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    AGAP
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    This is from late July, before the Modest Mouse show 8)

    I’d definitely buy flowers from J :wink:

    coloradoan.com

    Behold a musical god

    Indie rock icon J. Mascis primed for solo show at the Fillmore
    By ANNA MARIA BASQUEZ
    AnnaBasquezcoloradoan.com

    J. MASCIS
    BIO BOX

    Musician: J. Mascis (Joseph Donald Jr. Mascis)

    Profession: Founder, vocalist and guitarist for J. Mascis and the Fog

    Genre: Rock

    Age he started playing: Drums, age 10; guitar, age 17

    Native: Massachusetts

    Age: 38

    Early influences: "Deep Purple, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, before I discovered punk rock."

    The song that put him on the musical map: " ‘Freak Scene’ on one level and ‘Feel the Pain’ in another way."

    On the phone he sounds like: Deadpan comedian Steven Wright (both are from Massachusetts)

    The late Kurt Cobain begged him to join Nirvana.
    Biographies call him one of the most influential rockers of ’90s music.

    Fans call him "a freaking GOD."

    J. Mascis, mastermind of the influential underground rock band Dinosaur Jr. and founder of J. Mascis and the Fog, is known as an independent rock icon who helped define slacker and grunge rock worldwide.

    He’s a musician who has found excellence in remaining spontaneous.

    "I always just kinda do what I feel like doing," he said in an interview Wednesday from outside Boston. "I have no plan." (:aliensmile:)

    And he never followed in the cover song footsteps of anyone.

    "I didn’t know any covers. I just started doing my own songs," said Mascis, who performs a solo show Monday at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium.

    "I’ll play songs from all different eras," he said. "I usually just cover all the stuff."

    He’s back from a tour of Australia with Sonic Youth.

    On Wednesday he was selling flowers as part of his work for Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Ammachi, the world-renowned "hugging" saint and philanthropist from India.

    "Sometimes she hugs 500 people a day," he said. "She is this Mother Teresa kind of person. In India, she has free hospitals for the poor and free houses. I’m working for her while she’s in America. I play music while she’s hugging people, and do different things. Right now I’m selling flowers. I remember I got a hug from her 10 years ago and I wanted to get more into it. She’s helped me, and it feels good to help her because she’s helping so many people."

    J. Mascis made his way onto the music scene 20 years ago with the release of Dinosaur Jr.’s first album "Dinosaur" in 1985.

    He was in the throes of masterminding Dinosaur Jr. when Cobain asked him to be Nirvana’s drummer.

    Dinosaur Jr. reached legend status in many circles after releasing the records "You’re Living All Over Me (1987)" and "Bug (1988)" and seeing a lot of MTV limelight.

    After the demise of Dinosaur Jr., Mascis picked up right where he left off, forming J. Mascis and the Fog with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices).

    J. Mascis is working on a re-release of Dinosaur Jr.’s first three albums that have long been out of print, as well as finishing a studio in his home.

    Epitonic.com described his performance as "a classic post-punk evening," sometimes joined by other equally respected rockers in his genre. "Just wear earplugs."

    Originally published Thursday, July 22, 2004

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    cool find … wonder where he was selling flowers ? at one of the stops on her n.american tour maybe ?

    over here, the uk amma followers are currently trying to come up w/money making ideas to fund her london visit in october this year …

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    Amma was just in Toronto, caught a bit of an interview with her on national news. She talked about trying to awaken the mother in all people. The crowds looked overwhelming, tons of people lining up forever.

    Sounds like he may have been working for her in a few locations, wonder what kind of music he plays for the crowds :aliensmile:

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    cool find, CG. great to know that J is doing what makes him feel good :)

    In this topic, ammaringnyc describes the music a bit:
    So I just woke up from seeing J a few hours ago.

    "ammaringnyc" wrote:
    The music was kinda folky. An accoustic with a guy singing , some tabla and electronic drums, bass and J playing an electric clean. The songs were about amma, mother, love, openess etc. It was a great coincidence.
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    "Flying Cloud" wrote:
    cool find, CG. great to know that J is doing what makes him feel good :)

    In this topic, ammaringnyc describes the music a bit:
    So I just woke up from seeing J a few hours ago.

    "ammaringnyc" wrote:
    The music was kinda folky. An accoustic with a guy singing , some tabla and electronic drums, bass and J playing an electric clean. The songs were about amma, mother, love, openess etc. It was a great coincidence.

    Thanks, forgot about that.

    Seems J’s still finishing up his studio 8)

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    rambleon
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    Seems J’s still finishing up his studio

    did j say that ? is that why he has no definite new-album plans as of yet ? …

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    It’s near the end of the above interview, he must have said something to the interviewer about it :aliensmile:

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    FlyingCloud
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    yeah that was what I also read out of the line quite in the bottom of the interview:

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    J. Mascis is working on a re-release of Dinosaur Jr.’s first three albums that have long been out of print, as well as finishing a studio in his home.

    …sounds like he mentioned that towards the interviewer. although, I can’t imagine a home studio would ever be ultimately "finished"… :P
    but of course it’d be great if he could record there etc.

    new record… this is all what we’ve heard about that topic, so far:

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    The new Fog will likely record in late summer, more details will be posted as time goes along.

    (from this topic)

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    rambleon
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    oh, ha ! i missed that … duhhhhhhhhh …. :D

    in my defence, it’s damn hot over here right now … (about 29C and no wind) … ugh … i think my poor brain has melted … :lol: :shock:

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    rambleon
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    oh yeah + there’s almost no air con over here – especially in private homes … aaaaahhh … the sob story continues … are you feeling sorry for me yet ? :D

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    When I talked to him he did sound like anything was coming out very soon. I think he will probably record some tracks but won’t come out with a new album till after or around the reissues.

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    Aatos
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    "After the demise of Dinosaur Jr., Mascis picked up right where he left off, forming J. Mascis and the Fog with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices). "

    Hmm?? That is not true or is it? I think Pollard just did vocals on one track or something..?

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    "Aatos" wrote:
    "After the demise of Dinosaur Jr., Mascis picked up right where he left off, forming J. Mascis and the Fog with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices). "

    Hmm?? That is not true or is it? I think Pollard just did vocals on one track or something..?

    Pollard did some backing vocals on 3 songs on More Light :)

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