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Dinosaur Jr. – New album ‘Farm’ out June 26 2009

Written by Toby Smith on March 26, 2009

The worry about the reunion of the original Dinosaur Jr. line-up, more than 20 years after their formation and legendary dissolution, was that these guys were just flogging the back catalogue as a marketing gimmick.

With the release of Beyond, in 2007, the band gave a hearty Marshall-driven “F**K YOU!” answer to those inquiring ears. Restoring the sound established by the opening hat-trick gambit of Dinosaur, You’re Living All Over Me, and Bug, the Beyond record continued the band’s march into rock greatness by making old ears smile and new ears bleed afresh. And now comes Farm, the fifth full length record by the original line-up – J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph -set to release on their label [PIAS]/Liberator Music on June 26th.

If Beyond was Dinosaur Jr.’s return to form, Farm is proof that this band continues to deliver that which makes rock worth cranking to 11.

At times wholly 70’s guitar-epic, at times perfect for sitting by a babbling brook with Joni and Neil, Farm encompasses Dinosaur Jr.’s signature palette – soaring and distorted guitar, unshakable hooks, honey-rich melodies – songs that get into your head and, bouncing around happily, stay there. The ear-catching ‘Plans’ is nearly 7 minutes of classic whipped-topping rock dessert, while ‘I Don’t Wanna Go There’ is a meat-and-potatoes main dish, mixing unapologetic lead guitar with straight-ahead delivery a la James Gang or Humble Pie. These two tunes round out twelve tracks propelled by the unique energy of one of America’s greatest living rock bands hitting their stride.

Farm was recorded in J Mascis’ Bisquiteen studio in Amherst, Massachusetts, and was produced by Mascis.

Tracklisting for Farm:

Pieces
I Want You To Know
Ocean In The Way
Plans
Your Weather
Over It
Friends
Said The People
There’s No Here
See You
I Don’t Wanna Go There
Imagination Blind

Dinosaur Jr. Farm out through [PIAS] Recordings (Liberator Music) on June 26. Find it on Dinosaur Jr.

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