In a Green Man Minute: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

October 13th, 2007

Stephen Malkmus

The Who? **
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** Seen at the 2007 Green Man Festival. Festivals, like all closed social systems, have rules. One of them is that the last band - the very last band, the band that headlines the final day, the band that enjoys the number one ranking - gets to be the loudest band, gets to tell the sound technicians to push the levels to the proverbial “eleven”, and stand over them as they do it.

The Jicks availed themselves of this privilege. During his interview the day before, Stephen Malkmus said of Joanna Bolme (base), Janet Weiss (drums) and Mike Clark (synth), “these guys can really shred”.

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In a Green Man Minute: Devendra Banhart

September 30th, 2007

Devendra Banhart

Male fraud. **
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** Seen at the 2007 Green Man Festival. To be honest, the only reason we were standing that close to Banhart was to stake out a good position for the next act, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

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In a Green Man Minute: Gruff Rhys

September 30th, 2007

Gruff Rhys

Nice vuvuzela. **
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** Seen at the 2007 Green Man Festival. Rhys’ set mainly comprised a rendition of his hijack epic, “Skylon”, from the album Candylion.

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In a Green Man Minute: Stephen Malkmus Talks to Phil Sutcliffe of Mojo Magazine

September 23rd, 2007

Stephen Malkmus

Glass tent. **
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** Seen at the 2007 Green Man Festival. The festival’s “Literature Tent”, designed more for poetry readings than interviews with rock stars, could barely house all of emperor-of-indie Stephen Malkmus’ fans. Fortunately, Your Correspondent and his Lovely Assistant had arrived early - with all of the UK’s Sunday papers to tide us through the wait - and had literally the best seats under the canopy for the Malkman’s interview with Phil Sutcliffe of the British music rag Mojo.

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In a Green Man Minute: Battles

September 16th, 2007

Battles

Live band! **
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** Seen at the 2007 Green Man Festival. Battles, who headlined the Green Man’s Folkey Dokey stage on Saturday night (playing opposite Robert Plant, who was on the main stage in front of arguably fewer people), provoked the first encore I witnessed at the festival. The audience simply howled until they reappeared.

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