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by Bill Pearis

Dinosaur Jr. w/ Negative Approach, Kevin Shields & Kim Gordon @ Bowery Ballroom 12/9/2015 (via @emilysarahg)
Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. played their final of seven 30th Anniversary shows on Wednesday (12/9) at Bowery Ballroom, playing their debut album Dinosaur in full and then returning for a guest-filled second set that played a bit like a Greatest Guests of The Week, with a few new additions. In bullet points:

- Fellow Massachusetts indie rocker Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads) -- who played Knitting Factory on Tuesday -- was the only special guest during the Dinosaur set, singing on "Cat in a Bowl."

- J Mascis said they didn't know what they were doing when they made Dinosaur, just throwing ideas against the wall. He thanked Gerard Cosloy (who ran Homestead back then, and is now of Matador Records and was in attendance) for putting it out.

- The first guests of the second set were Roddy Bottum (Imperial Teen / Faith No More) and Lynn Truell (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness/Imperial Teen) who came out for "Start Choppin'."

- Kurt Vile made his third appearance of #Dino30, again performing "Crumble." Lou Barlow told a story, on behalf of Kurt, about Kurt listening to 2007's Beyond for the first time while driving and getting sideswiped while "Crumble" was playing.

- Stephen McBean from Black Mountain sang and played guitar on "Raisans" from Bug -- he's a good fit with Dinosaur Jr and this sounded excellent.

- Winning best attendance for #Dino30 was Lee Ranaldo making his fourth onstage performance, tonight coming out for "Little Fury Things."

- Kevin Shields was back again for a much better go at My Bloody Valentine's "Thorn" -- they nailed it tonight. Afterwards, Lou Barlow (who sang lead) told the crowd it was his favorite MBV song, recalling the first time he heard the song, a club in Brighton, England. Footnote: Kurt Vile housed a slice of pizza while watching from behind Lou's amps.

- Negative Approach came out for two of their songs ("Can't Tell No One" and "Nothing"), with J moving to the second drum kit.

- Negative Approach stuck around for Set 2 closer "Don't" which John Brannon shared lead screaming with Kim Gordon (who sang the song at night 1). Kevin Shields came back out too. Highlight of the night?

- Like the previous six shows, "Cortez the Killer" finished off the night. Lou said they shoulda done "Jingle Bells." Lee Ranaldo and Stephen McBean shared lead vocals, and Shields, Vile, Gordon and more were on stage for it too. Much tighter than last night, shorter too (I think).

- Today (Thursday, December 10) is J. Mascis' 50th birthday. Happy birthday, J!

- Henry Rollins' introduction was similar in theme to Monday's, with different anecdotes, tonight sharing a story about going to see Bad Brains back in the day. He also called everyone in attendance "wonderful parasites" and to keep spreading the love.

Setlist from the final Dinosaur Jr. 30th Anniversary show at Bowery Ballroom, plus more instagram pics and videos, below...

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Pink Mountaintops

Pink Mountaintops, the Vancouver collective led by Stephen McBean (also of Black Mountain) will be going on a short North American tour this December which kicks off in NYC on December 4 at Cake Shop and December 5 at Union Pool, the latter of which is with The Loom. No other acts have been announced for the Cake Shop date yet. No word on what the band's lineup will be for this show, but the facebook event promises "Drum machine. Electric guitar. Fuzz pedal. Good times!" All tour dates are listed below.

Pink Mountaintops' most recent album is 2009's Outside Love, which was released via Jagjaguwar. Stephen McBean recently took part in the second annual Wild Unknown Forest Party in upstate New York over the summer, where he performed "Closer to Heaven" from Outside Love, which you can watch a video of below.

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