DINOSAUR JR.

Here's what you do: Get them to sit down and say, "Listen. Just listen." Then you crank the Dino. I've been getting people to listen to Dinosaur (Jr.) for 25 years now. It used to be my job. In 1982, when we were in High School, I was the kid who couldn't play an instrument, so I booked the gigs. J told me where he thought it might be cool to play, and then I made the phone calls. Back then, the band was Deep Wound: J on drums, Lou on guitar, Scotty on bass, Charlie on vocals. Hardcore punk: fun, loud, fast as fuck. But I wasn't making people listen to the band then. For hardcore shows at The Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield or Gallery East in Boston, kids just got together and put on a show. Everyone pretty much knew what to expect. By 1984, Deep Wound had fizzled. The interim band, Mogo, was over after only one gig on the Amherst Common. It featured Charlie screaming "Fuck the cops!" before the plug was pulled, a total high-point in my personal catalog of rock-n-roll moments. Then came Dinosaur: Murph on drums, Lou moving to bass, and J bringing all his inner Moon and Bonham (Keith and John) to the guitar. And with Dinosaur came the tunes. The first cassette I had to take around to get gigs for Dinosaur was a raw but vital sketch of two tunes, "Forget the Swan" and "Cats in a Bowl," recorded in J's basement on a crappy old tape recorder. J and I were students at UMass but we spent a lot of time at Hampshire College, where the kids seemed hipper and more inclined to dig what Dinosaur was laying down. But this was not always the case. The guy I went to talk to for a slot on Hampshire's Spring Concert line-up, half-way through listening to "Forget the Swan," started talking about how great his own lame 60's retro-poseur band was. In the middle of "Forget the Swan"! I was incredulous. We did not get the gig, but the real disappointment was that this seemingly tuned-in guy didn't get it. Listen to the lead riff on "Forget the Swan" again. If you really listen, it will haunt you. This guy did not listen. And once you get it, you can't do without it. For me, Dinosaur's tunes are indispensable; they are songs that have been rattling around my head for as long as the band has been playing them. "Repulsion," from the first record, still knocks me out. The second record, "You're Living All Over Me," is an exception in that I can't listen to any one tune on that record without needing to listen to the whole damned thing. J once said that he writes songs that he himself would want to listen to, and he's got great taste. I never took the Cure seriously until I heard what these guys did with "Just Like Heaven," a monster of a cover that hits the level of what Hendrix did for Dylan with "All Along the Watchtower." When Brian at Bleemusic floated the original Dinosaur line-up reunion idea a few years ago, I was dubious. J, Lou, and Murph never had a "stable" marriage to begin with. But, of course, the tensions within their layered relationships as a band helped to make them so insanely powerful. Kids seeing the band on the YLAOM tour would come backstage after the show, dazed and transformed. It wasn't just the wall of J's Marshall-driven guitar or Lou and Murph locked in as tight as any bass/drum duo ever has been. It was vitality of the tunes themselves, delivered with emotion distilled to rock-bottom rock-n-roll essentials. After examining it from all angles, the guys decided the reunion thing was worth a try. The thawing out period was especially interesting. At one point I dug up photos from when we were kids, and now, as grownups sitting around at an Indian restaurant with spouses and houses and lives that are more-or-less "established," it felt comfortable and right. And then came the tunes again. "Beyond" was the rejoinder to the worry that Dino was merely flogging the back catalog as a reunion gimmick, and now here's "Farm." I've had this record for a week now, playing it constantly; it's pure Dino, great Dino. These tunes are now in my head for good, along with all their other tunes. This is what these guys do best, and they are really good at what they do. So do someone a favor: sit them down and say, "Listen." Then crank the Dino. Jon Fetler Hadley, MA 2009 Jon Fetler lives in Hadley with his four children and his wife, a girl he put on the guest list in Bedford, England, during the Bug tour of 1988. That same year, he was unanimously voted Worst Roadie of the Year by his fellow roadies in Rapeman and Band of Susans.

