The Jicks singer performed the hit song at the You Who Family Rock Show in Portland on January 11, with footage now emerging online. The show was organised to raise money for sick children, with Malkmus’ own daughter personally requesting that he performed Taylor Swift’s track.
Watch Malkmus’ rendition of Swift beneath.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, it was revealed that Malkmus has rejected his former Pavement bandmates’ offer to reunite.
In an interview on the Kreative Kontrol podcast, Pavement and Silver Jews’ Bob Nastanovich revealed that Malkmus was not interested in their pitch for a reunion. “It did not float. It was a failed attempt,” Nastanovich said.
He also talked about a possible Silver Jews reunion, after a photo was unveiled of the band practicing together in February, which frontman David Berman called the photo “a prank” at the time. “He [Berman] has written some new songs. Brian Kotzur, the drummer in Silver Jews, is an everyday musician and has a studio at the ready,” Nastanovich said. “He lives about a mile from David in Nashville and David probably spends more time with him than anyone else in Nashville.
“If he actually wants to jam or present what he’s written [he can go to Brian’s house]…the fact that he’s got some writing that’s clearly meant to be lyrics is encouraging for people who care about the Silver Jews getting back together. Just like every other Silver Jews experience, he’s gotta pick a who, when, and where.”
Nastanovich added that there are 15 Silver Jews songs in the works. He said: “He can be on the cusp of something really big and brilliant, and he’ll scrap it. The reason can be anything and he’s always ready to defend his position. Nothing’s in the can in any release-able way.”
Pavement last reunited for a tour in 2010, but have not worked together since. Stephen Malkmus’s latest album with his band the Jicks, called ‘Wig Out at Jagbags’, was released last year.