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Sunday 21 October 2018

See You At The Movies

I can't imagine J Mascis is getting very many new fans at this stage in his 'career', that the youth are getting into his records or even that Dinosaur Jr are on the verge of a re-discovery (despite their reunion). His band and solo career seem to play to people who got into him between the mid 80s and mid 90s and have stuck. This song sneaked out a while ago, a solo song ahead of a new solo album.

In lots of ways it's as good as anything he's done for ages, all the J Mascis elements present and correct- timeworn vocal, lovely acoustic guitar backing, blistering lead guitar parts and a general sense of lethargy (but with that electric jolt still there). Sonic Youth wrote Teenage Riot about J Mascis, imagining him as president of the USA in an alternate reality. What seemed nonsense in 1988 now seems like good common sense- J would be a million times better than the current incumbent and his support for medieval theocracy, whatever the cost.

Dinosaur Jr wrote, recorded and released an album in 1987 called You're Living All Over Me. If you don't know it, this is a good place to start.

In A Jar


Rol said...

Yeah, but have you seen him do karaoke?


Swiss Adam said...

Ha. Thanks Rol. That's life affirming stuff. Genuinely.