Why do all of my hipster musician friends worship J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr...

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  1. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  2. J. Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. made their bones way back in 1987 when they released You're Living All Over Me.

    They have been touring the world playing music for a living ever since. What's the question again?

    Happy to say that my band opened for them back in '89.

  3. InhumanResource


    Dec 28, 2012
    I don't know much about this hipster business or anyone worshiping these guys...but I do know I enjoy Dinosaur Jr's music. Probably best to just ask them what they mean.
  4. MojoPenguin


    Jul 11, 2014
    Europe Bro'
    I've seen them in concert couple years back and they were awesome. The Bass player had a Rick on a SVT and sounded massive. Give them a try ;)
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  5. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    Oh, I see, I've been living a parallel universe in which punk rock had developed into this. Poor me :-(

    Some evolve, some just LAME ON.
  6. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    I haven't listened to them since they moved towards metal, but i adore their older stuff. They got a new singer?
  7. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    No new singer, he's still good old Chris Hannah. In 2001 they stepped it up (IMHO) to a more modern and technical HC variant, what I call "post Satanic Surfers" stuff (something bands like A Wilhelm Scream rose to new -amazing- heights). I still don't see it as metal but, of course, it's definitely metal and prog influenced. Love this kind of punk that's made by people who grew up listening to anything from Maiden to Rush, do it myself too (well, try to)...

  8. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Hipster...how the meaning of this word has changed...
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  9. SonnyBassPlayer


    Nov 29, 2013
    I have no idea who J. Mascis is but I like Dinosaur Jr. a lot. Is he the guitarist?
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  10. TripleDouble

    TripleDouble Guest

    Aug 5, 2008
    FYI, I was totally into talking smack about hipsters before it was cool.
  11. It's not really my thing anymore, but I still have a soft spot for Dinosaur Jr. / J. Mascis, Mike Watt / the minutemen / fIREHOSE, Rollins (well, pretty much everyone who played on Watt's "Ball-Hog or Tug Boat?" album, come to think of it), Pavement, Pond. It's rare but I still listen to them occasionally. Fond memories of simpler times, I guess. AND they did bring something interesting to the music world, in my opinion.

    Mascis writes good songs, that must be part of the appeal. He's like some sort of Bob Dylan playing through Hendrix's "it sounds like it's just about to explode" rig.

    For the record: I'm about as non-hipster as it gets. No tats, no beard, no man-bun, I don't wear a toque year-round, my day job is NOT barista, I'm not currently working on a screenplay, etc.
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  12. letsrumble


    May 23, 2010
    It's because he has Fred Armisen in his videos. :smug: This is a pretty cool song.

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  13. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Nels Cline with Mike Watt:
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  14. TripleDouble

    TripleDouble Guest

    Aug 5, 2008
    The hipsters can dig J all they want, but like you said this is music from a simpler time and a different generation. Maybe they're into J because they are yearning for a different time, kinda like when I listened to the Stones or Hendrix in the 80's. I'm no hipster either, though I might have been some kind of proto-hipster 20+ years ago, seeking out cool rock, punk, and indie bands, wearing all that Doc Marteny flannely grunge stuff, and going to a gazillion shows. I did work in a coffee shop, but the word barista did not yet exist on this continent. We all used to call each other on the telephone and then meet up somewhere to hang out or jam or just sit there and make dumb jokes. Seems more fun than pecking away at apps and talking about carefully posed beard photos on facebook, but what do I know.

    I actually just had a conversation with a pal how Dinosaur has aged a bit better than Pavement (which we still like too), but J and Co. still really rock, while in retrospect Stephen sounds a bit like he's trying to be clever. He sure is a good guitarist though. But the songs aren't as good which is key. Stephen is not as loud as J either, that's for certain, the 2 times I saw Dinosaur Jr it was as loud as a Motorhead show.
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  15. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    I've been listening to Propaghandhi on repeat for the past 2 days! One of my favorite bands.
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  16. lowplaces

    lowplaces Got Punch ?

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    When I hear the word hipster I think of Harry the Hipster Gibson.

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  17. TripleDouble

    TripleDouble Guest

    Aug 5, 2008
    That song gets me every time. Listening to the Minutemen still makes me choke up when I think about D Boon's passing and how rough that must have been on Mike.
  18. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    Been to Canada on vacation, which revamped my canadian "fandom". Altho' always a consistent fan of more mainstream acts such as Rush or Billy Talent, I went back to my Propagandhi and Belvedere LPs. Luv'em.
  19. Ulf Buck

    Ulf Buck

    Mar 15, 2015
    South Florida
    I dug, undug, and dug again Dinosaur Jr. before any of you even heard of them.

    I am in at present in a undig cycle because of their current popularity.

    I shall let you know when they are cool again.
  20. GrizzleTone

    GrizzleTone Dig it.

    Oct 11, 2013
    I really enjoy J. Mascis' tones, and his most recent solo album is really very good. DJr. has it ups and downs, like most, but overall I'm a fan.

    Nels Cline is in a different league altogether. A master player, but/and still exploring with his instruments and sounds. Always a new adventure with that guy.
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