• Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky (Album Review)

    21 Sep 2012, 23:10 by Ehrnstrom

    I was pretty excited leading up to the release of I Bet on Sky, Dinosaur Jr.’s 3rd post-reunion record. Considering the acclaim of 2009’s Farm, arguably their second greatest record ever, it wasn’t hard to entertain the possibility that Dinosaur Jr. were back for real. What might the lethal combination of J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph create in the wake of such a promising return to form? Before launching into the album, I think it’s important to set the stage for this band. First, with 10 LPs credited to Dinosaur Jr., it seems clear that Dinosaur Jr. do their best work best with the original line-up intact. Perhaps more importantly, J Mascis is as good a guitarist (and songwriter) as one can hear today. In the past (most notably, 1987’s You’re Living All Over Me) this has meant that his solos take center stage, or perhaps more accurately: the entire stage, for several minutes, on every song. But the year is 2012, not 1987, and we find that on their 10th studio release the tempos…
  • My Favorite Albums of 2009

    19 Dec 2009, 16:50 by Rockstar_Aimz

    From my blog: My Aimz is True

    What a strong year for music! I've had a hell of a time narrowing down my list this year. Once I got it down to my top 30 albums, it took me forever to parse it down to ten. One thing that I noticed about my particular list is that it really leans heavily towards the country/folk-ish albums. I'm usually a big indie rock geek, but for some reason none of the rock releases that professional critics are lauding this year really did anything for me (e.g. Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Animal Collective, etc.). Does this mean that I am getting old and I subconsciously don't want to listen to what the damn hipster kids are into? Am I turning introspective and listening to music that more closely resembles the calamity that is my life? Would I feel the same had Okkervil River put out an album this year? Hmmm....

    This list also leans towards artists that I saw live this year, and I have tried to reference back to their show somewhere in my review of that album. …
  • A pain never felt so sweet

    28 Jul 2007, 08:33 by elemento

    Sat 14 Jul – Dinosaur Jr., The Volcanics
    There's no way to prepare for the aural assault that a Dinosaur Jr. concert brings. On the contrary, you simple go there with the expectation that some sort of pain will come your way, but even with those expectations, it's only when your ear drums retreat somewhere in behind your tonsils that you begin to appreciate the enormity of the sound that this three piece from Massachusetts create.

    Before we were terrorised by their audio assault, local boys The Volcanics performed admirably in attempting to warm up the crowd.

    The odds were against them though, firstly due to the fact that the crowd was obviously shit scared of this band; standing at least 5 metres back from the stage and secondly due to lead singer John Phatouros’ microphone stand control issues.

    For the first two songs I found myself cringing as the stand, pre wrapped with a ridiculously long cord, swayed and shimmied across the stage in front of him, as he moved and danced in a Peter Garrett after six cappuccinos style. …