November 22, 2014by Bob Boilen • The loudest guy in the world came to the Tiny Desk to perform some of his quietest music. Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, for years a guy who’s turned my ears red, showed up armed with just an acoustic guitar. I even had an amp for that guitar all lined up, but he decided to not plug in.
So we get a rare treat: a low-key J Mascis, performing emotional songs from his new album Tied To A Star, as well as Dinosaur Jr.’s classic “Little Fury Things.” If you think Mascis draws all his power from sheer volume, this ought to convince you otherwise.
“Little Fury Things”
“Drifter/Heal The Star”
Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Nick Michael, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Susan Hale Thomas; photo by Susan Hale Thomas