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    jeremiah
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/de … r-j-mascis
    [attachment=0]SweetApple.jpg[/attachment]

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    Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis has launched a new band, the gently named Sweet Apple. The group, featuring members of Cobra Verde and Witch, are to release their debut album on 30 March 2010.

    Their formation was announced with suitably dramatic language, claiming to have "been born by accident and friendship – out of death, after a cross-country drive". Apparently, singer-guitarist John Petkovic went on a road trip after the death of his mother; he headed east from Cleveland, smoking cigarettes, not knowing where he was headed. Eventually, he met up with Mascis and Witch bassist Dave Sweetapple, both old friends. And Mascis told him to write some songs. "I tell people that I saved John’s life by starting this band," he said. "But they don’t believe me."

    Petkovic enlisted guitarist Tim Parnin, his band-mate from Cobra Verde, and before long they were recording the album Love and Desperation in Cleveland and Massachusetts. "I hadn’t even played guitar for months," Petkovic explained, "and then, out of the blue, there were all these songs." The record was mixed by Don Depew and long-time Dinosaur Jr producer John Agnello.

    While the band’s MySpace songs aren’t currently working, they describe their sound as "a wide net [of] … catchy power-pop, crushing rock and wounded ballads". According to a poster at the Sound Opinion message-board, Petkovic said in September that Sweet Apple have more of a "glam rock" vibe. However, we prefer the genre descriptions chosen by the from MySpace’s default tags: "Powerpop / New Wave / Healing and Easy Listening," they wrote. Just as long as they play it loud.

    http://www.myspace.com/sweetapplesongs

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    mind_glow
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    Interesting..

    #137038
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    Obseqio
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    Is J singing, playing guitar or drums?

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    mind_glow
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    j. mascis (drums/guitar/vocals).. tim parnin (guitar/vocals)… john petkovic (vocals/guitar)… dave sweetapple (bass/vocals)…

    That’s from their myspace

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    bloodyears
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    Listen to Sweet Apple "Do You Remember" here-
    http://downloads.pitchforkmedia.com/Sweet%20Apple%20-%20Do%20You%20Remember.mp3

    Pretty good tune, definitely got a Mascis solo. I don’t usually get into the whole "straight-ahead rock" sound, find it pretty boring, but this is actually good. I think I’d like it even if I didn’t know J was part of it ;)
    Looking forward to hearing more!

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    King Tubby
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    It’s rock-n-roll, plain and simple.

    I like it.

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    squeapler
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    Hello, it’s me, do you remember? LOL…been a while since I posted here and I’m in a little bit of a different place in my life now but still diggin’ the J. Was lucky enough to see the Dino tour last spring in Lancaster PA and the Witch tour in DC in Jan 09. Both rocked mightily and I"m sure Sweet Apple will rock just as hard live. I have been hearing about this record off and on for over a year and wasn’t sure if it was ever going to get released, or was it just something done for fun/ therapeutic value, but glad that it’s finally coming out.

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    mind_glow
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    Agree with You BloodyEars. Never liked that kind of rock. But this got the J drum sound with all his drum-fills that makes it more fun.
    The song reminds me a little of Gumball.

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    essgee09
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    "squeapler" wrote:
    Hello, it’s me, do you remember? LOL…been a while since I posted here and I’m in a little bit of a different place in my life now but still diggin’ the J. Was lucky enough to see the Dino tour last spring in Lancaster PA and the Witch tour in DC in Jan 09. Both rocked mightily and I"m sure Sweet Apple will rock just as hard live. I have been hearing about this record off and on for over a year and wasn’t sure if it was ever going to get released, or was it just something done for fun/ therapeutic value, but glad that it’s finally coming out.

    Yeah I remember you :) welcome back

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    weezerfreak942
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    yuck. sounds a lot like that one song by 38 Special….Hold on Loosely

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    Jon23
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    Drums sound awesome of course… Very loud and up front…

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    rosa
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    The ever modest Mascis!

    #137048
    jeremiah
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    A March 30th release date for the album on TeePee http://www.teepeerecords.com”>http://www.teepeerecords.com

    I love the influences from MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/sweetapplesongs”>http://www.myspace.com/sweetapplesongs

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    J MASCIS – Plays Fender Jazzmaster in Dinosaur Jr.; drums in Witch. Played with Cobra Verde for a spell. Owns hundreds of guitar pedals and dozens of Adidas and pink socks. Favorite color is purple. Worked in a coffee shop in India, even though he doesn’t drink coffee. Spends a lot of money at Whole Foods. Worked at a gas station for his first job, until he got a job in a Japanese restaurant.

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    TIM PARNIN – Guitarist in Cobra Verde. Plays guitar with former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosely. Former clothing designer. Cleveland Cavaliers season ticket holder. Once partied with Shaq. Enjoys a game of golf in his spare time.
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    JOHN PETKOVIC – Frontguy for Cobra Verde. Still gets acting residuals from "The OC," though he’s been told he can’t act. Former aid to the Crown Prince of Yugoslavia. Ex-guitarist in Guided by Voices. Ex-stamp and sea shell collector. Sang on J’s solo records; played bass in J Mascis and the Fog (until he was fired after a miscommunication). Fired from UPS, too. Writes about bars and movies for Cleveland’s daily newspaper. Working on underwear-themed art exbihition. Smokes less, eats more gummy bears.

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    DAVE SWEETAPPLE – Bassist in Witch. Native of Newfoundland, Canada (where they beat baby seals). Newfie separatist. Prefers rock over free jazz. Grew hair long after seeing a photo of the Alice Cooper Band. Natural blonde. Collects rare mushrooms. Loves to shop in a store called Price Chopper. Owns a best-in-breed Scottish Deerhound named Cyril.

    Couple more articles: http://www.baeblemusic.com/pressbuzz/Sweet-Apple-Featuring-J-MascisCobra-Verde-and-Witch-Members-To-Release-Debut-LP?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter”>http://www.baeblemusic.com/pressbuzz/Sw … um=twitter

    http://www.clevescene.com/c-notes/archives/2010/01/25/j-mascis-and-cobra-verde-form-new-band”>http://www.clevescene.com/c-notes/archi … m-new-band

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    jeremiah
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    Yeah Right
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    I think Do You Remember sounds like Husker Du. Which is weird considering that that’s what their name means.

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