Dinosaur Jr. Go 'Beyond'

When Dinosaur Jr. principals Lou Barlow and J Mascis were asked about recording new material, both brushed aside the idea.

Dinosaur Jr. Go 'Beyond'
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When alt-rock pioneer Dinosaur Jr. reunited with its original lineup in 2005, principals Lou Barlow and J Mascis were asked about recording new material. Both brushed aside the idea. Barlow, who has had post-Dinosaur Jr. success with Sebadoh and the Folk Implosion, went so far as to tell the Village Voice that the idea of Dinosaur Jr. recording new material was "ridiculous." Mascis concurred, joking that Aerosmith should have stopped recording 20 years ago. Yet on May 1, Dinosaur Jr. will release "Beyond" via indie Fat Possum Records. The album is the band's first collection of new material with the original lineup of guitarist Mascis, bassist Barlow and drummer Emmett "Patrick" Murphy since 1988's "Bug." It marks a turning point for Fat Possum as well. As to what inspired a change of heart, Barlow points to Brian Schwartz of Bleemusic, who co-manages Dinosaur Jr. with Barton Dahl of Madison House. Schwartz, Barlow says, is a quasi-member of the band these days. "At first, he was like, 'Come on, guys, you've got to do a new album," Barlow says. "We told him to shut up. But he was so comically insistent about it that it had a way of taking the tension away from what would be a monumental decision for us. We realized it's not that monumental at all. It's kind of a lark." Mascis plays down the influence of the management team. "I'm not listening to them so much," Mascis says. "It goes in one ear and out the other." Instead, he says the band ultimately decided that if it were to keep touring, it would be wise to have some new songs. Dinosaur Jr. recorded three albums in the late '80s with the original lineup, bringing a classic rock sensibility (read: extended guitar solos) to a masterfully loud hardcore sound. The band's loud/soft dynamic would foreshadow the grunge and alt-rock era of the '90s, during which Mascis led a Barlow-less Dinosaur Jr. through myriad lineup changes. Read more at Reuters.

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    FrenchyFungus
    Fucking awesome, I've been getting heavily into Sebadoh recently, and will definitely catch Dino when they tour.
    BreakingTheGirl
    tim311mahoney wrote: dinosaur jr. has got NOTHING on aerosmith.
    Psh, twice the band Aerosmith has been for the past 20 years. But this is nuts, i'm ****in psyched.
    wurzel1981
    tim311mahoney wrote: dinosaur jr. has got NOTHING on aerosmith.
    Just how can you even compare the two? Aerosmith suck and in my opinion are one of the biggest sellouts of all time. Dinosaur Jr on the other hand are amazing, J.Mascis is one of the best unsung guitar hereoes of modern times and their music is always interesting.
    wurzel1981
    My apologies tim311mahoney i just realised you were probably joking about Aerosmith being better than Dinosaur Jr, if not.....oh dear.
    tim311mahoney
    wurzel1981 wrote: tim311mahoney wrote: dinosaur jr. has got NOTHING on aerosmith. Just how can you even compare the two? Aerosmith suck and in my opinion are one of the biggest sellouts of all time. Dinosaur Jr on the other hand are amazing, J.Mascis is one of the best unsung guitar hereoes of modern times and their music is always interesting.
    And where did i actually compare the two? point that out to me. I'm in defense of a band that i like, you're in defense of a band that you like. Its all a matter of opinion. Hey, atleast you're old enough to remember when they were originally around.
    fireoptic
    I never listened to Dinosaur Jr, i'll have to check them out. And to you guys arguing over Aerosmith, what good has come out of Aerosmith since 1987? In my opinion their album "Big Ones" featuring their collections of love ballads that sound like they should be on Full House is terrible.