Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Dinosaur Jr reunite

J. Mascis and Lou Barlow will reunite for to play the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, then follow it with a tour in the UK. Can peace in the Middle East be far behind?

Dinosaur formed 20 years ago with Mascis, Barlow and Murph on drums. Together for only three releases (Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me, and Bug) tensions between Mascis and Barlow reached a fever pitch, and, as documented in Michael Azzerad's great book "Our Band Could Be Your Life," they attemped to beat each other senseless during a show using their respective instruments. Mascis booted Barlow from the band following the Bug recording sessions, citing the latter's "excessive social ineptitude."

Barlow went on to write some pretty pointed lyrics about J. with his new incarnation Sebadoh. Case in point, "The Freed Pig":
With no sick people tugging on your sleeve, Your big head has that "'more room to grow'
Lou and Sebadoh went on to have a longer shelf life, and now he's making the scene again with a solo record Emoh. Meanwhile, Dinosaur Jr kind of petered out after a couple good albums. Let's hope that if (and when) they break-up again they go on to release as many indie rock classics as they did in that four year period following the last break-up (Sebadoh with III, Smash Your Head On The Punk Rock, Bubble & Scrape and Harmacy; Dinosaur Jr. with Green Mind and Where You Been.)

Why is Lou doing it? Here's his take from an interview in January with Now Toronto:
I know J's manager has been making calls about a reunion, because he spoke to my wife and she volunteered me. We've got a baby on the way, so it seems wise to take any opportunity for some extra income.
So there you have it... having a baby on the way can make you swallow a lot of pride. I completely understand.

Here's a playlist of Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh songs to tide us over until then.

1 comment:

drake leLane said...

Dinosaur reunion
"The Wagon" - Dinosaur Jr
"Brand New Love" - Sebadoh
"Feel The Pain" - Dinosaur Jr
"License To Confuse" - Sebadoh
"Say the word" - J Mascis and The Fog
"Free To Go" - The Folk Implosion
"Whatever's Cool With Me" - Dinosaur Jr
"Soul And Fire" - Sebadoh
"Start Choppin" - Dinosaur Jr
"Weird (Album Version)" - Sebadoh
"Keep The Glove - (live)" - Dinosaur Jr
"It's So Hard To Fall In Love (demo)" - Sebadoh
"Thumb" - Dinosaur Jr
"New Worship" - Sebadoh
"Get Me" - Dinosaur Jr