The new video for "No One Is (As I Are Be)" from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks has been posted over at the New York Times, and you should go over there to check it out, since it can't be embedded here. (Also, did you think you'd ever see the day when the New York Times has more video premieres than MTV?) The video is charming, and the song is yet another assured highlight for Malkmus, who finds a new backdrop for his circuitous melodies and wordplay, finding a perfect match in the AM gold soundz of the late '60s and early '70s. (Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" has been cited as a particular inspiration, although I don't hear that one so much as tunes like the Association's "Windy.") Among the tykes running around in the video are Malkmus' own kids, and the other Jicks—Jake Morris, Joanna Bolme, Mike Clark—make appearances as well. It's a languid, hazy, wistful song with a languid, hazy, wistful video to boot, containing a hint of nostalgia without being steeped in it. The record it's taken from, the Beck-produced Mirror Traffic, comes out Tuesday, and it's just as good as this song.
End Hits: Who's peeking out from under a stairway?