Dinosaur Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most significant American rock bands of all time. Preceding Nirvana by several years, Dinosaur Jr. was instrumental in bringing the crashing sounds of lead guitar back to indie rock. It wasn't just the band’s signature metallic haze that made an impression on listeners; front man J Mascis’ effects-laden guitars were wrapped around some of the best songwriting of the decade. The first three albums, Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me and Bug, are now considered cult masterpieces.
When the original line-up of Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph re-formed in 2005 for select live dates, it was apparent that the years apart had not eroded any of their vitality. It was natural that Dinosaur Jr. would then begin to work on new material. With the release of Beyond in 2007, the band continued its march towards rock greatness. Fourteen years on, the band is still going strong with three albums released on Jagjaguwar Records, most recently 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not.
Born December 4, 1966 in Valley Stream, New York. He is of German, Japanese, and Venezuelan descent. He played drums for Trenchmouth in 1988, Blue Man Group in the 1990s, and in 1997 he toured with Those Bastard Souls featuring Steven Drozd. In 1998, he made a short film called "Fred Armisen's Guide to Music and South by Southwest". He then tried stand-up comedy. In 2002 he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.
Q&A About Making Dinosaur Jr. Albums
The Brooklyn born and bred producer/engineer has been involved in many cool projects. From mixing Phosphorescent’s outstanding, Muchacho record with the hit song, “Song For Zula” to producing two breakout Kurt Vile records, he’s been doing some fine work. Most recently he’s produced some wonderful records by Waxahatchee, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Land Of Talk and Hop Along. On the international front, John’s been having great results too. The EP he did, all analogue with super group, Paradise shot to number one in Germany upon its release. The second Mikel Erentxun record he’s mixed in two years is up for a Latin Grammy. And his collaboration with Luke Elliot has made a huge impact in Europe.
While John Agnello has made a name for himself working with hard rock bands (Dinosaur Jr., The Screaming Trees, The Breeders, Jawbox, Buffalo Tom, Alice Cooper, etc.), he has also shown his skill with subtler sounds (Five for Fighting, J Mascis, Mark Lanegan, Patti Smith, Jay Farrar, Dar Williams, Nada Surf).
Starting his recording career as an assistant engineer at the Record Plant in New York City, Agnello was able to work on some legendary early 80’s albums including John Mellencamp‘s Uh Huh, Aerosmith‘s Rock in a Hard Place, Scandal‘s The Warrior, Twisted Sister‘s Stay Hungry, Cyndi Lauper‘s She’s So Unusual and John Waite‘s No Brakes. As he went out on his own, John had a string of successes recording albums with The Hooters, The Outfield, Patty Smyth and Sophie B. Hawkins. He then gravitated toward the aforementioned bands that were influenced by the rock music he grew up with and loved.
John has the unique ability to step in and do whatever is necessary for a project. He is able to give the direction that is often needed with young bands, while he is equally comfortable with the give and take process that is de rigueur with veteran groups. In every situation, he enables the artist to achieve their vision. John is also extremely versatile. He’ll give songwriting direction, arrangement ideas, play guitar parts or perform harmony vocals— whatever is necessary to make the best sounding record.
Live Turned Out A Punk Episode With Dinosaur Jr. (Live Interview)
Damian Abraham can be many things... the singer of a critically acclaimed band, a failed VJ, a host for Vice…a parent, but certainly he is a punk music obsessive. Each week, he sits down and chats with an interesting person from the far reaching worlds of entertainment to find out how their life was changed by the discovery of a novelty genre that supposedly died out in 1978... PUNK.
Devadas will lead a Kirtan, along with J and others
Devadas is a kirtaniya, composer, writer and artist from Brooklyn, New York. He leads kirtans throughout the world and has recorded a wide variety of acclaimed CDs, including Radio Nada and Brooklyn Mellows, as well as the soon to be released Grand Street Kirtan Sessions. He’s often collaborated with friend, J Mascis and appears on his 2018 record, Elastic Days as well as his 2005 release, J and Friends Sing & Chant for Amma.
For those who may have never experienced kirtan: it's a spiritual practice, native to India, open to all. It involves the devotional call and response chanting of what are considered to be divine names. It's meditative. Intimate, profound, healing, ecstatic & fun.