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November Spawned a Dinosaur

Elastic Day is the new LP and single from Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis

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by Ancient Champion, for outsideleft.com
originally published: November, 2018
The new record offers the mellower less full featured Dino sound...
by Ancient Champion, for outsideleft.com
originally published: November, 2018
The new record offers the mellower less full featured Dino sound...

As you know if I could sing I'd want mainly my voice to come out like Macy Gray, but some days, if it could sound as rocknroll fabulous as J. Mascis on everything since Dinosaur Jr's seminal Freak Scene then maybe I wouldn't have to pour my words into my music and instead could sing out loud.

In many ways, Dinosaur Jr are the last great, greatest rocknroll band. The last great rocknroll band that didn't roll over into barely misshapen metal. They started in the Reagan era on Homestead, then Long Beach's SST way back when. And probably a world tour of credible indie labels since. Those details matter. Anyway.

On November 9th, J Mascis releases a new solo record, Elastic Days (SubPop). Over the years there have been a number of perhaps mellower solo records from J Mascis, not entirely suited to the full feature Dino sound. The new record has a new mellower single, Elastic Days, and the video is kinda fun, featuring superstar drag diva Dina Martina who counts John Waters among her fans and there's possibly no better endorsement for a dragster... J had this to say of the video, “I’ve been a big Dina Martina fan for a long time. I’ve seen her perform many times over the years. I’m glad that I got her to do this video before she becomes an untouchable superstar. I am amazed at how the video came out, I’m so psyched.”

Enjoy it here. Don't stop.

The Elastic Days LP is supported by an expansive tour...
Nov 7th | Vancouver, BC - Imperial 
Nov 8th | Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
Nov 9th | Seattle, WA - Tractor
Nov 10th | Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo
Nov 14th | San Francisco, CA - Slim’s 
Nov 15th | San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
Nov 16th | Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
Nov 17th | Denver, CO - Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
Nov 18th | Fort Collins, CO - Washington’s 
Nov 20th | Chicago, IL - City Winery*
Nov 21st | Chicago, IL - City Winery*
Nov 27th | Atlanta, GA - City Winery*
Nov 28th | Nashville, TN - City Winery*
Nov 29th | Louisville, KY - Zanzabar*
Nov 30th | Detroit, MI - El Club*
Dec 1st | Toronto, ON - Great Hall*
Dec 4th | Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe*
Dec 5th | Washington, DC - City Winery*
Dec 7th | Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade*
Dec 8th | New York, NY - Public Arts*
Dec 9th | Hamden, CT - Space Ballroom*
Dec 12th | Providence, RI - The Met*
Dec 13th | Boston, MA - The Sinclair*
Dec 14th | Northampton, MA - The Academy of Music*
Dec 15th | Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall*
Jan 16th | Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
Jan 17th | Bristol, UK - Thekla
Jan 18th | Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
Jan 19th | London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Jan 20th | Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Jan 22nd | Liverpool, UK - Arts Club
Jan 23rd | Manchester, UK - Gorilla 
Jan 24th | Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall
Jan 25th | Glasgow, UK - St. Lukes

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Ancient Champion

Ancient Champion only ever communicates with us online so, so much we don't know. Proud Citizen of Nowhere is the response when we ask where you from? We do know the Ancient Champion is releasing a new single each month of 2018. Instrumental music characterised as easy listening for difficult people. And a collection of extremely short stories, Six Stories About Motoring Nowhere as part of the SideCartel's Sextet series. More info at AncientChampion.com

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