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J Mascis

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  • Born: Amherst, MA
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: jmascis.com
  • Recent Activity: 08.27.14 RT @subpop: It's @jmascis week on @subpop radio at @TuneIn! Get an exclusive listen to the new album "Tied to a Star" at 6pmPT: http://t.co…
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Best known as the remote frontman of the influential indie trio Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis has also been an occasional producer and film composer. Born December 10, 1965 in Amherst, MA, he first emerged as a member of the hardcore unit Deep Wound, founding Dinosaur in 1984. Over the course of acclaimed LPs like 1987's You're Living All Over Me and 1988's Bug, the group emerged among the most highly regarded in alternative rock, with Mascis' creaky, Neil Young-like vocals and monolithic guitar leads becoming primary influences on the burgeoning grunge movement. The group temporarily disbanded in 1989, largely to allow the legendarily non-communicative singer the opportunity to dismiss bassist Lou Barlow, who went on to form Sebadoh; in the meantime, Mascis sat in on drums with a series of bands, among them the Velvet Monkeys and GobbleHoof, even producing the latter's eponymous 1990 LP. Upon re-forming Dinosaur Jr. in 1991, he scored Allison Anders' independent film Gas Food Lodging a year later, making a cameo appearance in the picture itself; he and Anders became regular collaborators in the years to follow, most notably on her feature Grace of My Heart. Mascis also produced records for pals including fIREHOSE (Mr. Machinery Operator) and Tad (Inhaler), and in 1996 issued his solo debut Martin + Me.

After 1997's Hand It Over, Dinosaur Jr. disbanded. Keeping on with his personal musical eclecticism, J Mascis and his new outfit, the Fog, issued More Light in fall 2000. Featuring appearances from avant-garde guitarist Kevin Shields and Guided by Voices vocalist Bob Pollard, the record was a fine return to form that excited Dinosaur Jr. fans who had been disappointed with his acoustic record. A tour with Elf Power followed, featuring longtime friend Mike Watt on bass and Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton at several tour dates. It was his riff-heavy jams with Asheton and Watt that inspired much of the music he started writing for his follow-up, as well as several skydiving experiences. When he stepped back into the studio, he kept the guest appearances down to a minimum and recorded Feel So Free for a 2002 release. Over the course of the next ten years, Mascis devoted a good share of his time to drums, performing in Witch, Sweet Apple, and Upsidedown Cross. Meanwhile, he released two solo, acoustic-based albums, 2005’s J + Friends Sing + Chant for Amma and 2011’s Several Shades of Why.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
09.24.14 The Outer Space Hamden, CT US
09.25.14 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA US
09.26.14 Ottobar Baltimore, MD US
09.27.14 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC US
09.28.14 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC US
09.30.14 Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL US
10.01.14 Exit In Nashville, TN US
10.02.14 40 Watt Club Athens, GA US
10.03.14 Terminal West Atlanta, GA US
10.04.14 Zanzabar Louisville, KY US

eMusic Features

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Icon: Dinosaur Jr.

By Jess Harvell, Contributor

If things had gone differently, J. Mascis might be a death metal god. Mascis's early '80s hardcore band, Deep Wound, recorded only one demo and one 7-inch single, but they were so fast, so bracingly violent, that they've become holy objects among fans of extreme metal. Instead, Mascis found a guitar, formed Dinosaur Jr., discovered he was a natural tunesmith; he brought old-school virtuosity into punk and helped create what we now call indie. Not… more »

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Icon: Dinosaur Jr.

By Jess Harvell, Contributor

If things had gone differently, J. Mascis might be a death metal god. Mascis's early '80s hardcore band, Deep Wound, recorded only one demo and one 7-inch single, but they were so fast, so bracingly violent, that they've become holy objects among fans of extreme metal. Instead, Mascis found a guitar, formed Dinosaur Jr., discovered he was a natural tunesmith; he brought old-school virtuosity into punk and helped create what we now call indie. Not… more »

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Behold the Shoes: A Brief History of Shoegaze

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

No, it's not a great name: "shoegazing." Very few artists who've actually played in that style like the term; Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai has called it "a dumb term made up by clueless... idiots... if someone called us shoegazers, I'd be pretty unhappy." The other leading candidate seems to be "dreampop," which is also not quite satisfactory. But we're stuck with those words, because it's undeniable that there's a certain tendency in rock music, especially British… more »

Video from YouTube

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Activity

  • 08.27.14 RT @subpop: It's @jmascis week on @subpop radio at @TuneIn! Get an exclusive listen to the new album "Tied to a Star" at 6pmPT: http://t.co…
  • 08.27.14 RT @tunein: .@subpop records presents @jmascis' new album "Tied to a Star" on Sub Pop Radio! Listen live: http://t.co/MzdCzSUNex http://t.c…
  • 08.27.14 RT @funnyordie: In 1974, a cult led by @JMascis disappeared. This footage w Fred Armisen helps explain things: http://t.co/PDzQRvps56 http:…
  • 08.26.14 What Else Is News: Tied To A Star Out Now - “Tied to a Star” is out today in the US, UK and France, an... http://t.co/P2XuebYOZj
  • 08.25.14 RT @TEAMMUSICSAVES: THIS WEEK, purchase the new @JMascis at MUSIC SAVES, and you'll be entered-to-win one of THREE @DinosaurJr @ProJec http…
  • 08.25.14 RT @subpop: 'Tied to a Star', the brilliant new record from @JMascis, is now available wherever fine records are… http://t.co/Vqo9yDozgK
  • 08.25.14 RT @MainStreetMusic: Stop by and Enter for your chance to win a custom @jmascis Pro-Ject Turntable!! "Tied To A Star" out tomorrow!! http:/…
  • 08.25.14 RT @BBC6Music: #NowPlaying Better Plane by @jmascis of @dinosaurjr Album Of The Day: Tied To A Star on @BBCRadMac http://t.co/Twh0D2nj9i
  • 08.21.14 RT @amoebamusic: #ThrowbackThursday: Check out this "What's In My Bag?" episode with @jmascis at Amoeba Hollywood back in 2009! #TBT http:…
  • 08.21.14 RT @CMJ: Pink Mountaintops @pinkmtps has premiered the video for one of the album’s standout tracks, Shakedown, ft. @jmascis: http://t.co/Q…
  • 08.19.14 What Else Is News: Stream “Tied To A Star” Before Next Week’s Release! http://t.co/PJo7UPEA0Z
  • 08.18.14 Stream "Tied to a Star" before it comes out next week from @nprmusic: http://t.co/nm11NsTUru