Entries tagged with: Dinosaur Jr
by Ian Chainey
The first taste of the Melvins' Hold it In, the new album featuring Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers, has hit the web. "Brass Cupcake" is rather rocking, definitely fitting into the more streamlined material of both bands' careers. It's also something of an earworm, with its Kiss/Cheap Trick guitars spinning sugar that will buzz your brain for the rest of the day. According to drummer Dale Crover, that was the intention: "Brass Cupcake is possibly my favorite track on Hold It In! We wrote this song with Pinkus and Paul in mind, once we knew this project was a go. It's our version of what we think pop music should sound like. Get ready to freak out!" Will do. Hold it In is set to drop on October 14 via Ipecac Recordings and it's available for preorder now. Those that do will receive the song "Bride Of Crankenstein" as a bonus.
This version of the Melvins -- minus Paul Leary -- will heading out on tour in October. Drummer Dale Crover is actually currently on tour with OFF! who play NYC's Europa tonight (8/22) with Bad Antics and Gay Kiss (tickets). Dale Crover was also in the studio recently for a forthcoming solo 7" on AmRep titled United Fruit which also features Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh) and Kevin Rutmanis (Cows, Melvins, Tomahawk). You can stream the title track below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Dinosaur Jr. / Mac DeMarco @ 2014 4 Knots Music Fest
NYC's free, all-ages 4Knots Music Festival went down across two stages at the South Street Seaport. On the main stage (Pier 16), Radkey kicked things off with their classic-style punk, and (as you can see in the video below) at one point the PA cut out but they just kept rocking. Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz followed with a set that stretched as far back as their early pre-Sports single "Taylor Swift" up through their brand new "Bigger Party" which came out the day before the festival. Ex-Women band Viet Cong followed with a set of their jammy post-punk.
Those Darlins were fun, peppering their set with covers (The Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and Dylan's "The Man In Me"). If anyone was going to fall into the river during 4Knots, it would've been during Mac DeMarco's set, but he kept things fairly shenanigan-free. Dinosaur Jr. capped off the evening with an enjoyable and hit-packed set (that is how you Festival, bands) that had a pit/crowdsurfers going the whole time (video of that below).
The other stage was the Front/Row stage over on Fulton St (not exactly where they set up for Seaport Music Festival but almost) with a handful of smaller acts, including day openers and '90s-loving Dead Stars, plus Crazy Pills, Juan Wauters, and heartland rockers Nude Beach. Pictures from their sets, and more of the rest of 2014 4Knots fest, below....
Witch at Santos in 2012 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Witch -- the stoner rock band that features Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis on drums, his Sweet Apple bandmate Dave Sweetapple on bass, King Tuff main man Kyle Thomas on vocals/guitar, and Lecherous Gaze/Annihilation Time's Graham Clise on guitar -- will be coming to NYC to headline the next FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 23. (You may remember Dinosaur Jr played the May one.) Opening the show are their Tee Pee labelmates Ruby the Hatchet. Though the show is free, you need tickets which go on "sale" Wednesday (7/9) at noon.
It's the only upcoming date for Witch at the moment, however, you'll get to see a couple of chances to see Witch's members at other times. Dinosaur Jr will be in NYC for the free 4Knots Festival on Saturday (7/12) that also includes Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more. Then J Mascis will return on October 17 when his solo tour hits Bowery Ballroom (tickets).
Meanwhile, King Tuff just announced a tour that includes NYC shows on October 8 at Baby's All Right and October 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to Baby's go on sale Wednesday (7/9) at 10 AM and tickets to Bowery go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wed at noon.
Watch a live Witch video below...
Yesterday (6/9) we mentioned that Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis would be revealing a song and more details from his upcoming solo LP, Tied to a Star, today and here they are. The album will be out August 26 via Sub Pop, was recorded and produced by J himself, and features appearances by Cat Power, Mark Mulcahy, Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), and Ken Mairui (Young@Heart Chorus). Listen to its single, "Every Morning," below.
J's full tour has now also been announced. As discussed, it hits NYC on October 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/11) at noon.
Dino Jr also headline the free 4Knots Festival in NYC.
All dates are listed, with the new single and LP tracklist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
J Mascis w/ Dino Jr at MHOW last month (more by Caroline Harrison)
Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis will be releasing a new solo album, Tied to a Star, at some point this year which follows 2011's Several Shades of Why. Sub Pop say music and more info on the album is coming tomorrow (6/10), but in the meantime the label's Megan Jasper (one of J's lifelong friends) sat down with him for a video interview about the new LP. They call it "A Revealing Conversation with J Mascis," and anyone who's ever seen J interviewed before should know just how talkative and revealing he does get. You can check that out below.
