Entries tagged with: J Mascis
mike watt & the missingmen
I put the missingmen together in the summer of 2006 in order to bring forth my third punk rock opera "hyphenated-man" (the first two being 1997's "contemplating the engine room" and 2004's "the secondman's middle stand"). whereas "...engine room" dealt w/my pop's life in the navy as a metaphor for the story of the minutemen and "...middle stand" was a parallel to dante's "comedia" dealing w/an illness that almost killed me in 2000, this third opera will be quite different in that it has no standard narrative (libretto!) meaning no regular beginning-middle-end and will be as it were "simultaneous" in the way a mirror from just inside my head - right in this middle-age moment of mine - was then shattered into thirtynine pieces, each showing a piece of my state of mind (or out-of-mind) as of now. "thirty tunes?" yes, they're little ones. too heavy to really hear minutemen stuff for many years, I had to face myself and get the nerve up to hear it again when I agreed to let keith scheiron and tim irwin make the "we jam econo" documentary (many thanks to them and all who helped out on that). I even did a few gigs w/george hurley w/us as a duet doing the old tunes and it was trippy for me, like I was digging on how "econo" those tiny tunes were - no filler, right to point. a big influence was those little creatures in those old hieronymus bosch painting - I read a theory about them maybe being visualizations of proverbs or aphorisms and me, not knowing much about sixteenth century dutch/flemish culture, made up my own meanings! -Mike WattMike Watt (of the Minutemen) has a bunch of shows scheduled over the next few months
UPDATE: All upcoming Mike Watt shows are Missingmen dates.
Dates includes May 7th at Maxwell's in Hoboken (tickets on sale now), May 8th at Mercury Lounge in NYC (tickets on sale at noon), a bunch of other headlining dates, and a bunch of shows opening for Dinosaur Jr. (J Mascis and Mike Watt together again).
There's a small gap in Mike's schedule at the beginning of May. I thought maybe new dates would show up, but according to an update I got from Mike himself after I first published this: "in the middle, may 3-4-5 has me three days in the studio w/them to record my third opera at tony maimone's studio in brooklyn (studio g)." Them = the missingmen. Also, Mike's calling the trip "'prac for the 3rd opera' tour 2009."
Dinosaur Jr's. tour starts not long after SXSW..
Having recently signed with Jagjaguwar, Dinosaur Jr will be hitting the road in April to road test new material in a town near you in cozier environs than you might expect. For the fortunate fans who score tickets to these select shows, they will also receive either a limited edition, tour-only 7" or a digital download code with the purchase of a ticket. The songs on this release were recorded live during a Pitchfork.tv feature at J Mascis' own Bisquiteen Studios.You can watch those and other videos, and see all tour dates, below...
by Black Bubblegum
Witch dropped Paralyzed in March, and it was recently named as one of the best heavy albums of the year by Decibel.... check out that full list below. Look for a few of those to repeat on my own top metal list, coming very soon.
We knew that Witch counts J. Mascis as a member, but the band also contains (or, rather attempts to contain) Kyle Thomas, AKA King Tuff. King Tuff recently dropped his debut Was Dead on October 7th via Tee Pee which is also Witch's label.
J Mascis also recently released an album of his own, and on his own label... Baked Goods. Out now, J + Friends Sing + Chant for Amma is a "collection of devotional songs dedicated to the living Indian Saint, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)" with all of the proceeds going towards "a vast range of humanitarian projects, including orphanages, charitable hospitals and free homes for the homeless". For more on Amma, head here.
Earthless (mem of Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, Black Heart Procession) recently dropped their live album Live at Roadburn, captured at the ridiculawesome festival that will include Saint Vitus, Amon Duul II, Neurosis, and many other greats in 2009.
All lists and dates below...
Michael Gira @ The Stone (more by Lori Baily)
today in NYC
* Stella @ Nokia Theatre
* Will Sheff @ Other Music
* X-ecutioners @ Knitting Factory
* Radar Brothers @ Union Hall
* Golden Animals & Witches @ Cake shop
* McGarrigle Christmas Hour @ Carnegie Hall
* Bon Iver & The Tallest Man On Earth @ Town Hall
* Silver Summit, White Lodge & Headdress @ Zebulon
* Xiu Xiu & Michael Gira @ Housing Works Used Books Cafe
* Golden Animals, Gringo Star & Des Roar @ Santos Party House
* Loney, Dear, Melpo Mene & Boy Genius @ Mercury Lounge
* Bob Schneider (solo acoustic) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Jealous Girlfriends & Friendly Foes @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Will Johnson (of Centro-Matic), Chris Brokaw & James Armata @ Pianos
J Mascis was born today in 1965.
