It’s been so long since we’ve heard new material from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks that we’ve had to settle for the closest thing to a new Malkmus album, which, let’s face it, is the new Parquet Courts album. Ah, but after four years, that changes today. The onetime Pavement frontman and his aforementioned Jicks just released a new song, “Middle America,” and it’s perfect for this snowy day, what with all of its mentions of “the wintertime.”

Still better news: Malkmus is heading out on tour in June, which means a new album might just be out before then (a spokesperson declined to make it official). The tour (dates below) comes to Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 14 and will end up in Portland, where Malkmus currently makes his home. (We’re told that photo of him riding a horse was taken in Portland a few weeks ago, during a video shoot).

The new track is a mellow meditation on aging and such that includes the memorable lines: “Men are scum, I won’t deny / may you be shitfaced the day you die / and be successful in all your lies.” You can listen to it now on your platform of choice.

Tour dates:

06/01/18 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
06/02/18 – Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room at Colectivo
06/03/18 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
06/05/18 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
06/06/18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
06/07/18 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
06/08/18 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
06/09/18 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
06/11/18 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
06/12/18 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
06/14/18 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/16/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
06/17/18 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
06/19/18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
06/20/18 – Athens, GA – The Georgia Theatre
06/21/18 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
06/22/18 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
06/23/18 – Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theater
07/17/18 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
07/18/18 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
07/22/18 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
07/25/18 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
07/26/18 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
07/27/18 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
07/28/18 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
07/29/18 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
07/31/18 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
08/01/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
08/03/18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
08/04/18 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
08/05/18 – Portland, OR – Star Theater