In the video, they mention J has a solo tour on the way and though all of those dates haven't been announced yet, we do know he's playing Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and a NYC show on October 17 at Bowery Ballroom. It's just J alone at these shows, but even in an acoustic setting, he still kicks on the distortion and rips a few of those classic solos. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/11) at noon.
Meanwhile, Dinosaur Jr will be back in NYC much sooner to headline the free 4Knots Music Festival (7/12) with Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more.
All currently known J Mascis dates are listed, with the LP artwork, interview video, and a live video, below...
words and photos by Caroline Harrison
Dinosaur Jr / Screaming Females @ MHOW - 5/28/14
Converse Rubber Tracks nailed the line-up for last night's (5/28) free (and sold out) show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Philly's Creepoid, who feature an ex-member of noise rock trio Fight Amp, has gained well-deserved attention for their second full-length. The crowd didn't appear to be familiar with the band, but they were definitely into the grooved out 90s rock set. Creepoid gained a few fans last night, which is all the more impressive considering the performances that followed.
If you've never seen Screaming Females play live, you should fix that (in fact, they just released a live album, which I guess is the next best thing). The trio transforms from unassuming everymen to banshee-wailing, grinning, grooving rock gods the second they play their first note. And the energy is infectious--bassist "King" Mike barely stops grinning or jumping, and guitarist/vocalist Marissa Paternoster throws her whole body into howling and shredding. Given Paternoster's audible J. Mascis influence, Screaming Females are a natural choice to open for Dinosaur Jr--and this was not the first time the band had taken on that supporting role. (Not even the first time at that venue.)
Then finally at 10 PM Dinosaur Jr took the stage. Lou Barlow sheepishly admitted that it was their first show in six months--not that anyone could tell. Barlow and Mascis are a study in contrasts on stage--Mascis shreds in place, occasionally tossing around his silvery hair, while Barlow sinks into every groove he plays. Dinosaur Jr is that rare band whose new songs are as well-received by their fans as their old ones, so the crowd couldn't have been happier with their set. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Dinosaur Jr will be back in NYC to headline the free 4Knots Fest on July 12 at South Street Seaport with Speedy Ortiz, Viet Cong, Nude Beach and more.
More pictures, including all three bands' setlists, below...
Dinosaur Jr. @ T5, 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Julie Ruin had to drop off as headliners of the 2014 Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival , as singer Kathleen Hanna has had a lyme disease relapse. (Feel better, Kathleen!) The fest has announced their new headliner: Dinosaur Jr. They'll join Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Juan Wauters and more TBA at South St. Seaport on July 12. That show is free and all ages.
Dinosaur Jr. will play NYC before that, headlining the free Converse Rubber Tracks show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Screaming Females and Creepoid. While free, all tickets have been claimed for that one. They were also part of last night's Fun Fun Fun Fest announcement (with Blood Brothers, Judas Priest, Mineral, Failure and many more).
In other news, Dino Jr. frontman J. Mascis is guesting with the band on Late Night with Seth Meyers all this week. The show airs weeknights at 12:30 AM on NBC.
Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Indie rock veterans Dinosaur Jr don't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but they do have a few select festival appearances coming up, and a FREE Converse Rubber Tracks Live show in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 28 with Philly slowcore/shoegazers Creepoid. Though the show is free, you do need tickets to enter, which go on "sale" Wednesday (5/14) at noon. All upcoming Dino Jr dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, you can also see Creepoid in NYC sooner than that when their tour hits Death by Audio on May 18 with Alex G, Florida and The Chickenhawks.
Listen to music from both bands, with Dino Jr's list of dates, below...
Reissue label The Numero Group are known for having expert taste and some of the best packaging around. They recently put out a compilation of '70s-era Laurel Canyon songwriter Ned Doheny and last year put out that Unwound box and a four-LP set of rare Twin Cities funk titled Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. They've always got some interesting Record Store Day exclusives and this year those are:
Dinosaur Jr.: Visitors 5×45: Dinosaur Jr.'s first four singles plus pairing "Show Me The Way" with a cover of the Byrds' "Feel A Whole Lot Better."For the last three years Numero has operated a pop-up show in Chicago on Record Store Day and will do so again this year (4/19). A week after that, Numero Group is heading to Brooklyn for a pop-up at Greenpoint's Human Gallery (110 Meserole Ave) from April 25 - 27 from noon - 8 PM each day. Says the label:
South Side Story: a compilation of rare Chicago soul groups.
