February 8, 2003 at 9:54 pm #45740
den Buck says:Quote:Ã¤r stÃ¤mningen spÃ¶klikt andÃ¤ktig men allt som oftast fÃ¶r hans sÃ¤regna uppenbarelse tankarna till en gatumusikant pÃ¥ rymmenFebruary 9, 2003 at 5:13 am #91265
so here’s the whole review and a translation… I am not swedish, but the nordic languages have much in common with eachother.
Mascis – excentrisk som en fÃ¶rrymd gatumusikant
Enmansorkestern J. Mascis Ã¤r en minst sagt speciell konsertupplevelse. Den excentriske indie-ikonen frÃ¥n Dinosaur Jr. kÃ¶r numera under eget namn, vilket innebÃ¤r han sjÃ¤lv, en gitarr och ett gÃ¤ng fÃ¶rinspelade ljudspÃ¥r.
Mascis framfÃ¶r akustiska och avskalade versioner av lÃ¥tar frÃ¥n sÃ¥vÃ¤l Dinosaurs klassiska 90-talsplattor som det egna solomaterialet, och de flesta lÃ¥tarna fungerar bra tack vare hans karaktÃ¤ristiska sÃ¥ngstil och sjÃ¤lfyllda gitarrspel. Och han lÃ¥ter sig verkligen inte begrÃ¤nsas av det enkla formatet. SÃ¥ med andra ord, nÃ¤r det Ã¤r dags fÃ¶r gitarrsolo stampar han i gÃ¥ng det fÃ¶rinspelade kompet, slÃ¥r pÃ¥ disten och sÃ¤tter i gÃ¥ng. Lite som de oupptÃ¤ckta genierna som brukar spela nere i tunnelbanan alltsÃ¥.
Mascis Ã¤r ju lite av oljudens okrÃ¶nte mÃ¤stare, och tro det eller ej, men han lyckas faktiskt prestera ansenliga mÃ¤ngder distat skrammel med bara en halvakustisk gura och nÃ¥gra vÃ¤l anvÃ¤nda effektpedaler. Men det lÃ¥ter ganska mÃ¤rkligt. Och jag kan inte riktigt bestÃ¤mma mig fÃ¶r om det Ã¤r genialiskt eller bara oinspirerat och taffligt. Ibland, som i solot till avslutande "Alone", Ã¤r stÃ¤mningen spÃ¶klikt andÃ¤ktig men allt som oftast fÃ¶r hans sÃ¤regna uppenbarelse tankarna till en gatumusikant pÃ¥ rymmen.
J MASCIS – ECCENTRIC LIKE A STREETMUSICIAN ON THE RUN.
J mascis – the one man band- is a special concert experience to say at least. The eccentric indie-icon from dinosaur jr does ths songs under his own name, which in practical means himself, a guitar and prerecorded sounds ( it’s called a looppedal… – simmons)
Mascis performed acoustic and stripped versions of songs from classical dinosaur albums of the nineties as well as his own solo material, and most of the songs works well thanks to his characteristic singingstyle and soul filled guitarplaying. And he really isn’t limited despite the simple format. In other words, when it’s time for a guitar solo, he stamps to start the prerecorded comp, hits the guitar and starts the show. A bit like the undiscovered geniuses who play in the metro station.
MASTER OF NOISE*
mascis is kind of a uncrowned master of noise* , and believe it or not, he actually manages to produce quite a lot of loud distorted noise using a semiacoustic guitar and some well used effectpedals. it all sounds pretty weird, and I can’t quite decide if it sounds of a genius or just uninspired and less good. Sometimes, like in the solo of "alone" the atmosphere is ghostly devouted, but mostly his peculiar revelation makes me think of a streetmusician on the run.
*tHIS TRANSLATION IS NOT 100% PERFECT, BUT IT CAPTURES THE ESSENCE. NOTE THAT THE WORD noise* COULD ALSO HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED "DISCORDANT" OR MAYBE "EXTREMELY LOUD, GLARE SOUND" , or "very loud distorted sound" or something like that…February 9, 2003 at 9:00 am #91266
Being a swede I can confirm that simmon’s translation was accurate. As for the review.. only ++ out of +++++… grrrrrr, I was at that show and it was incredible. Moreover, I’ve been using the Stockholm metro daily for something like ten years and believe me, there are no street musicians there sounding even remotely like J
Here’s another review of that show:
The guy liked it but he’s dissing all other J shows he’s ever seen in sweden I’ll translate it tonight or tomorrow unless someone else feels like doing it.February 9, 2003 at 9:04 am #91267
Hey simmons, thank you very much for the translation
…seemingly, the author couldn’t decide if he liked J’s show or not
I know how hard it can be to pick the adequate words to catch the meaning (and sometimes: the wit) of the original text
hey simmons & maxini, it’s great that we have the chance to get translations of some of these Scandinavian articlesFebruary 9, 2003 at 4:25 pm #91268
Artist: J Mascis
Plats: KÃ¤gelbanan, Stockholm
Fokuserad Mascis tar revansch
Det mÃ¥ste varit nÃ¥got speciellt med den dÃ¤r njurstenen som fÃ¶rhindrade J Mascis frÃ¥n att genomfÃ¶ra den hÃ¤r konserten tidigare i hÃ¶st. Den mÃ¥ste ha varit en slags spÃ¤rr fÃ¶r honom.
