:: A collection of wonderful songs. Strongly recommended!
Back in 2011, Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis released his solo debut album Several Shades of Why which couldn’t have been more of a surprise. The alternative rock and grunge musician switched styled and ventured onto more folkier grounds, and he continues this solo path with his sophomore LP Tied to a Star. The LP won’t be out before next Monday, but you can already check it out in full by now.
Tied to a Star drops officially in the UK/Europe on August 25, 2014 via Sub Pop. North American release follows on August 26. The LP will be available as download, CD and 12″ vinyl LP. You can pre-order digitally from iTunes or physically from J Mascis’ online store or directly from Sub Pop.
The album is streaming in its entirety (until release day) over at NPR.org/music (US), NME (UK) or Exclaim! (Canada). Tied to a Star is written, recorded and produced by J Mascis. Mixed by longtime Dinsoaur Jr. collaborator John Agnello at Bisquiteen Studios in Amherst, Massachusetts, the album also features Cat Power‘s Chan Marshall.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Mascis said of his new album: “There’s not many other people on the record,” Mascis said. “So I’ll just tour by myself for it probably. I put out a record a couple of years ago like that. I got this guy Ken, a local guy, to play piano. And Paul from Black Heart Procession does a couple things. The last album had a lot of different people. This one I didn’t have that much.”
Wide Awake is the second track unveiled off of Tied to a Star, listen to it above. Mascis will be touring North America from September to November. You can check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the previously shared album track Every Morning.
01. Me Again
02. Every Morning
03. Heal The Star
04. Wide Awake
06. And Then
08. Trailing Off
09. Come Down
10. Better Plane
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 24 Sep 2014 // Hamden, CT, USA // The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Thu 25 Sep 2014 // Philadelphia, PA, USA // World Cafe Live
Fri 26 Sep 2014 // Baltimore, MD, USA // Ottobar
Sat 27 Sep 2014 // Chapel Hill, NC, USA // Local 506
Sun 28 Sep 2014 // Asheville, NC, USA // Grey Eagle
Mon 30 Sep 2014 // Birmingham, AL, USA // Bottletree
The full touring schedule is available here.