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J Mascis

Best known as the remote frontman of the influential indie trio Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis has also been an occasional producer and film composer. Born December 10, 1965 in Amherst, Massachusetts, he first emerged as a member of the hardcore unit Deep Wound, founding Dinosaur in 1984. Over the course of acclaimed LPs like 1987's You're Living All Over Me and 1988's Bug, the group emerged among the most highly regarded in alternative rock, with Mascis' creaky, Neil Young-like vocals and monolithic guitar leads becoming primary influences on the burgeoning grunge movement. The group temporarily disbanded in 1989, largely to allow the legendarily non-communicative singer the opportunity to dismiss bassist Lou Barlow, who went on to form Sebadoh; in the meantime, Mascis sat in on drums with a series of bands, among them the Velvet Monkeys and GobbleHoof, even producing the latter's eponymous 1990 LP. Upon re-forming Dinosaur Jr. in 1991, he scored Allison Anders' independent film Gas Food Lodging a year later, making a cameo appearance in the picture itself; he and Anders became regular collaborators in the years to follow, most notably on her feature Grace of My Heart. Mascis also produced records for pals including fIREHOSE (Mr. Machinery Operator) and Tad (Inhaler), and in 1996 issued his solo debut, Martin + Me. After 1997's Hand It Over, Dinosaur Jr. disbanded. Keeping on with his personal musical eclecticism, J Mascis and his new outfit, the Fog, issued More Light in fall 2000. Featuring appearances from avant-garde guitarist Kevin Shields and Guided by Voices vocalist Bob Pollard, the record was a fine return to form that excited Dinosaur Jr. fans who had been disappointed with his acoustic record. A tour with Elf Power followed, featuring longtime friend Mike Watt on bass and Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton at several tour dates. It was his riff-heavy jams with Asheton and Watt, as well as several skydiving experiences, that inspired much of the music he started writing for his follow-up. When he stepped back into the studio, he kept the guest appearances down to a minimum and recorded Feel So Free for a 2002 release. Over the course of the next ten years, Mascis devoted a good share of his time to drums, performing in Witch, Sweet Apple, and Upsidedown Cross, and in 2005, after Merge Records reissued the first three Dinosaur Jr. albums, the original lineup of Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph reunited for a tour. The tour went well enough that Dinosaur Jr. became a going concern again, returning to the studio to record a new album, 2007's Beyond. Meanwhile, Mascis also continued his solo career, releasing three solo acoustic-based albums: 2005's J + Friends Sing + Chant for Amma, 2011's Several Shades of Why, and 2014's Tied to a Star. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  1.   Song
  2.   Not Enough
  3.   Several Shades of Why
  4.   Every Morning
  5.   Listen to Me
  6.   Trailing Off
  7.   So What Else Is Now
  8.   Outside Eye
  9.   Fade Into You
  10.   Drifter
  11.   Stumble
  12.   Me Again
  13.   I've Been Thinking
  14.   Circle
  15.   Very Nervous and Love
  16.   Make It Right
  17.   Can I
  18.   The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
  19.   Where'd You Go
  20.   Every Mother's Son
  21.   Keeblin'
  22.   On the Run
  23.   Blowin It
  24.   Not You Again
  25.   Anticipation
  26.   What Happened
  27.   Come Down
  28.   Wide Awake
  29.   Take a Run at the Sun
  30.   Thumb
  31.   Goin Home
  32.   Better Plane
  33.   And Then
  34.   Where Are You
  35.   Repulsion
  36.   Heal the Star
  37.   Is It Done
  38.   Get Me
  39.   Flying Cloud
  40.   Drawerings
  41.   Too Deep
  42.   [Untitled Track]
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  50.   Sideways
  51.   Don't You Think It's Time
  52.   Carl
  53.   A Little Ethnic Song
  54.   Same Day
  55.   Waistin
  56.   Back Before You Go
  57.   Grand Me to You
  58.   Ammaring
  59.   All the Girls
  60.   I'm Not Fine
  61.   Can't I Take This On
  62.   Does the Kiss Fit
  63.   More Light
  64.   Untitled (Reprise)
  65.   Freedom
  66.   If That's How Its Gotta Be
  67.   Set Us Free
  68.   Bobbin
  69.   Free So Free
  70.   Tell the Truth
  71.   Someone Said
  72.   Everybody Lets Me Down
  73.   Say the Word
  74.   Outside
  75.   Medley: Everything Flows/Range Life/In a Rut
  76.   I Feel Like Going Home
  77.   Alone
  78.   Freak Scene
  79.   Where Do You Go by J Mascis & the Fog
  80.   Grant Me to You by J Mascis & the Fog
  81.   So What Else Is New

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