Happy Human Rights Day.
Pavement reissued Brighten the Corners. Check out their classic "Stereo" video below...
Photos by Edwina Hay
In order to capture as much of the 12 hour show that the band Fucked Up played at the Rogan Store on the Bowery near where CBGB used to be yesterday (10/14), we set up photographic shifts. Ryan was 4-6, Chris was 6-8, Edwina was 8-midnight and Tim was midnight until 2am. We failed at getting anyone there from 2-4 in the afternoon when it started. We also ended up with overlap because naturally, people stayed longer than their alotted time period, especially Ryan who was there for 8 hours. That's Jon Josef of Cro-Mags and Cro-Mags (jam) fame above in the red t-shirt (not the first time a hardcore/punk legend has joined FU on stage). The rest of Edwina's pics are below...
Photos by Ryan Muir
Ryan's official shift at the 12-hour Fucked Up show was really only 4-6, but he got there a little late and stayed much longer. John Joseph did two Cro-Mags songs with Fucked Up ("Malfunction" and "Life of My Own"). Tim Harrington sang "Over the Edge" by Underdog, "Victim in Pain" by Agnostic Front, and then moshed while someone grabbed the mic and sang Agnostic Front's "Last Warning" F'd Up played "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the Ramones twice. First with Moby singing and then later with Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend singing. Moby also did "12XU" by Minor Threat and "Nervous Breakdown" by Black Flag. Ezra also sang "Parents" by the Descendents and a Blitz song. J. Mascis did "Chunks" by Last Rites (a song D Jr often covers) with them while Matador's Gerard was on guitar and then J. played drums while Fucked Up played "I Saw It" by Deep Wound. Fucked Up of course played lots of hardcore and punk covers on their own too, and even some originals. Pictures of it all below...
J Mascis playing w/ Fucked Up (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Danzig @ Roseland Ballroom
* Cold War Kids & AA Bondy @ Webster Hall
* NOFX & Dillinger Four @ Irving Plaza
* TV on the Radio & Telepathe @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Jamie Lidell, World Provider @ Music hall of Williamsburg
* Sunn O:))), Tony Conrad, Thou @ Knitting Factory
* Fucked Up, Vivian Girls, Fiasco @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dirtbombs & Cinema Cinema @ Maxwell's
* Love is All, Abe Vigoda, Woods, Knyfe Hytes in Brooklyn
Today is Global Handwashing Day.
Video of Dillinger Four performing at Danbro Studios last night, below...
Video of Moby performing "Blitzkrieg Bop" with Fucked Up at the Rogan store yesterday, below...
Photos by Tim Griffin
The 12 hour Fucked Up show yesterday (10/15) was much more than just a Fucked Up show. Not only, as advertised, were there plenty of special guests over the course of the day, other bands did their own sets while F'd Up took breaks. We were there in shifts. Tim Griffin got there around 11:45pm and stayed until the 2am end. During that time the (comedian) Jeff Jensen project played, Endless Boogie played, and J Mascis returned for a second time. More pictures from that part below...
photos by Abbey Braden for atp 2008
Dinosaur Jr. @ ATP NY
The Meat Puppets @ ATP NY
Sep 24 - Dinosaur Jr & Om @ the Stone Pony (tonight)
Sep 24 - Built to Spill & Meat Puppets @ Ram's Head Live (Baltimore)
Sep 25 - Dinosaur Jr, Meat Puppets & Built to Spill @ Terminal 5 (TICKETS)
Sep 26 - Dinosaur Jr, Meat Puppets & Built to Spill @ Terminal 5 (SOLD OUT)
Sep 27 - Dinosaur Jr, Meat Puppets & Built to Spill @ Orpheum Theatre (Boston)
Built to Spill performed Perfect From Now On at ATP on Friday. Meat Puppets performed Meat Puppets II on the same night. Dinosaur Jr. didn't perform an album, but they did also play ATP. On Thursday and Friday of this week all three bands perform on the same bill at Terminal 5 in NYC. Dates above. More ATP pics, including one of the DJ setlist, below....
someone let Witz on the stage last night @ Roseland Ballroom in NYC
The Wounded Knees (with special guest J Mascis), My Bloody Valentine and Le Volume Courbe played Roseland Ballroom in NYC last night (9/22). The above picture is proof.
