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J Mascis

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  • Born: Amherst, MA
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: jmascis.com
  • Recent Activity: 07.04.14 RT @nadamucho: RT @kexp: Just added: @subpop artist @jmascis will be LIVE on KEXP from @TheCuttingRoom NYC on 8/29! http://t.co/YZxpQ5xOpE…
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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


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 »


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 »

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