Tuesday, September 18, 2012

REVIEW: Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky

I'll make this short, because you are wasting time reading this when you ought to just go get this Dinosaur Jr. album. The formula is by now familiar, but no less enjoyable for that familiarity. If you love Dinosaur Jr.'s music, you aren't looking for them to get into dubstep or flamenco (surely not)... just a reassurance that they are still pumping out soaring guitar solos and J Mascis' and Lou Barlow's warm, plaintive vocals.

Well, consider yourself reassured. There are a few nifty touches here and there - the understated guitar/synth interplay on the lead-in to opening track "Don't Pretend That You Don't Know", the punk pace of "Pierce the Morning Rain"...

...an acoustic interlude on "Recognition", but those serve only to sweeten the taste of the main offering: lots and lots of great electric guitar.

Check out the lead track, "Watch The Corners":

Isn't that pretty much a perfect Dinosaur Jr. song? Why would you mess around with that formula?

Go get this thing, out on Jagjaguwar Records today (Sept 18).

Dinosaur Jr. website

Tour dates:

09/24/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace**

09/25/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace**
09/26/12 Toronto, ON: Lee's Palace**
09/27/12 Detroit, MI: St. Andrew's Hall***
09/28/12 Cincinnati, OH: MidPoint Music Festival***
09/29/12 Champaign, IL: Pygmalion Festival***
10/01/12 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge*
10/02/12 Atlanta, GA: Variety Playhouse*
10/03/12 New Orleans, LA: Tipitina's*
10/04/12 Austin, TX: Mohawk*
10/05/12 Houston, TX: Fitzgerald's*
10/06/12 Dallas, TX: The Prophet Bar*
10/08/12 Flagstaff, AZ: Orpheum Theater*
10/09/12 Santa Ana, CA: The Observatory*
10/10/12 San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore*
10/11/12 Eugene, OR, WOW Hall*
10/12/12 Seattle, WA: Neptune Theatre*
10/14/12 Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge*
10/15/12 Denver, CO: Bluebird Theater*
10/17/12 Omaha, NE: The Waiting Room*
10/18/12 Minneapolis, MN: Cabooze*
10/19/12 Madison, WI: Majestic Theatre*
10/20/12 Grand Rapids, MI: The Orbit Room*
10/22/12 Bloomington, IN: The Bluebird*
10/23/12 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom*
10/24/12 Millvale, PA: Mr. Smalls Theatre*
10/25/12 Washington, DC: Black Cat*
10/26/12 Charlottesville, VA: Jefferson Theater*
10/27/12 Philadelphia, PA: Union Transfer*
11/01/12 Taipei, Taiwan Don't Look Back, Vol. 1 @ Neo Studio
11/03/12 Tokyo, Japan Hostess Club
11/24/12 Santiago, Chile Primavera Fauna
11/28/12 Northampton, MA Pearl Street Nightclub w/ Screaming Females
11/29/12 Portland, ME The State Theatre w/ Screaming Females
11/30/12 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club w/ Screaming Females
12/01/12 New York, NY Terminal 5: Dinosaur Jr’s 25th anniversary of You’re Living All Over Me with Very Special Friends sitting in and Special Guests Kurt Vile and the Violators

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