Mascis known for his heavy hitting guitar work, goes back to his roots in Sweet Apple and plays drums (though you can recognize his guitar adding touches here and there.) On "Do You Remember" the band glides through familiar 1970's hard rock riffs with more modern pop flourishes. I've not kept up with Dinosaur Jr. in several albums, and I haven't heard of any of the other guys, but "Do You Remember" makes me long for my days of long hair and flannel shirts.
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"Lets Get On With the Illusion" - Barton Carroll
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In "Lets Get On With the Illusion" Barton Carroll opens the song by singing "In storybooks they say that love is the magic of the soul/And a straight jacket can't hold the heart of man nor, Houdini's hand/But a heart can never see that Harry had a key." Not exactly an optimistic line, nor a song to sing to a lover, but even though he goes on to say "since you and I know loves a lie, let's get on with the illusion" there is something sweet about the song. Maybe its the way the female's voice (whose name I can't seem to find) captures the sweet spot of harmony. Or maybe its the lyrics insistence on sticking with it, even though we're all doomed in the end. Or maybe it is just a great song no matter how you lay it.
No matter the reason, "Let's Get On With the Illusion" is destined to remain on repeat in my iPod and Barton Carroll is a name I'm going to keep an eye out for.