"Weird Al" Yankovic channels the Pixies in “First World Problems.”
J Mascis covers Edie Brickell’s “Circle of Friends” (2012).
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The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus interviews Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis for Under the Radar
|Norman Reedus:||Hey, I wanted to ask you about your meditation process, and I know you have a guru that you work with. I was talking to Kim Gordon, and I was saying, "Hey, I know you know J. What are some good questions I can ask him? I'm a big fan of his." And she brought up your guru, which I find really fascinating.|
|J Mascis:||Oh, yeah. I haven't meditated too much since I had a kid. That has taken a lot of my spare time. But, yeah, I still go see [Mata Amritanandamayi, aka Amma] and she just had a 60th birthday—a big thing in India that I went and played at. That was cool. There were all these different musicians and dance troupes who are big in India, so it was really interesting to see that. I had to follow this circus act where a guy had a pot on his head and he was blindfolded, and he had a machete and he chopped a coconut in half that was sitting on some other guy's head. So that was kind of hard to follow.|
|Reedus:||That is awesome! [Laughs] The other guy had a coconut on his neck and he took the machete and cut the coconut?|
|Mascis:||Yeah, the blindfolded guy chopped the coconut in half while it was sitting on the other guy's neck. And he chopped some other stuff, some other fruits that were near his genital region. They did a lot of crazy stuff. That was a weird act to follow.|
|Reedus:||And then what? You just plugged in and played?|
|Mascis:||Yeah. I have a few friends who are also into Amma—a drummer from L.A., Herb [Graham, Jr.], and this guy [Mikko von Hertzen], who is actually a rock star in Finland, he played bass. I was surprised that they had a Marshall [amplifier] in India, so they just cranked it up. And we were right next to Amma while she was hugging people. That's her main thing. She hugs people. So thousands of people line up, and she had already been up for 22 hours straight, doing this on her birthday. And then we plug in and starting blasting away a few feet from her head. It was kind of weird, but she seemed into it.|
I don’t think [Sonic Youth’s] music had any commercial appeal whatsoever; I mean, maybe a little bit. But Dirty didn’t have [Nirvana’s] simplicity of pronouncement, and it didn’t have the magic that was coming out of Kurt’s throat. That was really what it was; if there had been any other singer in that band, we wouldn’t be talking about them now. It was complete magic, it was beautiful.
Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, speaking at the Liverpool Sound City festival
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