It took nearly four years for Phoenix to follow their breakthrough album 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' with 'Entertainment,' the lead single off their forthcoming follow-up disc, 'Bankrupt!' By contrast, in the four weeks since the song's release, Dinosaur Jr. have managed to record and release their own version.
Dinosaur Jr. have unveiled yet another star-studded video for a tune off their latest album, 'I Bet On Sky.' This time around, in the band's 'Pierce the Morning Rain' clip, actor James Urbaniak ('Homeland,' 'American Splendor') portrays a family man obsessed with acquiring the most slamming car stereo possible. He appears alongside stand-up comedian Maria Bamford, who portrays his wife, and punk legend Henry Rollins, who plays some sort of slam-dancing, ass-kicking apparition that appears whenever they pump up the volume.
There's no reason to expect a historic show when you go to see a 30-year-old band. That's not really the way rock works – especially the punk and indie variations. If you don't burn out, you fade away, putting out records that weakly echo the blissfully heedless days (and charging $100 for bad seats) or slipping into retirement.
J Mascis, the frontman and only constant member of alternative heroes Dinosaur Jr., was almost a member of Nirvana. In a new interview, Mascis confirms long-believed rumors that Kurt Cobain asked him to be the band's second guitarist after a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, N.J, in the summer of 1989.
Dinosaur Jr. have unveiled a video for 'Watch the Corners,' a track off their forthcoming 'I Bet on Sky' album, which tentatively drops some time in late August. Helmed by the Director Brothers, the suburban slacker-themed clip features a sheltered teenaged girl who starts a job at a grocery store and inevitably ends up falling for the long-haired skater boy, who inevitably breaks her heart in return.
As previously reported, Fleetwood Mac are the subject of a tribute album, called ‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac,’ due out next month. A few tracks from the collection have been surfacing online, one of the latest being Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis' take on the instrumental Fleetwood Mac song 'Albatross,' which you can listen to by scrolling down.
For 30 years, the infamously mercurial J Mascis has been following his own musical path, confounding expectations (and alienating the occasional bandmate) along the way. This weekend (March 30 and 31), he'll take another left turn, temporarily stepping out from the reunited Dinosaur Jr. to play a couple of dates with his band the Fog -- in Alaska.