Wednesday, October 07, 2009
In 1991 a discovered Dinosaur Jr.'s, fourth album, Green Mind (on Blanco y Negro/Sire). I was initially captured by the cover; a stunning photograph, called "Priscilla", from 1969, by Joseph Szabo and taken from his book of photographs Almost Grown. At first listen I was blown away at the amazing guitar work and song craft of J. Masics. This happened to be the band's first release after bassist Lou Barlow's (from Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion) departure, as well as the first released by a major label. Barlow is now back in the band (since 2005), alongside the original drummer, Murph. And they have put out some great recordings since then. Their latest and critically acclaimed, Farm (Jagjaguwar) is reminiscent of Where You Been (1993) and even Green Mind (1991). Pick it up at one of your preferred indie record stores or at the show.
Since Green Mind, I have seen them live a few times; once even opening for Son Volt in Milwaukee. I can honestly say that you will not be disappointed and even blown away by this band. By the way, they like their amps pushed to the limit. Fans of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine will dig this show.