Dinosaur Jr covered My Bloody Valentine’s “Thorn” w/ Kevin Shields at Bowery Ballroom (video, setlist) ++ Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Mike Watt & more
by Bill Pearis
Dinosaur Jr. with Kevin Shields / Sharon Van Etten / Kurt Vile / Mike Watt
Dinosaur Jr. pulled out some big guns for their penultimate show of their seven-night 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom. Most notably: Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine who came out to play guitar on a cover of MBV's "Thorn" which Lou Barlow, clearly insanely psyched, sang lead. "This went great at rehearsal," Lou said after a false start. It went pretty good at the show, too. They are old friends: My Bloody Valentine played one of their first U.S. shows with Dinosaur Jr, and then they toured together on the 1992 Loveless trek. Video of "Thorn" is below.
Night 6 was pretty star-studded overall. The second set, which followed DinoJr playing their debut album in full, started with an introduction by legendary pro skater Tony Hawk and was followed by an improvised jam featuring comedian Eugene "Theremirman" Mirman on theremin. He didn't seem like he knew what he was doing, but was having a good time. The rest of the guests:
- Sharon Van Etten, wearing a t-shirt that had "Peyote" in the style of an old Pepsi logo, came out for "Get Me." She seemed a little sheepish, but it was great.
- Kurt Vile made his second appearance of the run, again doing "Crumble." He spent most of the show at the side of the stage, bobbing his head.
- Right after Kevin Shields, Mike Watt came out to end the main set with covers of The Stooges' "TV Eye" and "Funhouse," both of which were awesome, maybe the emotional highpoint of the night.
- Kyle Spence, who plays with J. Mascis & the Fog, played on Bones, the first real song of the set.
- Dinosaur Jr superfan Lee Ranaldo didn't perform tonight, but watched most of the show from the side of the stage.
- Tonight's encore take on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" featured Shields and Vile, ran 10 minutes and was a bit of a mess. Vile had guitar issues, swapped out like three times. It seemed like he was going to sing lead, but then Lou took over and did an admirable job. Video is below.
- I was at Deerhunter beforehand and got there just in time for the second set. What did I miss?
One show left. What could they have in store for the finale? More Instagrams and videos from night 6 of Dinosaur Jr's seven-show run, below...
"Cortez the Killer"
SETLIST: Dinosaur Jr @ Bowery Ballroom 12/8/2015
Set 1 ("Dinosaur" album in its entirety):
Forget the Swan
Cats in a Bowl
Does It Float
Theramin (w/ Eugene Mirman)
Bones (w/ Kyle Spence)
Get Me (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
Feel the Pain
Crumble (w/ Kurt Vile)
Torn (w/ Kevin Shields)
TV Eye (w/ Mike Watt)
Funhouse (w/ Mike Watt)
Cortez the Killer (w/ Kevin Shields, Kurt Vile, and Kyle Spence)