13 Sep 2014

J Mascis

From RNZ Music, 3:10 pm on 13 September 2014

jmascis Photo Credit Justin Lapriore
J Mascis / Photo by Justin Lapriore

Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis has been prolific in the last few years, tackling various film soundtracks, and releasing both solo material, and albums with those original bandmates Lou Barlow and Murph.

J Mascis famously referred to the guitar as a ‘wimpy instrument’ in an interview with Spin magazine in the late 90s, and said that it was only halfway bearable when the volume and distortion were cranked up.  His latest solo album Tied To A Star shows a softer side though, with some contemplative sections of acoustic finger-picking, and a heavy dose of buddhist philosophy.

J is a man of few words, but Kirsten Johnstone managed to extract some from him, from his kitchen in Massachusetts.

Hear a 2012 live session at Roundhead with Dinosaur Jr here

And hear Lou Barlow talk to Kirsten Johnstone about the unlikely reunion of Dinosaur Jr back in 2006 here


Artist: J Mascis
Songs: Wide Awake, Drifter, Heal The Star
Composer: Mascis
Album: Tied To A Star
Label: Sub Pop

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