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Dinosaur Jr have just released a new live album, Emptiness at The Sinclair. It was recorded at Boston’s The Sinclair for a livestream show back in May that, as the title suggests, had them playing to largely empty room. “Playing for a livestream is like pushing a rock up a hill trying to recreate the vibe of a real show,” says Lou Barlow. “The isolation of the last year had made me nervous about performing again, especially in the context of Dinosaur Jr. where I typically rely on the energy of our crowd. Playing to an invisible audience and a real-time sparsely populated room of people doing their jobs (running lights, sound and staring at screens) was something different and, again, weird.”

Lou continues, “Despite all my lockdown doubts once we started playing things clicked. My mind didn’t hijack me and it quickly began to feel like a real show. Having a few decent gigs on the Sinclair stage before, it began to feel familiar and, for lack of a better word, friendly. It will be much more of a relief to get back on tour but, this Sinclair show was a good band-aid, so to speak.“

Emptiness at The Sinclair” has J, Lou and Murph ripping through songs from throughout their catalogue, including classics like “Freak Scene,” “Feel the Pain,” and their cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” to songs from this year’s great Sweep it Into Space.

You can pick up “Sweep it Into Space” on translucent purple vinyl, and “Hand it Over” on deluxe 2-LP purple vinyl, along with other Dinosaur Jr vinyl,

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Dinosaur Jr. have shared a new single and music video, “Garden.” The track was written by co-founder and bassist Lou Barlow, and it marks the second single off their forthcoming record “Sweep It Into Space”. The new video was shot in Western Massachusetts. It was directed by Lou and Adelle Barlow, with John Maloney contributing illustrations and Chloe Hemingway providing animation.

“Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened,” Lou Barlow says of the track. “It began as a bitter lamentation but as I was finishing the lyrics, singing over the instrumental version of the song while driving to J’s through the miles of farmland that separate his studio in Amherst and my home in Greenfield (Massachusetts), I saw a sign on a shed: Back to the Garden. I was looking for a resolution, where do we go when faced with such dramatic confusion? Back to basics, back home, back to the garden.”

The single is a wash of colliding influences as ’60s Brit-pop tones give way to Barlow’s ’00s alt-rock delivery. Aesthetically, a certain attitude of apathy coalesces with the paradoxical image of the band exploring a snow-capped garden in Western Massachusetts. The video also features shots of a scenic bend in the Connecticut River, which Barlow noted isn’t far from the site of the first-ever Dinosaur Jr. music video, “Little Furry Things”. In addition to the live-action shots of the band, the “Garden” video also hosts artwork by the band’s tour manager John Moloney, who routinely sketches caricatures of the band.

Dinosaur Jr.’s new record is due out April. 23rd.

Recorded at Stockholm’s legendary Vattenfestival, or Water Festival, during a European tour, ‘Swedish Fist’ captures Dinosaur Jr on ear-bleeding form, months before the group disbanded and undertook an eight year hiatus.

Performing material from across their career, including the classic ‘Freakscene’ and long-term live favourite ‘Sludgefeast’, this is a group doing what they do best – playing loud and hard in front of an enthusiastic audience.“Swedish Fist” will be available exclusively on Record Store Day 2020 and pressed in limited quantities on marbled chocolate coloured vinyl.

Today would have been Record Store Day, and though the event has been postponed and stores are not open you can still visit many of your favorite indie stores and support them online! When the rescheduled Record Store Day does come around, look for “Swedish Fist” from Dinosaur Jr. and Cherry Red Records,


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Alt-rock icon and Dinosaur Jr. mastermind J Mascis performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he performed a pair of songs.Joined by the show’s bandleader Fred Armisen on bass, Mascis powered through his “Every Morning” single, as well as his cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade into You.”

Mascis performed “Every Morning” Fred Armisen on bass, Mark Mulcahy on keys, Graham Clise on guitar, and Kyle Spence on drums.

Touring in support of 2018’s acclaimed Elastic Days, Mascis’ solo career sees him set aside the ultra-volume Dinosaur Jr are famed for to create what Pitchfork describe as “perfectly refined folk-rock”.

Reminiscent of the bittersweet melodicism of Neil Young and Tom Petty and the hypnotic guitar motifs of Kurt Vile, Elastic Days is predominately acoustic, giving ample space to J’s voice and songwriting skills. 
With a long-standing reputation as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, the up and close and personal gigs see Mascis performing entirely solo, showcasing his recent work along with a smattering of classic Dinosaur Jr cuts.

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Dinosaur Jr.  have shared a brand-new track titled “Hold Unknown” for Adult Swim’s Singles Program.

The track is the band’s first new music since their critically acclaimed 2016 album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, their 11th studio album. On “Hold Unknown,” frontman J Mascis sings with his typical baritone growl alongside an unfiltered, pedal-to-the-metal sound marked by hurried, melodic guitars and driving percussion.

Artists that have previously contributed to Adult Swim’s Singles Program include Julia Holter, Code Orange, Brian Eno, Kevin Shields, Wavves, Ghostface Killah and more.

UK Tour is just over a month away!
March 21 – SWX Bristol
March 22 – SUB89 : Reading
March 23 – Roundhouse – London
March 24 – The Albert Hall – Manchester
March 26 – Plug – Sheffield
March 27 – Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen- Leeds 

J Mascis from Dinosaur Jnr dropped by the Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room to play and talk about the genesis of his musical career.

When J Mascis isn’t performing excellent Mazzy Star covers like the song ” Fade Into You”   or the Cure covers
The Dinosaur Jr. guitarist recently chatted with Nic Harcourt in Los Angeles about his early days as a frustrated guitar player and the meaning behind the classic Dinosaur Jr. song “Get Me.” Mascis also crunched his way through an excellent stripped-down solo version of said track for At the Guitar Centerwhich, despite the absence of Barlow and Murph, still amplified the studio up to 11.
About the track (originally off of Dino’s 1993 LP “Where You Been” Mascis dug deep into the annals of his memory and casually stated that it’s about “voicing some disappointment, with some relationship, or something…”

The loudest guy in the world came to the Tiny Desk to perform some of his quietest music.

Dinosaur Jr.‘s J Mascis, for years a guy who’s turned my ears red, showed up armed with just an acoustic guitar. I even had an amp for that guitar all lined up, but he decided to not plug in.

So we get a rare treat: a low-key J Mascis, performing emotional songs from his new album “Tied To A Star”, as well as Dinosaur Jr.‘s classic “Little Fury Things.” If you think Mascis draws all his power from sheer volume, this ought to convince you otherwise.

Set List

  • “Stumble”
  • “Little Fury Things”
  • “Drifter/Heal The Star”