In June of 2015, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks appeared at Portland’s annual Quiet Music Festival. Guitarist/keyboardist Mike Clark described the performance as “an intimate, unusual, and idiosyncratic set of re-arranged songs, one-off covers, and deep rarities from the depths of [the band’s] catalog.” It’s a good then that thing the whole thing was captured on analog two-track 1/4-inch tape; now the festival has released the entire set for your listening pleasure.
Before diving into deep Malkmus cuts like “Deado” and “Freeze the Saints”, as well as the Jicks’ own “Fall Away”, the show opened with a cover of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are”. The decision to try out his best Kurt Cobain is even more fascinating when you realize that Malkmus had tweeted out, “I finally get Nirvana” just a few months prior, as Stereogum notes.
Elsewhere in the set, the band covered Pink Floyd (“Fearless”), Minutemen (“History Lesson Part II”), Carpenters (“Rainy Days and Mondays”), and even Chad & Jeremy (closer “Rest in Peace”). Relive the weird and wonderful concert by purchasing the live album or streaming it below.