Prisonship Imaginary Seven-Inch Series #12

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.

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4 Responses to “Prisonship Imaginary Seven-Inch Series #12”

  1. Ben Says:

    I used to like Dinosaur Jr. a lot. Did you ever see that flick “The Year Punk Broke?” It had Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Nirvana and maybe some others. We used to watch the shit out of it back in about ’91 or ’92.

  2. lexdexter Says:

    i too was watching that shit back then.
    was than your near land’s end period? the sonic youth footage is totally, totally cool. so is the endless succession of random thurston moore rants and street interviews.
    at the end of the film, thurston links the fall of gorbachev’s soviet union to motley crue’s cover of “anarchy in the UK.” i don’t remember his point, but i recall thinking it was really sober, moving shit at the time.

  3. Ben Says:

    The rise and fall of Near Land’s End was ’93-’98. I quit in ’95, I think. I was in some really awful bands in high school that probably don’t deserve the term ‘band’ at all. All the same, it was invigorating and essential at the time. I recall doing a cover of ‘100%’ at some point. Interestingly, I was also in a wannabe Hendrix Experience type band, too, circa summer ’93.

    Ditto on the “Year Punk Broke” stuff. I think Cobain had some good jokes in there, too.

  4. Ben Says:

    P.S. I graduated from high school in ’93!


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