Artist: J Mascis (w/ Chan Marshall)
Song: Wide Awake
Album: Tied to a Star
Great album from J Mascis. I’ve always enjoyed Dinosaur Jr, still do, but J Mascis has put together an amazingly quieter album here, one that reveals something contemplative and thoughtful. But not too thoughtful, not overly introspective; even the track titles sound like scattered ideas, notions, not thoughts. nprmusic offers a great description and mini-review here, where you can listen to the new album this week.
When I lived in Northampton, Massachusetts I used to see J Mascis around town. He’s a resident (luminary) of the region. More than once (let’s call it a few dozen times) we were in the same cafe, more often than that we’d cross paths near the same cafe, and these wasn’t Dinosaur Jr music sorts of cafes – these were J Mascis hanging out with Cat Power sorts of cafes.
This album fits the way I saw one of the loudest most pummelling relics (fossils … get it … see what I did there?) of the 1990s. A bit less of the volume, all of the feeling.
…. As an aside: The album cover looks like an illustration from a fan fiction children’s book about the animals from the ice planet Hoth…