Source: So J Mascis, main dude from Dinosaur Jr (for those of you who live under a rock) has a new solo album out today called Tied to a Star. I am always looking for good reasons to wear a shirt on this blog but this one hits on so many levels for me.
A: I clearly love Dinosaur Jr. - they have been a big influence on me since my 20’s, no brainer.
B: It’s on Sub Pop. I’ve made my feelings clear here about labels, i don’t love them all that much; I have worked with a lot and Sub Pop is one that is consistently great. Great people, great art, and great artists. I am always happy to support a label like this.
C: I can distinctly remember the first solo J Mascis album he put out, Martin & Me (PS: Sub Pop, wouldn’t hurt if you re-issued this)
I’m fairly confident it wasn’t a hit back then, probably went over way too many heads, but it was a clear indicator that his “acoustic music” had way more power and drive than most rock bands. It did these loud Dinosaur Jr songs justice and that was not easy. AND, full disclosure, there is one of the best Smiths covers of “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” that really sold me on this album. If this album was a baseball game and it was J Mascis in the lead 101-98, the cover of “Boy” was the audio version of J doing a 3 point fade away at the buzzer with double team coverage. BOOM goes the dynamite!
D: And most importantly, J, i think, does some of his best music on these solo records. His last album Several Shades of Why was so fucking good. I’m amazed he can hold back these great songs like “Several Shades of Why” and “Too Deep” and not make them Dinosaur Jr songs (PS note to J I would love to hear Dinosaur Jr version of a J Mascis album..just saying). This new album is even better than the last and I’d venture to say it’s the best thing he has done solo ever. Yeah i said it, but i really do believe it. It has a lil Cat Power cameo too, and i know he did it live so i am guessing there is a recorded version of it too, but he does a great Mazzy Star Fade Into You cover.
My point is, if you are reading this blog then i would say chances are you are a Dinosaur Jr Fan already, so going out and buying this album and supporting a guy who has been making great music for punk rock for many many years should be easy for you. I tell you what , skip buying that dumb app you will never use and go to www.subpop.com and support two entities that have been giving you great shit for over 2 decades. FUCK - it is asinine that i have to point out how much of a no brainier this should be really. Get the Loser vinyl (if it’s not sold out), the shirt, and let places like Sub Pop and J Mascis know that you do care and it DOES matter when they do something. If not you might as well turn on your radio station and listen to the garbage that they have been playing. The same dog every hour. I dunno, if you don’t support you might as well get a bumper sticker that says I’d rather be Twerking. Or the Twerk store called and they are out of you.
Source: im not ashamed to admit it. i never listened to Mudhoney that much as a kid. I’m mean i listened to it but i didn’t hear it.
I had records and listened to them, but much like the White Men Cant Jump scene i felt like i wasn’t HEARING Mudhoney. i say that because when i listen to them now i enjoy it way more. i find parts in it that are so iconic and sound masterful i can’t believe i didn’t notice them before. It just goes to show that you can always return to music that you know is good but didn’t either gel with or appreciate as much as you could’ve.
Source: i don’t have to state the obv here about what a game changer album this is. i was a fan of Bleach when it came out, a friend of mine turned me onto it and i enjoyed it. when this album came out i instantly repelled away from it. the punk rock kid in me didn’t want any part of what was a massive general population favorite. thats just who i was, i didn’t want to be part of something that was so popular. when your mom knows who the band is that is a good litmus test to prove my point. so for the longest time i didn’t enjoy this album. its not like i had to own it to because it was fucking being played everywhere. you couldn’t escape it. It wasn’t until In Utero came out and Steve Albini was involved that i gave in and went back. but still at this point i only barely went back. In Utero still remains to be my favorite album to this day. the real clincher for me for this band was the MTV unplugged session. it wasn’t until that point that all these songs kinda fell into place for me and i was able to enjoy them on a an entirely different plane. the Meat Puppets covers didn’t hurt either. Then i went back to this album, soaked in all the singles and b-sides and really was able to enjoy it at this point.
Was i late to the party? sure. do you always have to be on time? fuck no! sometimes albums are like Brussel Sprouts. unless you are ready to enjoy them, your mind will truly never let you get 100% out of them. and how they are presented to you as well will also change your perspective. you can have them frozen, over cooked and bland (how i view the radio and when it goes popular and broad spectrum)
Or you can have them made for you by a chef who taste you love and respect and everything they make for you is amazing. they could cook a human arm and i would think it was delicious. this is what i would compare to as the curated album delivery.
they look and smell so much better. your mind is already open to the idea. you are faster to receive it and more limey to enjoy it right off the bat.
