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Stephen Malkmus Gets Animated in Trippy ‘Rushing the Acid Frat’ Video

Former Pavement frontman takes a psychedelic walk on the moon for new ‘Groove Denied’ single

Stephen Malkmus’ new album, Groove Denied, has some weird and cool electro-pop leanings, but it’s also got a handful of the chill guitar jams the former Pavement frontman is best known for. “Rushing the Acid Frat” is one of the best songs in the latter category, and now it’s got a trippy animated music video directed by Robert Strange of indie-pop group Superorganism.

Malkmus has said that “Rushing the Acid Frat” is based, in part, on a specific Deadhead-friendly frat he recalls from his undergrad days at the University of Virginia. “I was imagining a fraternity where they just take acid all the time,” he recently told RS. “That’s what ‘Louie Louie’ would sound like to those guys, if you’re having a bad trip or something.”

In the video, a squiggly Malkmus toon ambles through Los Angeles before finding himself on the moon, while an Exploding Plastic Inevitable-type psychedelic projection unfolds behind him. Far-out!

Groove Denied is out March 15th. The singer will mount a solo tour for the album later this spring.

Stephen Malkmus Tour Dates

May 1 – Toronto ON @ The Great Hall ^ #
May 2 – New York NY @ The Kitchen ^
May 3 – Somerville MA @ Arts At The Armory ^ #
May 4 – Ardmore PA @ Ardmore Music Hall ^ #
May 5 – Washington DC @ Union Stage ^ #
May 7 – Austin TX @ 3TEN ACL Live ^
May 8 – Chicago IL @ Art Institute Of Chicago – Fullerton Hall ^
May 10 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge ^
May 11 – Seattle WA @ Columbia City Theater ^
May 14 – San Francisco CA @ Swedish American Hall ^ %
May 15 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room ^ %
May 16 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room ^
May 30 – Barcelona ES @ Primavera Festival *
May 31 – Nimes FR @ This Is Not A Love Song *
June 6-9 – Helsinki FI @ Sideways Festival *
June 14-16 – Mannheim DE @ Maifeld Derby Festival *
June 19 – Paris FR @ La Gaîté Lyrique *

* Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
^ Stephen Malkmus solo
# Eleanor Friedberger supporting
% Mary Lattimore supporting

 

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