Ten Questions with Dinosaur Jr. (at The Waiting Room March 18); Jabid, Big Slur tonight…

Category: Blog,Interviews — Tags: , , — @ 7:41 am March 16, 2017

Dinosaur Jr., form left, J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph. The band plays The Waiting Room Saturday night.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

What is the soundtrack to your youth? For some very hip folks in their 30s, 40s and 50s, that soundtrack would have to include Dinosaur Jr. The band has been at it in one form or another since 1984, releasing their debut — a mish-mash of punk, heavy-metal and C&W — under the name Dinosaur in 1985.

Back then it was J Mascis on guitar, Lou Barlow on bass and Murph on drums. Just like the rest us, that line-up would go through some changes over the years, but would circle back to its original line-up in 2006 and pretty much stay that way right up to the band’s latest, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (2016, Jagjaguwar). In between, the band released seminal albums like 1987’s You’re Living All Over Me, 1991’s Green Mind, 1993’s Where You Been and 2007’s Beyond, keeping that soundtrack going for the next generation (and the generation after that).

We caught up with Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph and asked him to take our Ten Questions survey.

1. What is your favorite album?

Murph: Jimi Hendrix’s Axis Bold as Love

2. What is your least favorite song?

Wham’s, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”

3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?

Performing live on stage is the best thing about being in a band.

4. What do you hate about being in a band?

Constant compromise, hardest thing about being in a band.

5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?

Coffee

6. In what city or town do you love to perform?

New York

7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?

Worst  gig was in Pawtucket RI, sketchy vibe, and horrible sound.

8. Are you able to support yourself through your music? If so, how long did it take to get there; if not, how do you pay your bills?

I haven’t always been able to support myself through my music and it has taken a long time. I’ve supplemented my income with drum lessons and odd jobs.

9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?

Profession I’d like to try is teacher or therapist, and worst profession would be being a cop.

10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?

Omaha Nebraska, “where’s the Beef”!  My mother always used to order Omaha steaks at Christmas time.

Dinosaur Jr. plays with Easy Action Saturday, March 18 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Tickets are $22 Adv./$25 DOS. Showtime is 9 p.m. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com

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Get your pre-St. Patrick’s Day partying in before us idiots take over.

Tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s it’s Jabid (Javid’s project), False Brother and Stephen Nichols. $5, 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at experimental art/noise space Project Project, 1818 Vinton St., Big Slur (Dan Scheuerman’s project) opens for Amulets along with Teetah and Erinome. Let’s face it, I’ve never heard any of these acts, but Dan says it’ll be good. $6, 7 p.m.

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Son, Ambulance, Dinosaur Jr., The Nadas tonight; Routine Escorts, Cloven Path Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:18 pm August 7, 2015
Son, Ambulance at The Reverb June 3, 2015. The band plays at O'Leaver's tonight.

Son, Ambulance at Reverb Lounge June 3, 2015. The band plays at O’Leaver’s tonight.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I’m now told that Eagle*Seagull is headlining that show Oct. 9 at O’Leaver’s.

Anyway… what’s going on this weekend?

Top of the list is Son, Ambulance at fabulous O’Leaver’s tonight. The band is reaching new levels of amazing at their live shows lately. So where are those new recordings, Joe? Also on tonight’s bill are Agronomo and Javid and the Qualified Suspects. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also tonight, the amazing Dinosaur Jr. is opening for Primus at Sumtur Amphitheater. Beyond “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver,” I’ve never had much use for Primus, but Dinosaur Jr. and J Mascis are truly indie rock royalty. $40, 7 p.m.

One more show: The Nadas headline at Reverb Lounge with Two Drag Club. $15, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow night Routine Escorts headlines at Slowdown Jr. (remember that place?) with Sam Martin and Chalant. $5, 9 p.m.

Also tomorrow night, it’s back to the club (O’Leaver’s) for the return of Cloven Path  (yep, they’re back). Also on the bill are Australia blackmetal/prog band Dreadnaught and HAG. $5, 9:30 p.m.

That’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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Is Dinosaur Jr tonight worth $20? Uh, YES…; Yuppies, Worried Mothers…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 12:46 pm October 17, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Beyond the fact that Dinosaur Jr. is one of the most important, most influential bands of the post-punk ’80s and ’90s sitting right up there alongside Minutemen and Husker Du, and that this show marks the first time the band has played here since, what, 2009? is the fact that 1) Their new album, I Bet on Sky, is a tour de force return to the band’s glory days — right up there with the new Bob Mould album as among the best revival records of the year, and 2) J Mascis’ solo set at MAHA Music festival two years ago was among the day’s highlights — i.e., the guy hasn’t lost anything, and 3) Frickin’ Shearwater is opening, a band who would be an amazing draw by themselves.

Only $20? How much did you spend on movie tickets last week or booze or dope or dining out? $20 is nothing. I figured this one would have sold out a long time ago. 9 p.m. Go!

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Okay, okay, so maybe you don’t have $20 to spare. What’s that you say? You only have $5? Well, $5 is all you need to get into tonight’s Yuppies show at Slowdown Jr. Also on the bill are Jealousy Mountain Duo and up-and-comers Worried Mothers (with a new release on Rainy Road Recs). $5, 9 p.m.

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