ALBUM RELEASE // Pink Mountaintops’ ‘Get Back’ Out Now, US Tour Starts Wednesday

Today we are excited to announce the worldwide release of Pink Mountaintops’ new album, Get Back. Stephen McBean cites influences for his latest release as “Alleys, curbs, walls, and cigarette-stained gig flyers. An island on the Pacific coast. Fake British towns. Slayer posters. The beauty of youth. It’s about listening to ‘Driver’s Seat’ and ‘Guns of Brixton’ and hotboxing The Duster.”

Joe Cardomone, known for his work with The Icarus Line, produced the new release. Get Back includes a wealth of talented Los Angeles musicians including J Mascis, Gregg Foreman, Daniel Allaire, Stephen Kille, and Rob Barbato. To finish up the record, Stephen called upon Randal Dunn who mixed it at Avast! Studios in Seattle and Howie Weinburg who mastered it in Laurel Canyon.

Listen to a preview of the new record above or on our Soundcloud here.

Read Interview Magazine‘s piece on Stephen where they interview him about leaving Vancouver for LA, the new album, and his early musical influences.

Get Back is available now via iTunes, SC Distribution, Amazon, and your local record store.

See what critics are saying about the new album:

“The record once again proves that rock is hard to define and often is whatever one wants it to be, at least as long as there’s a guitar, youthful spirit, and maybe a stage dive involved.”
- Popstache

“The Pink Mountaintops’ fourth long-player is dense, difficult, intoxicating, and bereft of a single dull moment.”
- AllMusic

“Stephen McBean is just one of those dudes, one of the many guys who inspires equal amounts of applause and jealousy because his projects always, in the truest sense of the word, rock.”
- Music OMH

Click read more to see tour dates for the band starting Wednesday night in Dallas.
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WATCH // J Mascis Performs On Saturday Night Live

No big deal. It’s just J Mascis, Kim Gordon, Steve Jones, Aimee Mann, Carrie Brownstein, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Ian Rubbish (Fred Armisen) all jamming out together for Armisen’s final taadahhh on Saturday Night Live. Go ahead, give it a watch above.

You can see J and the rest of the Dinosaur Jr. gang live on tour! They’re playing Primavera Sound Barcelona this Thursday with plenty of dates to follow, including an after-party at Governors Ball on June 7. Find the full list of shows and ticket links HERE.

J Mascis Turned Shoe Designer, PLUS Dinosaur Jr. Remix Phoenix

J Mascis has joined forces with Keep, a vegan footwear company, to create a custom shoe. It is purple, of course, and features an embroidered stripe patterned after J’s guitar strap. COOL! You can check out the shoe above. Head to KEEP to pre-order your own pair, which come complete with a 7″ picture disc that features a previously unreleased J Mascis track. A part of the proceeds will go to support Amma, the non-profit organization of Mata Amritandamayi.

In other awesome news, Dinosaur Jr. have remixed Phoenix’s new single, “Entertainment.” You can stream the track below!

TOUR ALERT // Dinosaur Jr. Announce West Coast Dates, J Mascis Teams Up With Sharon Van Etten for John Denver Tribute


Hallelujah! Dinosaur Jr. are bringing their live show to the West Coast! They’ve announced a handful of dates in between their Australian and European tours; included in the tour is a performance at Coachella! Check out all stops below.

J Mascis recently teamed up with Sharon Van Etten for a song on the new John Denver tribute album. Listen to “Prisoners” at Pitchfork.

 
West Coast Tour:
04/11/13 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
04/12/13 Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu
04/13/13 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
04/14/13 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/17/13 Pomona, CA- The Glass House w/ King Tuff
04/18/13 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
04/19/13 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
04/20/13 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
04/21/13 Indio, CA – Coachella

Pierce The Morning Rain by Dinosaur Jr.

Watch The Corners by Dinosaur Jr.

Over It by Dinosaur Jr.

I Want You To Know by Dinosaur Jr.

There are no shows at this time.

See all upcoming shows

US:
Steve Kaul
The Agency Group
stevekaul@theagencygroup.com

Europe:
William Morris Agency (London)
Russell Warby
RWarby@wmeentertainment.com

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