I fucking hated brussel sprouts it should be noted. but later in life i had them served to me when i had a more open mind and was more receptive. had these been served to me when i was 18 who knows if i would have appreciated them as much. might have changed the way i ate for the rest of my life. Or i might have just written them off and forgot about it.
I ramble i know, but I’m saying ghee dis don’t fucking be in a rush to enjoy bands cause you think you should, cause other people are. i often have a list of bands that id like to discover but i wanna do it when i am ready. sometimes i will submerge myself in a bands catalog and listen for months (this is usually how shirts like Big Black get made). so enjoy stuff when you want to, not because you think you should. and don’t be scared to go back and re-enjoy something because you dint get it the first time, i think you will find it surprising.
Source: A long long time ago, wow 10 years ago exactly i would discover this song by Fluf (also formerly Olivelawn) who put out what i think was a compilation of Singles or b-Sides or something. there was a really beautiful song on there i loved called “Entire.” I never thought anything else much of it other than damn thats a really good song. i listened to the shit out of it a lot. I’ve posted it below cause i can’t find it anywhere
So a decade later a friend would send me a bunch of much and i kept repeating this one song. I was thinking how do i know this, i mean i know it but i have never heard it before. turned out rafter some searching it was this Fluf song, only it was Fluf who covered it a decade ago unbeknownst to me. so a decade later i get to fall in love with it all over again with a whole new set of ears. Its the same song, but in an tiredly beautiful different way. I love it.
it really is the thing i love about music and how it can be interpreted, relearned and re-loved over and over again. listen to the original below.
Source: I am going to see the shit out of this band this week. super stoked on the fyffest great co-headline tour with Cloud Nothings. its nice when two bands you really appreciate play together. Metz is one of the more powerful live bands out there that play with some great energy and sound. they really pack a punch. i know this sounds like an advertisement for the show, but i assure you its not. its just two of my fave current bands colliding together and its nice to look forward to a show for a change. and it also serves as a reminder to those of you that said hmmm i might go and forgot it is tomorrow and wed. so go get some. oh and bring ear plugs.
Source: Once upon a time i was really obsessed with Sam Beam and his Iron And Wine project. it was so good, so minimally perfect, his voice was golden and really could reduce anyones anxiety down a few notches. He really could do no wrong. then like a lot of musicians either got bored or got weirder influences and started adding a lot of things to his music. he left Sub Pop (i feel like aside from Nirvana, Soundgardedn and maybe one or two others its never really worked out for any band) and signed to Warner Brothers. there you get more money, you can have bigger production, more studio musicians, more time to write and over think. and it just lost the warmth that the Sub Pop albums had. Some how Sub Pop always seems to get bands as they are peaking then they get sold away and go downhill from there. Case in point Band Of Horses and the Shins. both had epic success and great albums on Sub Pop then after signing to a major the magus seemed to have disappeared. bands also falling apart could have led to that demise as well. both bands had major line up changes as well.
I guess my point being is that maybe there is something to be said for a small budget short timelines. it forces you to make the best of your circumstances. i mean many of my favorite Minutemen and Husker Du albums were recorded in 3-4 Days with little money you know. it really captures what that band is like at that particular time. its honest in a lot of ways.
Maybe Iron and Wine isn’t the same band anymore, you know? people get married , have kids, get money, people die, perspectives change. so maybe you just have to enjoy things more in the moment. who knows. what i do know is that “Our Endless Numbered Days” if an epic record. I’m really happy that it was captured and put out to go in to the history books.
Source: today the lineup for fyffest was announced. stoked to see MCD on there and plenty of other bands i love and have written about on here. really excited to see Slint. that documentary by Lance Bangs ruled, go see it. Phoenix, Slowdive, Against Me!, Joyce Manor, Blood Brothers, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Built to Spill, and new favorites Twin Peaks.
Source: nothing particular to say here other that i am fuckign floored for the upcoming Cloud Nothings / Metz show that fyffest is putting on in July. it can”t come soon enough. i only wish these dudes would work on a co-tour shirt together. that would be tha shit.
Day: 1015 Shirt: Dinosaur Jr. - Cow / Gorilla Color: Maroon Brand: American Standard
Source: a rare maroon version of this shirt. i think it was for the beg of the reunion tour…i can’t totally remember tho. but i love this shirt design so much i would buy it in every color of the rainbow.