Dinosaur Jr., Nov. 4, 2009, Solana Beach, Calif.
Dinosaur Jr. sounds just as vital and intense as it did when it first formed 28 years ago. Hear the brawny rock trio play tracks from I Bet On Sky on World Cafe.
Photo: Brantley Gutierrez
"I feel like I could still go to prison for this." A brief excerpt from Vulture's Q&A with Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow
|Vulture:||Legend has it that eerie voices heard in the background on “Raisans” and “In a Jar” are from recordings you surreptitiously taped at a mental institution. How did that come about?|
|Lou Barlow:||It was a nursing home. I was working there as an orderly. Being older I’m like, What an asshole I was for doing that, but at the time I was making a lot of tape collages, and I’d record funny, weird stuff. There was a woman whose back was always itchy. I’d rub cream on it and she really loved it. And I recorded her responses. There was another guy who, when we put him into the bath, he screamed like he was dying, so I recorded that. I feel like I could still go to prison for this. It was really, really, really uncool.|
On November 19, Merge Records will release Dinosaur Jr.’s Chocomel Daze (Live 1987) LP on 150-gram vinyl and limited to 2,000 copies. Pre-order here. (LP buyers will get a digital version, too; other digital-release plans haven’t been announced.) The LP, which captures an ‘87 Netherlands show, is being released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Dinosaur’s classic You’re Living All Over Me. Hear the LP track “The Lung” over at Spin.com.
Here’s a full scan of the oral history of Sub Pop I wrote for the July 2008 issue of Blender (20 years of history crammed into a mere four pages!). This humble piece served as the basis for my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge (out in paperback March 13; order info here).
Trailer for Dinosaur Jr.’s BUG Live at 9:30 Club: In the Hands of the Fans DVD, out February 21.
From the press release: Dinosaur Jr. have announced the reissue of their first three albums on cassette via Joyful Noise Recordings. Sold as a 3-album custom wooden box set – limited to just 500 copies – the Cassette Trilogy includes each album from the classic Dinosaur Jr. canon: 1985’s Dinosaur, 1987’s You’re Living All Over Me, and 1988’s Bug.
Sebadoh were supposed to tour Europe with Nirvana like a month or so after Kurt killed himself. Some people said, ‘Oh, that’s terrible, you coulda really broken through if you opened for Nirvana.’ I’m like, ‘No, we wouldn’t have.’ Who the fuck wanted a Half Japanese record after they opened for Nirvana?