Okay, so the photo is from Friday, but still. More photos here.
On Saturday night, J Mascis and Co. took the stage with unassuming glory, and after taking their sweet time dorking around with their instruments, Mascis resolved the unformed chaos of their initial soundcheck with a plaintive little piffle of a riff.
The best compliment I can give the Dinosaur Jr. reunion is that I no longer find its greatness unusual. After almost five years, it's no longer a surprise that they still sound this good, the way it was when I first saw them back in 2006. Rather than being a great post-reunion band, they're just a great band, no qualifier necessary.
As you can see above, this Sunday, the day Mission of Burma plays a free show at MIT with special-guest openers Eula, the city of Boston will honor the band by declaring "Mission of Burma Day." While it is pretty cool, it should be pointed out that this city has a bizarre habit of handing these things out like they were free samples of organic cookies.
Americana rockers CASSAVETTES, who differentiate themselves from this guy by spelling their name with two Ts, have been well-regarded in this town for some time now. They're about to drop a new album, though, that could well see them blow up in a big way - or at least, that's what this week's mp3, the short-but-catchy-as-fuck "Ordinary Girls," leads us to believe.
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)