“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.
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
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.
In very remarkable news, Sub Pop artists, Mudhoney, J Mascis (J’s flight was unfortunately delayed and he will not be able to perform today) and Sera Cahoone are playing ON TOP of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle tomorrow, July 11th accompanying a remote broadcast by our dear friends at KEXP. From 12-5:30PM tomorrow, KEXP DJs John Richards and Kevin Cole will broadcast live from the Space Needle’s observation deck, jamming some Sub Pop tunes and generally kicking off the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee weekend with the rare sort of aplomb that posting up for the day on top of the Space Needle can bring.
The entire event will culminate in the first-ever live music performances from atop the Space Needle featuring solo sets from J Mascis and Sera Cahoone, and a fully plugged-in performance from Mudhoney. You will be able to live-stream video and audio from the broadcast via KEXP.orgall day tomorrowTODAY!
There will also be interview highlights from label founder Bruce Pavitt, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, photographer Charles Peterson, and legendary producer Jack Endino. Also, I’m told that there will be surprises.
The FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Schedule:
Saturday, July 13th; Georgetown, Seattle, WA, USA
12th Avenue S and S Bailey
9am to noon – Yagya Opening Blessing
Sub Stage (at S. Homer Street)
8:30 pm – Built to Spill
7:15 pm – Mudhoney
6:00 pm – J Mascis
5:00 pm – METZ
3:45 pm – Pissed Jeans
2:30 pm – King Tuff
1:30 pm – Shearwater
(Beer Garden opens at noon)
Pop Stage (at S. Vale St.)
7:45 pm – Father John Misty
6:30 pm – Greg Dulli
5:20 pm – Shabazz Palaces
4:10 pm – The Baptist Generals
3:00 pm – clipping.
Elysian Stage (at the S. Lucile St. overpass)
7:30 pm – TBA
6:15 pm – Chad VanGaalen
5:00 pm – The Catheters
4:00 pm – Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (this is TAD’s new band)
3:00 pm – Jack Endino’s Earthworm
2:00 pm – The Tom Price Desert Classic (Tom Price was in the legendary U-Men)
1:00 pm – David Buhler (The mind behind Loser Pale Ale and partner at Elysian Brewing)
(Beer Garden open at noon)
The Mix: The Hardly Art Sideshow Jubilee
(at 6006 12th Ave. S.)
12:30 am – TBA
11:30 pm – Deep Time
10:30 pm – Protomartyr
9:30 pm – Hausu
In this second installment of Getting to Know Us, the self-serving, Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Festival-promoting column in which we talk about some of the world class artists who are playing our (free (to you)) birthday party taking place on Saturday, July 13th in Seattle’s esteemed Georgetown Neighborhood. This week, we would like to show you about the majestic J Mascis and the enigmatic Shabazz Palaces.
Chances are that if you know who we are (just to clarify, we’re the t-shirt and record manufacturer, Sub Pop), you are already well aware of who J Mascis is. As one of the shreddiest forces on the planet and singer of the pioneering band Dinosaur Jr., J has been creating some of the noisiest and most wonderful (in this blog poster’s opinion, at least) music for the better part of like, 15 decades or so. He’s also been involved with J Mascis + The Fog, Witch, Deep Wound, Upsidedown Cross, Sweet Apple, and most importantly (for the sake of this Silver Jubilee related blog post, at least), simply J Mascis. J’s most recent solo record, Several Shades of Why, came out on Sub Pop in 2011 to much critical acclaim, and quickly became a favorite among the staff at Sub Pop. In case you missed that record, here’s a link to the video for “Not Enough”, created by J’s labelmate, Chad VanGaalen.
Shabazz Palaces are an enigmatic hip-hop duo, bucking every trend in the modern rap game (take for example them signing with a record label not at all known for putting out hip hop records). They’re led by Palaceer Lazaro, also known as Ishmael Butler, a member of the pioneering 90’s rap group, Digable Planets and are rounded off with the multi-instrumental brilliance of Tendai Maraire. Shabazz Palaces’ debut full-length, Black Up, was released in 2011 amidst a frenzy of excitement and hype and according to universal critical acclaim, well exceeded the hype in its delivery. In case you needed proof of their prowess, we’ve attached a video for their song “Are You… Were You… Can You… (Felt)” off of Black Up.
Perhaps it feels a little desperate to attempt to sell you on an altogether FREEMUSICFESTIVAL put on by a record label representing such historically and presently great artists, we wouldn’t be Sub Pop Records (and t-shirts!) if we weren’t trying to sell you something. So, on July 13th, we hope you’ll join us at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee however you can and watch these three artists do their thing.For free.
Click here for more information on the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee.
“‘Only in Dreams,’ the second Dum Dum Girls album, seethes with a beautiful, raging confidence, louder and fuller than anything they’ve done before, and better than the onetime peers they’re leaving behind. These lush and reverb-thick songs are ambitious and pointed about subjects that often drag: leaving, wasting away, aching.” – New York Times (Only in Dreams album review, 2011)
Other shows our bands are playing at CMJ:
Under the Radar party
Public Assembly (front room)
70 North 6th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 TIME: 4:10 – 4:40 PM
401 W 14th Street, New York City, NY 10014 TIME: 8:20
The FIXEDCMJ Freakout!
Public Assembly (front room)
70 North 6th Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 TIME: TBA
Dum Dum Girls KEXP Live @ Ace Hotel
20 W. 29th Street
New York City, NY 10001
http://www.acehotel.com/newyork/contact TIME: 2:30 PM
Memoryhouse DJ Set CJLO hosted Medium Rotation CMJ Mixer
232 E 9th Street
New York, NY TIME: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Dum Dum Girls
Above Allen @ Thompson LES
190 Allen Street TIME: 7 PM
6DB Unofficial CMJ Showcase
The Studio at Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003 TIME: 1:05-1:35pm
Dum Dum Girls
Bowery/Ground Control CMJ Showcase
6 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002 TIME: 11 PM
Yours Truly CMJ Showcase
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211 TIME: 11 PM
Memoryhouse AAM Showcase
The Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211 TIME: 3:15-3:45