We'll be taking over all 700 square feet of the space for the entire weekend of April 25th-27th, stocking the place with thousands of LPs, 45s, and CDs that we found tucked away in a warehouse on Long Island. Our very own Rob Sevier and Ken Shipley will DJ intermittently throughout the day. We'll also be bringing tons of deleted items and damaged stock, selling it all at blow-out prices. Wholesalers welcomed. Everything there will be priced to move. We have no interest in trucking it back to Chicago.In addition to the used vinyl, the Numero pop-up will feature a "wide array of high quality records from Numero, Cali-Tex, JR, Asterisk, and Numerophon," as well as the label's Record Store Day items.
Chelsea Light Moving at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston Moore, the guitar visionary of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations (he just wrapped up a residency at The Stone with various collaborators), is set to receive The Fly's Living Legend Award in London this February, and ahead of that The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time.
That list includes songs by Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, T. Rex, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Lou Reed, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Minor Threat, Black Flag and more. Check out his full list below...
MGMT at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (More by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, indie-pop-turned-psych-weirdos MGMT are currently on a tour which brings them to NYC for a huge show at Barclays Center on December 13 with Dinosaur Jr. and Kuroma (fronted by a member of MGMT's live band). Tickets for that show are still available, but we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
If you're wondering what to expect from this ever-changing band at the Barclays Center show, this review on Memphis Flyer of Saturday's Orpheum Theatre show sheds some light:
You wanted to hear their big hits, like "Kids," "Time To Pretend," and "Electric Feel?" Score.Looking at the nightly setlists they've been posting on Instagram, they do change the order up from show to show. Speaking of their instagram, they're running a contest on it where you can win a chance to play the giant cowbell during "Your Life Is A Lie" on stage with them.
You wanted to hear the trippy stuff like "Siberian Breaks" and "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters?" Score.
You wanted to hear material from the new album? Score.
MGMT's set list broke down cleanly, with 6 cuts from Oracular Spectacular, 5 from Congratulations, and 5 from the newest album, MGMT.
You could use those numbers as a guideline and come up with many permutations of set lists, but MGMT elected to play their most accessible material. So they didn't play "4th Dimensional Transition" but they did play "Weekend Wars"; they didn't play "Lady Dada's Nightmare" but did "Flash Delirium"; didn't play the 2nd half of MGMT but did the first half.
In other Dinosaur Jr. news, J Mascis recently teamed up with Fred Armisen to cover TLC's "Waterfalls" at Berklee Performing Arts Center, which you can watch a video of below. J Mascis also just teamed up with Sharon Van Etten collaborator Doug Keith (not long after teaming up with Sharon Van Etten herself) to contribute a guitar solo to "Pure Gold In The 70s" off Doug's upcoming LP, Pony (due out 2/11). You can listen to that (via SPIN) below too.
Updated dates are listed, along with contest details, video and song stream, below...
Kim Gordon w/ Dinosaur Jr at T5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
As mentioned a few times, there's a benefit honoring Kim Gordon happening at Issue Project Room on November 13 and 14, and the full lineup has finally been announced. It looks like this...
On the first night (11/13), there will be a VIP reception at 7 PM which will feature Kim performing as a duo with drummer Tim Barnes (who has played with Jim O'Rourke, Silver Jews, etc), along with food and drinks by Rucola. Then at 9 PM, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr will play a solo set, followed by Body/Head (aka Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) performing as a trio with no wave legend Ikue Mori. Tickets are available for the VIP reception and 9 PM concert ($250, but $150 tax-deductible), and also just for the 9 PM concert ($35).
Then, on night 2 (11/14), Kim will first perform as a duo with her Her Noise collaborator Jutta Koether, and will then do a trio set with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing). Tickets for night 2 are available.
The week after the Kim Gordon benefit, there's also the Body/Head show at MoMA (11/21), featuring a DJ set from Kathleen Hanna (The Julie Ruin, Le Tigre, Bikini Kill). Tickets for that show are still available, and you can also win a pair.
