We're not sure where we first heard the phrase "J. R. R. Tokin'" to refer to stoners who also love fantasy, but never has it seemed more appropriate than when looking at the cover art for the new Dinosaur Jr. album, Farm.
But that's not important right now. What is important is that we can now hear two new songs from Farm, and, as of today, we can download one of those songs, "I Want You To Know," from either the band's site or Jagjaguwar's official site. And it is quite awesome. 2007's Beyond, the band's first album with its "classic" lineup (J. Mascis on guitar and lead vocals, Lou Barlow on bass, and Murph on drums) intact since the 1980s, was pretty great, but this song seems even better still; it's a bit more in Mascis's heavy-yet-mellow wheelhouse (again, see above artwork) than tracks like "Been There All the Time," and Mascis's falsetto overdub gets a nice showcase. What I find most interesting, though, as someone who thought that the band's post-Barlovian output was, though not as good as the older stuff, quite good in its own right, is that this new song - scorching, slow, and melodic - sounds like something from Where You Been, the second album Mascis recorded without Barlow. Check another new song, "I Don't Want To Go There," which debuted on Pitchfork.TV, as well as Where You Been's "Out There," after the jump.
LISTEN: Dinosaur Jr., "I Want You To Know" (mp3)