Steven Malkmus Too Long-Winded for 2007, Slates New Jicks Album for ‘08

Looking forward to the new record from post-Pavement coy-boy Steven Malkmus?

Well, you'd better grab some water and a seat, son, because according to a recent post on Billboard.com, Malkmus, a.k.a. The Original Guitar Hero II, is looking at an early '08 release for his 4th full-length batch of quirkily tongue-twisted, psych-rock-mind-fucks via good ol' Matador, despite the fact that the album should be completed by June.

"Basic trax committed to tape," said the apparently verb-shy Malk Man on his website, sounding a little more Cro-Magnon than usual (although now that I think about it, he does kinda look like that-there Geico Caveman, doesn't he?).

"Looks to be done sometime in late June," he continued in proper English. "Apparently the songs are so big that Matador is pushing for an early 2008 release."

Big, eh? Sounds sexy.

To make matters a little more convoluted, however, a Matador Spokesperson also told Billboard.com that the set may potentially arrive as early as late October, but that January or February 2008 are also possibilities. So, you know, take your pick. Ole!

The project, which is as-of-yet untitled and untracklisted, will be the first to feature Sleater-Kinney/Quasi drummer Janet Weiss following the departure of former Jicks drummer John Moen to play with that one band The Decembersomethings.

But while we're waiting, here's some Jicks Facts that you can set your watch to:

- Malkmus will perform solo on 7.15.07 at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago's Union Park.

- Malkmus will perform with the whole krazy Jicks Krew in Mid-August at the Green Man Festival in Whales.

Don't work too hard, guys.

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