J Mascis just played a Brooklyn show with Speedy Ortiz last week (10/23) in celebration of Mishka's new Dinosaur Jr clothing line. Dinosaur Jr will open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets), and Dinosaur's Lou Barlow will bring his other band, Sebadoh, to NYC when their tour hits Bowery Ballroom on Friday (11/1) (tickets).
Speaking of Gang Gang Dance side projects, Brian DeGraw's new solo project bEEdEEgEE will make its live debut on November 30 at Glasslands. Since we last spoke, Mas Ysa was added to that show. Tickets are still available.
We also just posted some tributes/sentiments from Kim Gordon and other Sonic Youth members to Lou Reed.
Tonight (10/29) in NYC is also Lee Ranaldo's guitar clinic at Other Music, which starts at 8 PM.
Updated Body/Head dates are listed, along with a video of Kim Gordon playing "Don't" with Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2012, below...
NYC clothing company Mishka (also known for putting out rap mixtapes) is teaming up with mutual fan/friend J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. to give his band their own clothing line. Above is a picture of one of the hats, and below you can see the Dinosaur Jr. beanies, t-shirts, jacket and more hats. The clothing line will drop on Wednesday, October 23 at NYC's Mishka Store (where Pictureplane just played).
J Mascis will be doing an in-store signing at the store at 6 PM, and afterwards he'll play the previously discussed afterparty with Speedy Ortiz at The Flat (308 Hooper St) at 9 PM. Nick Gazin will also be DJing. More info at the Facebook event. Show flyer below.
Previously in Dinosaur Jr news, an emo supergroup is releasing a Dinosaur Jr tribute LP and J. Mascis and Sharon Van Etten just made a video for their John Denver cover.
More clothing line pictures and show flyer below...
Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.
The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.
After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).
Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...
Dinosaur Jr. at Irving Plaza in June (more by Caroline Harrison)
Dinosaur Jr. has been doing the festival circuit lately, having recently hit Riot Fest Chicago, Governors Ball, and they've got Mexico City's Corona Capital Fest coming up soon. (Their Culture Collide kickoff show in LA with Phoenix was postponed.) Otherwise their touring schedule is pretty light, but it's been announced that they will return to NYC to open the previously discussed MGMT show at Barclays Center (12/13). Kuroma, who used to be in MGMT, is on the bill too. Tickets for the show are on AmEx presale now and they go on sale to the general public on Friday (10/4) at 11 AM. All Dino Jr dates are listed below.
Earlier today we mentioned that Dinosaur Jr.'s 1993 album Where You Been is being covered in full by an emo supergroup that features members of Texas is the Reason, Knapsack, Samiam and more. We just premiered the cover of "Start Choppin," which features vocals from Samiam's Jason Beebout, and you can listen here.
All dates are listed, along with a video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Two different sections of the '90s underground, indie rock and emo, will be coming together with a new project called Felled Trees. The band is comprised of members of '90s emo bands Texas is the Reason, Samiam, Knapsack (plus newer bands like Thrice and RX Bandits) and more, and they've come together to record a tribute album to Dinosaur Jr.'s Where You Been for its 20th anniversary. The core lineup is bassist Ed Breckenridge (Thrice), guitarist Sergie Loobkoff (Samiam, Solea, Knapsack), and drummer/producer Roger Camero (No Motiv, Peace'd Out), and the album includes guest vocal appearances from Garrett Klahn (Texas is the Reason, Atlantic/Pacific, Solea), Jason Beebout (Samiam), Blair Sheehan (Knapsack, The Jealous Sound), Karl Larsson (Last Days of April), Davey Warsop (Suedehead, Beat Union), plus keys by Steve Choi (RX Bandits, Peace'd Out).
The first single released from the album was "Get Me" with Texas is the Reason's Garret Klahn on vocals, and the second is "Start Choppin" with Samiam's Jason Beebout on vocals, which makes its premiere in this post. It stays pretty true to the original and Jason's take on J Mascis' relaxed drawl totally captures his essence. In Jason's own words:
"Start Choppin" is rad because it is such an anthem, you can't help but sing along. Cruising through the verses with J Mascis, diggin the vibe and feeling awesome and then, like so many other good songs, when you get to the chorus there's that hard part that makes your voice crack and you are reminded that you are mortal and this band is great and you are thankful they were able to pull off such a sweet number.And his Samiam bandmate Sergie Loobkoff added:
When 'Green Mind' came out, I was still hung up on the erroneous thought that Dinosaur had lost it or 'sold out' because a. it being on a, gasp, major label and that b. J squeezed out Murph on drums and 'some guy' replaced Lou. But in the few years that passed by the time "Where You Been' came out, I realized that J was the far superior drummer, Mike Johnson was an tasty bassist...and who cares what label a band is on?The album comes out on October 15 via Siren Records, and it can be pre-ordered here. Check out the streams of "Start Choppin" and "Get Me," along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
So I put on 'Where You Been' and of course even just the opening lead of 'Out There' blew my mind. You'd think that it would be hard to match on the second song...but 'Start Choppin' was a motherfucker. The guitar riff has that feeling of familiarity...like I already knew it when I heard it for the first time. And the melody and lyrics were classic Mascis. If you relate to one of his songs...well, thematically there isn't a huge range of topics...you 'get' all of his songs.
