3 Albums Turning 30 Today – Released 19th Feb 1991

– Road Apples by THE TRAGICALLY HIP –
(second LP)

AllMusic/John Azpiri: “The Tragically Hip have always taken a certain modest pride in their Canadian roots… The straight-ahead roots rock of Road Apples is a perfect example of why the Tragically Hip are legends north of the 49th parallel. American audiences have yet to catch on, but they would be doing themselves a favor by not stepping aside Road Apples.” Score: 4/5.

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– Green Mind by DINOSAUR JR.
(fourth LP)

Rolling Stone:Listen to Green Mind a time or two and the term folk rock starts to take on entirely new dimensions. While no one’s going to mistake Dinosaur Jr majordomo J. Mascis for
a Roger McGuinn acolyte, there’s no denying that his pretty melodies and drawling, laid-back voice connote folk as surely as his over-the-top guitar playing spells rock. The resulting musical conflation is the sort of hybrid for which oxymorons like “lethargic urgency” are coined.”

Score: 4/5.

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– Night Ride Home by JONI MITCHELL –
(14th LP)

The Los Angeles Times: “The album’s sound is as stripped-down as Mitchell has gotten in a while: lush, smooth sailing of the sort that Joni fans who’ve been away a while will love to come back to. What they’ll find is an artist who has continued to grow in surprising ways–as opposed to fighting off getting old.” Score: 4/5.

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DINOSAUR JR. Released Third Album ‘BUG’ 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

30 October 2018


BUG – the band’s third longplayer

Released: 31 October 1988 – 30 years ago

ALL MUSIC review: “Relatively cleaner-produced and more accessible than ‘You’re Living All Over Me’, ‘Bug’ expanded on the strengths of its predecessor, and established Dinosaur Jr. as a major band in the American underground. Although the majority of the album is firmly situated in the sprawling, noisy metallic fusion of hard rock and avant noise, Bug also demonstrates that J Mascis has a talent for winding folk-rock, particularly on “The Post” and “Pond Song.” Like its predecessor, the songs on Bug are quite uneven, but it does represent a major step forward for Mascis, particularly on the masterpiece of the record, “Freak Scene,” a surprisingly catchy song encapsulating the appeal and pitfalls of indie rock within three minutes.” – Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Mastermind J Mascis had the noisy gift to write smooth melodies, build them up and break them down, turn them inside out, inject them with electrifying turmoil, add his wandering vox where needed and finally shape some stirring turbulence with poignant effects out of all his cut and slash work.

TOP TRACKS: Freak Scene / They Always Come / Pond Song / Budge / Keep the Glove

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DINOSAUR JR Released Supreme Album ‘WHERE YOU BEEN’ 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

8 February 2018



RELEASED: 9 February 1993 – 25 years ago

ROLLING STONE wrote: “On their second major-label album, these college-underground champs recall the shambling lope of ‘Crazy Horse-era Young’, as well as hints of minor Seventies icons from ‘Blue Oyster Cult’ to ‘Humble Pie’. But far from being derivative, leader J Mascis takes a familiar deck of cards and deals out a new game. While for Young guitar clamor signaled rage and desperation, for Mascis it’s retreat. Before a roiling torrent of distorted guitars and oceanic drum bash, Mascis sings in a laid-back croak, like a character talking calmly to the camera in the midst of a riotous crowd scene. The turmoil on Where You Been is a relationship crippled
by misunderstanding, detailed in a poignant second-person narrative that consumes virtually every song on the album. Like many of its peers, Dinosaur Jr is a musical cargo cult, turning the detritus of another culture into something that can be used — and maybe even worshiped. For one of the crowning glories of slacker culture, look no further.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: to my ears one the best Dinosaur longplayers – with an arresting mix of sparkling electricity, poppy grunginess and amplified balladry

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Get Me / Out There / Not The Same

* GET ME – galvanizing mixed emotions romanticism

* OUT THERE – crackling leccy…

* NOT THE SAME – melancholic splendour at its very best…

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