Here’s a good reason to catch the new episode of Portlandia airing on IFC tomorrow (not that you need one). J Mascis makes a cameo, complete with braids and an electric guitar in hand. He teams up with members of Dirty Projectors and Carrie Brownstein to compete in the “Battle of the Gentle Bands.” See J Mascis like you’ve never seen him before – quiet and unplugged! You can preview the new episode above!
Dinosaur Jr. starts their tour next Wednesday, January 30 at Glasgow’s Arches. You can see the full list of tour dates HERE.
What happens when you combine American suburbia, one heck of a stereo system and Henry Rollins? An awesome Dinosaur Jr. music video. Directed by Emmy-winny comedy writer and director Scott Jacobson (Bob’s Burgers, Saturday Night Live), “Pierce the Morning Rain” stars actor James Urbaniak (Homeland, The Venture Brothers) and comedian Maria Bamford as your average, middle-aged couple whose lives are transformed by playing Dinosaur Jr. as loudly as technology allows. You can watch the video at SPIN or above.
Here’s a welcomed sight! It’s a photo (courtesy of Ray Gordon) of J Mascis and Carrie Brownstein hanging out. Just a little preparation for the new Portlandia episode airing on Friday, January 25th.
Dinosaur Jr. took over New York City’s Terminal 5 on Saturday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their second studio album, You’re Living All Over Me. They were not alone in this endeavor; Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Johnny Marr, Kevin Drew, Frank Black, Tommy Stinson, Kurt Vile and Fred Armisen all took the stage at one point. For those who were not able to attend, we turn to the wonderful thing that is Youtube. Lots of showgoers captured live video – check out the clips in our playlist above.
Originally released in 1987 on SST Records, You’re Living All Over Me is now available at SC Distribution.
This is the sort of thing fans only dream about…until now. Earlier this summer, Fred Armisen and J. Mascis took to the streets of Portland for a very special interview. Fred (or Candice as millions of Portlandia fans have grown to know her) talks to Dinosaur Jr.’s frontman about the new album, I Bet On Sky. Watch the clip above.
The physical I Bet On Sky pre-order is now open to fans! Head to SC Distribution to check out all your options. The deluxe bundle includes a LP version of I Bet On Sky in gorgeous gatefold litho-wrapped jacket, CD version of the album in six-panel wallet, limited-edition 7″ featuring two brand-new, non-album tracks: “Now the Fall” and “Ricochet,” 17″ x 22″ glossy poster featuring artwork by Travis Millard and digital download code for the entire album, redeemable on September 4th.
Early Praise for I Bet On Sky
“It sounds like a record that they could have released 20 years ago… There aren’t many bands that were once really big that break up, get back together and find that original magic. It just doesn’t really happen very often, but this is a band that I think has found that original magic, and this is a great-sounding record.” – NPR’s All Songs Considered