It was my freshman year of college, say August of 1994, my parents had just started the 800 odd mile trek back to Oklahoma. I didn’t know a soul. After a few freak out moments, I sucked it up, threw on my lucky Dinosaur Jr. T-shirt, circa Where You Been, and headed down to the cafeteria.
While pressing my glass against the lever for some Mr. Pibb, a tall brunette also wearing a Dinosaur Jr. shirt, smiled and said, “Nice shirt.”
“Thanks” I muttered. “You too.”
My first serious, long term relationship was born. The band lasted longer than the relationship, but not much. The break up was about as bitter though. And to boot, she walked away with all of my Dinosaur Jr. records.
Dinosaur Jr. was born out of the ashes of the hardcore punk scene in the early 80’s.Taking its cues from the Hardcore Scene with a little New Wave and Goth thrown in, Dinosaur released their first album in July 1995.
Not long after lead singer and guitarist dumped bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph and created a new trio, while keeping the name. This set a president over the next several years and albums where Mascis became Dinosaur Jr. while playing with an every changing roster of musicians. We didn’t care though, for like Spin magazine declared:
J Mascis is God
In March 2005 coinciding with the re-release of the bands first three albums (Dinosaur, You’re Living All Over Me, and Bug) Mascis announced that he’d be playing a few dates with original band mates Barlow and Murph. Unlike my relationship with that first girl friend, it seems these boys have reconciled. By all accounts it was a very successful tour.
New tour dates in Chicago and New York have been announced, along with the release of the very first Dinosaur Jr DVD. The DVD will be shot during the bands 2 night stand in New York City. It should include not only loads of live concert performance, but also never before seen footage of the band back stage, and one-on-one interviews. It is set to be released in early 2006.
As a sort-of preparation for the DVD filming, Mascis and crew will be performing two shows at Chicago’s Metro.
Specific detais are as follow:
Tuesday, November 29th and Wednesday, November 30th
3730 North Clark, Chicago
Tickets $28.50 / Ages 18+ Welcome
For more information please call 773.549.0203
Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd
Special DVD Filming
9:00pm (Doors @ 8:00pm)
17 Irving Place, New York
Tickets $30.00 / All Ages Welcome
For more information please contact 212.777.6817
You can purchase tickets online at: www.baselineticketing.com.