Formed in Dublin in 1984, [My Bloody Valentine] developed its initial sound as a reaction against what other bands were doing, Mr. Shields said. Most were using the cushy sounds of flangers and chorus pedals; My Bloody Valentine, using an effect called reverse reverb, strove for something "ambient but upfront, with a dryness," Mr. Shields said. Later the band would pile up countless other effects -- loops, echoes, distortion boxes -- creating the sonic onslaught that has been cited as an influence by virtually every collegiate or indie-rock band that knows how to set off feedback. [NY Times]Le Volume Courbe (here from the UK initially to play the MBV-curated day at ATP Sunday) will play two more NYC shows before they leave. Those, and other dates are below.
My Bloody Valentine do it (Roseland) again tonight (9/23) with Lilys. From there MBV move on to Toronto. MBV ATP setlist & pics are HERE (along with lots of Roseland reviews in the comments). More Lilys ATP pics are, also, below...
photos by Lori Baily
"There was really nothing to complain about if your expectations were correct when you got there. Verlaine did the same boring crap he has been doing for 10 years. The SY set could have been longer and contained at least SOME melody. Their set was the only disappointed of the night. Nels set was great, but only because of the pairing with Norton Wisdom. Very nice. J ripped it like always, he was never one to noodle. Dave Schools of Widespread Panic ripped it up on bass." [Anonymous 1]More picture from Friday's Fender party at Knitting Factory, below...
"wtf that review is just WRONG. It was cool and fun to see all these guys doing their Jazzmaster thing. Lee and Moore's set disappointing I don't think anyone there would agree with that. Mascis was more disappointing after setting up 3 huge stacks of amps on stage to get just an ok sound out of all that. Nels Cline nothing without the painter? come on man, get off your ass and listen." [Anonymous 2]
* 'Blackoutsabbath: Rufus Wainwright and Friends' @ Angel Orensanz
* The Mountain Goats are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg
* There's a benefit for Scotty Hard at Highline Ballroom
* The Ting Tings & The Brunettes are playing Union Hall
* Karl Blau & Polite Sleeper playing Cake Shop, touring
* J Mascis' Witch & Graveyard are at Luna Lounge
* an Elvis Costello tribute at the Living Room
* The Gutter Twins are playing Webster Hall
* Tift Merritt is playing Mercury Lounge
* Jaymay is playing Mercury Lounge
* New Model Army is at Maxwell's
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Graveyard - Thin Line from their self-titled LP (mp3)
J.Mascis's other other band, the doom-inspired Witch, will do a short stint of dates this month, opening their tour at the aforementioned Tee Pee Records showcase on March 12 and concluding on March 20, two days after the release of their killer record Paralyzed. Check them out at Luna Lounge in Brooklyn on March 19 (tickets here). Swedish 70s throwback rockers (NOT Witchcraft) Graveyard will open the show, playing tunes off of their grand self-titled effort. DEFINITELY a recommended album for fans of that other swedish 70s doom band or fans of Pentagram. Video and tour dates below....
BSS ("Spirit If") @ The Metro, Chicago - Nov 3, 2007 (CRED)
J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Scott Kannberg (Pavement), James Shaw (Metric) and Emily Haines (Metric) will all be joining Kevin Drew & friends on stage tomorrow night at Webster Hall in NYC. (Nov 14, 2007). Arthur & Yu are opening. Tickets are still on sale. I definitely want to go now. Updated tour dates below...
Feist listens to J Mascis rock out (CRED)
Rock out like J. Mascis with the new J. Mascis Jazzmaster Fender guitar. Rock out with J. Mascis at Webster Hall on September 3rd - Dinosaur Jr. just added more tour dates, and tickets for the NYC show go on sale Wednesday.
J's friend Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene just posted a new streaming "exclusive b-side" to his MySpace. That makes three new songs total that you can hear there - two of which will appear on his new album 'Spirit If'. That's the album he'll be performing at McCarren Park Pool with a band supposedly known as 'Broken Social Scene', and a bill that includes his girlfriend Feist, and Brooklyn's own Grizzly Bear.
Kevin also made a new video for one of those new songs, and J. Mascis sings and plays guitar in the song, and in the video. VIDEO & TOUR DATES BELOW....
J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. plays a CBGB benefit show on September 11th. (guests & ticket info. TBA)
Old Skull is reuniting at the Exploited show on September 8th.
September 3rd is listed like this..."HARLEY'S WAR Featuring Harley Flanagan and Hard core Allstars and special cromag guests!!! Playing ALL "ORIGINAL CRO-MAGS AND HARLEY'S WAR SONGS!!!!"
We're all Broken and BlackoutPack are are opening for Thursday on August 25th.
All benefit shows below...