In related news, Knapsack bring their previously mentioned reunion tour to NYC on November 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Have Mercy and I Hate Our Freedom. Tickets for that show are still available.
Song streams and more, below...
photos by Cory Dewald
Blondie / Glassjaw / Public Enemy fans
With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. [BV Chicago]Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.
by Bill Pearis
What to get the Dinosaur Jr. obsessive in your life besides expensive tinnitus surgery? Perhaps you'd be interested in the upcoming Dinosaur Jr, the coffee table book, that chronicles the veteran indie rockers from high school through the present day. It's got never-before-seen photographs, loads of old flyers, new interviews with J, Lou, Murph and former members Mike Johnson and George Berz, archival interviews and lots more.
There are two editions: the "classic" edition, and the "signature edition" that is signed by the band and comes with an additional volume as well as fine art prints. You can pre-order now and both editions will be out in November -- just in time for the holidays.
Dinosaur Jr. were last here in June for Governors Ball. Lou will be back with Sebadoh in November, and there's a listening party for their new album on Saturday (8/17) at Greenpoint's Permanent Records.
Check out a promotional Video for the Dinosaur Jr. book below.
FILTER Magazine's Culture Collide festival is returning to various LA venues this year from October 9-12. It begins with a kickoff show with Phoenix and Dinosaur Jr (maybe they'll join each other for "Entertainment"?) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (10/9), which tickets (separate from the rest of the festival) are on sale for now.
Then, the rest of the fest will include sets from Liars, King Khan & the Shrines, The Raveonettes, Rhye, Iceage, The Men, Medicine, Fuck Buttons, No Joy, Heliotropes and many other bands from around the world. Festival passes that you get in to all non-Phoenix/Dinosaur Jr events are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
by Caroline Harrison
Dinosaur Jr. @ Irving Plaza 6/7/2013
After a thoroughly rained-on and mud-soaked Friday, Governor's Ball headed to Irving Plaza for an after party with Dinosaur Jr. and Reignwolf. "WE ARE THE KINGS OF LEON," proclaimed Lou Barlow, "AND THIS IS SEX ON FIRE," apparently tickled that the platinum-selling band had to move their Governor's Ball performance to Saturday because of the inclement weather. Dinosaur Jr., who took the stage at Irving around 1:15 AM, tore through a 17-song set at their usual preposterous volume.
The band, approaching the thirtieth anniversary of their formation, still rocks--harder than most. Legendary guitarist (and possible wizard) J. Mascis has had a busy few days. The band played two sets on Friday, one in the rain, and on Saturday, one of Mascis' other bands, Heavy Blanket, played a free afternoon Summer Thunder show at Union Pool that BV presented and got shut down after 15 minutes for being too damn loud.
Hopefully, Dinosaur Jr. will be coming around again soon. They've already played both Bug (1988) and You're Living All Over Me (1987) in their entirety. I'm holding out for a tour on Green Mind. Until then, more pictures from Irving Plaza, including one of Dinosaur Jr's setlist, are below.
note: these pictures were posted for about a minute yesterday, but due to a website malfunction, they disappeared. so here they are...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Dinosaur Jr. / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / muddy people
Thanks to the storm that hit us on Friday (6/7), day 1 of Governors Ball got off to a pretty messy start. It wasn't so bad at first, and early sets from Polica and Dinosaur Jr. (who had a bunch of fans there in J.Mascis-style grey wigs) were still enjoyable despite the weather, but later in the day, the rain severely picked up and Feist's set was shut down after one song. Other artists, like Beach House, were cut off early too, and some, like Pretty Lights and Kings of Leon (who ended up playing Saturday instead), had to cancel completely. Still, before then there was much to enjoy, and the Skyy Vodka Tent made for a great place to take shelter and dry off. Plus huge afternoon dance parties from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Crystal Castles didn't hurt either.
