rock-flavored nuggets that goof darkly and complement each other in a way no Malkmus-crafted set has since Pavement's "Wowee Zowee." A mellow, head-trip travelogue, "Ramp of Death" ambles hallucinogenically; warped, flagellating axe licks flare from "Sheets"; "1% of 1," a nine-minute tour favorite, veers from Renaissance romp to full-borne skronk and back. "Us," where Malkmus, Bohme and Moen harmonize together like Yo La Tengo over aggressive folk chords, sticks out like a sore thumb -- but at least it arrives at the end, once the black lights have been switched off and the incense lit.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 7, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation