1. Thursday, December 15, 2011

    dinosaur jr played Bug in its entirety last night 

    dinosaur jr at the music box

    karisa took me for my christmas gift.

    henry rollins interviewed the band before they played. they all sat in chairs in front of the massive wall of Marshall stacks.

    after about 10 minutes the crowd was all “shut up and play already!”

    Rollins understood and wrapped it up after a few more (excellent) questions.

    it was a little curious that Rollins has been doing this with Dino both on this coast and the other one because J Mascis, the gray haired leader of the group, clearly has no interest in giving long answers to any question – and Rollins is not just a music historian but a freakin peer of the group (they were both SST label mates back in the 80s)

    thus why have the awkward interview interlude between the opening band and the headliner.

    i’ll tell you why, because Dinosaur is punk in every way. their leader looks like Gandolf, they do things their way, and their music only gets better and better with each album.

    rollins was right, how many bands that started in the 80s released two records in the last 5 years that are better than their first efforts? heres the answer: zero point zero.

    2008’s Beyond is probably my favorite Dino album and Bug is prob my least favorite, but listening to it played all the way through was a delight and helped me see how much the band has improved over the years.

    why do i care? because as i get old and i see rockers get crappier with age it makes me wonder if aging is only a good thing for wine and stock portfolios.

    J and his two amigos prove that there are exceptions to every rule, so be that exception and ignore all the current trends fads and hypes because they are fakeouts.

    pure rock and roll based in the soul and delivered through artistry and musicianship will last forever.

    like the ringing of your ears the next day after a sweet ass show on hollywood blvd.