J Mascis has a new record entitled “Several Shades of Why” which is coming out on March 15 and we are giddy with excitement. You can download the new track “Not Enough” by entering your email address in the fancy shamancy widget above.
While J Mascis may have a reputation for interviews with professional
music journalists where he may might not be characterized as chatty or verbose,
in the interview clip presented here, we’ve captured the kind of deeply personal insights and
stories he’s willing to share with lifelong friend (and,
coincidentally, Sub Pop VP) Megan Jasper, which, not surprisingly, is also not terribly chatty or verbose.
More news on Tied to a Star, the follow up record to J’s 2011 Several Shades of Why is soon to come! Sign up for the J Mascis email list on this page to get the latest news about pre-order.
Aside from being actual music to my ears, news of a new record from J Mascis is also figurative music to my ears; and, given how well-loved the bespectacled, silver-haired, magical-seeming, wizard-like figure of independent music is, odds are that the announcement of Tied to a Star’s August 26th release is music to your ears as well. And back to the literal music to the ears thing, why don’t you go ahead and press play on the embedded player right now. It features the album campaign’s lead-off track, “Every Morning”, a high energy charmer of a song with J’s fingerprints all over it. We think that you’re going to love it.
More on J Mascis’ Tied to a Star (by Todd Berry): It
makes perfect sense that I was asked to write a bio for J Mascis. Let’s
face it, he and I have a long history. It all started the first time I
saw him live. It was in New York City. I don’t remember when or where,
but I think he was walking around. I was probably walking around, too.
The second time was also in New York, at a Mexican restaurant in the
East Village (the one that takes credit cards now, but didn’t used to).
Years later I actually met him at the SXSW festival though a friend who
works at Sub Pop. I guess that meeting went well, because when that
friend from Sub Pop got married, she sat me at the same table as J.
Sounds unbelievable? I suggest you look at the picture below. Now keep
staring at that picture until August 26th. That’s when J’s new acoustic album Tied to a Star
comes out on Sub Pop records. It features appearances by Ken Maiuri,
Pall Jenkins, Mark Mulcahy, and Chan Marshall. Had I been in the area,
I’m sure I would’ve been asked to play on it, too.
Tour Dates Jul. 26 - Carnation, WA - Timber! Outdoor Festival Sep. 24 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at The Outer Space Sep. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Sep. 26 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar Sep. 27 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Sep. 28 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Sep. 30 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Oct. 01 - Nashville, TN - Exit / In Oct. 02 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club Oct. 03 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West Oct. 04 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar Oct. 05 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway Oct. 07 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck Oct. 08 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room Oct. 09 - Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis Institute of Arts Oct. 10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon Oct. 11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean Oct. 13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig Oct. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop Oct. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe Oct. 16 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Oct. 17 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom Oct. 18 - Boston, MA - Sinclair Nov. 07-09 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest Nov. 11 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom Nov. 12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah Nov. 13 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar Nov. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Nov, 15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent Nov. 16 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Nov. 19 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
Nov. 20 - Portland, OR - Dante’s Nov. 21-22 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
“Wide Awake”, handily available for your listening pleasure in the embedded player, is a new offering from guitar legend J Mascis’ forthcoming solo album, Tied to a Star
which features guest vocals from Chan Marshall of Cat Power. The
Guardian, who premiered the track, had this to say about the release, “The
godfather of grunge did the unthinkable in 2011 by swapping his
trademark distortion and fuzz for the gentle strums of an acoustic
guitar. A few years after the release of Several Shades of Why, and J Mascis is still favouring the more mellow approach to songcraft with his new album, Tied to a Star, out in August.”
Tied to a Star will be available on CD / LP / DL August 25th worldwide from Sub Pop; pre-order here.