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J Mascis

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  • Born: Amherst, MA
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: jmascis.com
  • Recent Activity: 12.06.16 RT @pitchfork: .@JMascis cracked jokes about Donald Trump, self-driving cars, and Mrs. Doubtfire on his way to @Midnight victory https://t.…
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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, Massachusetts, 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, as well as several skydiving experiences, that inspired much of the music he started writing for his follow-up. 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, and in 2005, after Merge Records reissued the first three Dinosaur Jr. albums, the original lineup of Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph reunited for a tour. The tour went well enough that Dinosaur Jr. became a going concern again, returning to the studio to record a new album, 2007's Beyond. Meanwhile, Mascis also continued his solo career, releasing three solo acoustic-based albums: 2005's J + Friends Sing + Chant for Amma, 2011's Several Shades of Why, and 2014's Tied to a Star.

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 »

Activity

  • 12.06.16 RT @pitchfork: .@JMascis cracked jokes about Donald Trump, self-driving cars, and Mrs. Doubtfire on his way to @Midnight victory https://t.…
  • 12.06.16 RT @midnight: Rock out with an electric panel of Dave Hill, J Mascis, & Steve Agee! 1130PM on Comedy Central! https://t.co/xbfPfO3Q62
  • 12.06.16 RT @malynda: @elysebarr @boredintellect Elf and Humpty, equally terrifying. Which is why @jmascis on a shelf is our tradition. https://t.co…
  • 12.06.16 Tonight at 11:30pm I'll be on @midnight w/ @hardwick, @mrdavehill & @steveagee. See who will win the internet!
  • 12.02.16 RT @dinosaurjr: Don't miss Dinosaur Jr. on @TeamCoco next Tuesday Dec 6 - set your DVR, or get tix for taping at https://t.co/f7iZC9l2uw
  • 12.02.16 Get free audience tix to see me tape @midnight with @hardwick, @mrdavehill and @steveagee in LA this Mon Dec 5: https://t.co/8Af8tgIB58
  • 12.02.16 RT @RealJohnBrannon: Check it out Dinosour Jr / Easy Action gig NYC cool shit !!! @jmascis https://t.co/6Z1YtoYxe0
  • 12.02.16 RT @julito71: hey Santa i've been pretty good...all i want is a vid of @buffalotomband and @jmascis palying Tugboat in Boston
  • 11.22.16 RT @1iota: Come see @steveagee, @mrdavehill & @jmascis on @Midnight! Strong lineup! Reserve your tix: https://t.co/OJIhYKulXZ https://t.co/…
  • 11.14.16 RT @reverbdotcom: J Mascis and Lou Barlow of @dinosaurjr stopped by to share some of their tone secrets—watch: https://t.co/bGdOaL70NN
  • 11.04.16 RT @ernieball: Influential guitar icon & Ernie Ball artist @jmascis of @dinosaurjr joins us for a new installment of #StringTheory: https:/…
  • 10.24.16 RT @radioeins: Von 21-22 Uhr übernimmt @jmascis von @dinosaurjr radioeins. Berlin wird eine große Rolle spielen. Playlist & Sendung:https:/…