Dinosaur Jr, On the Way b/w Out There (from Where You Been)
Guitar players take note. It annoys me how people mention Green Mind as the last great Dinosaur record, if they mention anything post-Barlow at all. At least from a gtr-player perspective, this album houses some really, really stellar shite. While Nirvana was busy hating their rock star-status, J and co dealt with major label-land by putting out really cool, well-produced albums. Put this next to Sonic Youth’s Dirty in your pile of screeching corporate rock albs. It matches Dirty’s melancholy vibe sigh for sigh, too.
Attached are two deep cuts from Where You Been – most of y’all would immediately recognize the single/buzz clip “Start Choppin.'” Listen to “Out There”s opening, Henrix-ish rhythym/lead riff, and you’ll understand why I’d take Mascis over Slash or Trey Anastasio any old day.