Stephen Malkmus is an American musician best known as the lead singer and guitarist of Pavement. He currently performs with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.
Emil Amos releases music as Holy Sons. He’s also performed with Om and Grails.
Today’s guests are indie rock veterans: Stephen Malkmus (Pavement, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks) and Emil Amos (drummer for Om and Grails and main man at Holy Sons). During the conversation, Amos draws out Malkmus’ story: from his early music fandom in Stockton, California, to college in Virginia to the ups and downs of being a ’90s indie guitar god in Pavement and beyond.
Their chat also takes in venturing out of their DIY comfort zones to work with big name producers, Elliott Smith’s love of fine recording gear (and his studio size miscalculation), Silver Jews’ David Berman’s the Cure obsession, and their thoughts on indie rock’s ’90s revival. Check it out. Grails LP Chalice Hymnal is out on February 17. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop on future Talkhouse Podcasts.
— Elia Einhorn, Talkhouse Podcast producer and engineer