Stay tuned for our continued coverage of Governors Ball, and follow BrooklynVegan on twitter and instagram for live updates (as much as cell phone service permits at least, it gets pretty rough around mid-day). More pictures of day 1 below...
Sebadoh @ Bowery Ballroom, Aug. 2012 (more by Bryan Buchman)
We knew that there was a new Sebadoh EP on the way, but now we learn that there will be an album too, titled Defend Yourself, which will be out September 17 on Joyful Noise. It will be the band's first new album in 14 years. Lou Barlow chatted a bit about the new album on the Joyful Noise blog:
How did you decide that now was the time to make the next Sebadoh record?Meanwhile, that new five-song EP, Secret, is out June 25 and you can stream the whole thing below.
The touring in support of the Bakesale reissue went very well. We had good chemistry as a 3 piece, Bob & Jake had been playing together for years & along with my 20 year history with Jake, D'Amico's contribution to the lineup was just a good fit. A new record had always been something we knew we would get around to doing & the pieces finally seemed to fall in place. My experience with the Dinosaur Jr. post-reunion albums had shown that it was best to just get on with it, drop any fears of not surpassing the band's earlier work & just make some new songs to play live & share with the people who still care about us.
Are you excited about anything in particular?
I was excited to work with Wally Gagel on the final mixes for my songs, he was my writing partner/producer during the heyday of the Folk Implosion. He & I hadn't worked together for awhile & I liked what he did with Jake's recordings. He also saved my ass by being available when I really needed him.
I'm relieved that we were able to find the time to make a new LP happen & surprised at how well it seems to hang together conceptually. I'm also pleased that we kept to ourselves during the recording & didn't have much, if any, outside intervention. That, to my mind, makes it a true Sebadoh record & aligns the style of Defend Yourself with our early releases.
I used more 4 string guitar on this record than any record since Bakesale. Also, we tuned lower & I reverted back to the downstroke strumming style that I used early on. I made a conscious effort to do what felt the most natural as opposed to trying to streamline the sound as I did with some of the songs on The Sebadoh & Harmacy.
Lou also plays with Dinosaur Jr. on Friday (6/7) at Governor's Ball and the late night afterparty at Irving Plaza (win tickets!) bandmate J. Mascis plays Union Pool on Saturday afternoon (6/8) with his psychedelic blues-jam band Heavy Blanket. It's part of the BrooklynVegan-curated edition of the venue's free Summer Thunder and the show also features Love As Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM and, again, it's free.
Sebadoh have a few tour dates this summer, but none currently lined up for the East Coast. Those dates are listed, along with the EP stream, below.
Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5, 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Prepare for a triple dose of J. Mascis this weekend. First up, Dinosaur Jr. play twice on Friday (6/7): first at Governors Ball and then one of the fest's official afterparties happening at Irving Plaza that night. Blown-out bluesman Reignwolf opens the show (and also plays Govs Ball) and you can check him out in a video below. Tickets are still available for Dinosaur Jr., but you can try your hand at winning some, we've got three pair to give away. Details are below. Good luck!
Then on Saturday afternoon (6/8) at Union Pool, Mascis plays again with one of his other bands, the instrumental, psychedelic blues-jamming Heavy Blanket. You can find out just how heavy a blanket can be by streaming a couple tracks below.
The show is part of the BrooklynVegan-presented edition of the venue's free Summer Thunder series (that kicked off last week) and the show also features Love As Laughter. The fun starts at 2 PM and, again, it's free.
Invisible Oranges is also proud to sponsor a Summer Thunder event on June 15th with Inter Arma and Pyrrhon.
Song stream, videos and contest details below...
Grizzly Bear in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
The festival goes down on Randall's Island this weekend (6/7-9). We also just made a Spotify playlist of many of the artists we're excited to see this weekend. Listen to that below or on Spotify. Full Governors Ball schedule is also below...
Kanye West in Sweden in 2011 (more)
NYC festival Governors Ball is totally sold out of regular tickets, but if you weren't able to get yours and still want to go, there are still a few options. From now until Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM, you can enter the Governors Ball Ticket Lottery. Entering the lottery gives you a chance to be selected to purchase either a 3-day pass or a single day ticket. More details on how the lottery works below.
Ticket lottery details and festival set times below...