FÃ¶r det har ju varit lika mÃ¤rkligt varje gÃ¥ng. Mascis, en av de senaste femton Ã¥rens frÃ¤msta rockartister och mest innovativa gitarrister, har sÃ¥ fort han stÃ¤llt sig pÃ¥ en scen fÃ¶rvandlats till en platt figur. Okoncentrerad, slarvig och onÃ¶digt lÃ¥ngrandig. Jag har sett honom som frontfigur i Dinosaur Jr, som akustisk soloartist eller, som pÃ¥ fjolÃ¥rets Hultsfredsfestival, tillsammans med kompbandet The Fog. Alltid med samma resultat.
Men inte nu alltsÃ¥. Den hÃ¤r gÃ¥ngen verkar Mascis fullstÃ¤ndigt fokuserad pÃ¥ sin uppgift. Senast han var hÃ¤r pÃ¥ egen hand med akustisk gitarr var inte det fallet. DÃ¥ blev en del lÃ¥tar halvfÃ¤rdiga, andra drogs ut alldeles fÃ¶r lÃ¥ngt. Det gav ett vÃ¤ldigt splittrat intryck.
DÃ¥ anvÃ¤nde han heller inte distpedalen lika frekvent. HÃ¤r blir den en pÃ¥minnelse om hur Mascis lÃ¥ter som gitarrist pÃ¥ skiva – som ljudet av sÃ¥gklingor pÃ¥ hÃ¶gsta hastigheten blandat med, faktiskt, Prince – samtidigt som den bryter av mot "ensam-smÃ¥gnÃ¤llig-amerikan-med-akustisk-gitarr"-lunken. Ibland, nÃ¤r de distade inslagen av oljud blir vÃ¤ldigt korta, fÃ¥r de nÃ¤stan komisk effekt, men oftast fungerar de fÃ¶rvÃ¥nansvÃ¤rt bra. Han sjunger till och med hyggligt trÃ¤ffsÃ¤kert. Och Ã¤ven om det kanske inte Ã¤r nÃ¥gon stor konsert i vanlig mening Ã¤r det med MascismÃ¥tt mÃ¤tt en liten revansch i alla fall.
Focused Mascis takes revenge
There must have been something special with that kidney stone that prevented J Mascis from going through with this concert earlier this autumn. It must have been some sort of block for him.
For it has been equally weird every time. Mascis, one of the prime rock artists and most innovative guitarists of the last fifteen years, has, as soon as going on a stage, been transformed into a flat figure. Unconcentrated, sloppy and unnecessarily long-winded. I have seen him as the front figure in Dinosaur Jr, as an acoustic solo artist or, like on last year’s Hultsfred festival, along with the backup band The Fog. Always with the same result.
But not not this time though. This time Mascis seems completely focused on his task. This wasn’t the case last time he was here on his own with an acoustic guitar. Then, a lot of songs were left half-finished, others were stretched out far too long. It gave a very severed impression.
That time he didn’t use the distortion pedal as frequently either. Here it becomes a reminder of what Mascis sounds like as a guitarist on records – like the sounds of saw-blades on highest speed mixed with, in fact, Prince – at the same time as it contrasts to the "lonely-whining-american-with-acoustic-guitar" trot. Sometimes, when the distorted streaks of noise are very short, they get an almost comic effect, but most of the time they work surprisingly well. He even sings fairly on key. And even if it may not be a grand concert in the usual sense, it is nevertheless a little revenge when measured with the Mascis system of units.
any time it seemed ok, had to wreck it couldn’t waitFebruary 9, 2003 at 5:54 pm #91269
Hey, simmons & maxini, thanks a lot for the translations!April 13, 2003 at 6:28 am #91270
Here’s another Scandinavian show review, about the Oslo Show on Dec. 13th, 2002 with pics (although the polite photographer didn’t use a flash… )April 13, 2003 at 7:34 am #91271
here’s a quick and nonstrict translation
which captures the essence in this somewhat personal, non journalistic review. probably some spelling mistakes by me there, but that’s just charming isn’t it…
j MASCIS CHARMS soWHAT
j MASCIS and dinosau jr were in many ways part of laing the fundament in what was to become the "alternative" wave in the nineties. 13th of september he was to be found at sowhat.
13 th of december in the cigarette smokefilled cellar hall. soldout. it’s an event eventhough he’s been here before. J mascis is a legend – in his right – for his contribution to music history with dinosaur jr.
the concert was originally supposed to be earlier in autumn, but J’s gallarbladder made an effective stop for this. for me personally this was luckydraw cause I’d been too lazy buying a ticket in time. this time I was faster on my feet and bought a returned ticket on sowhat’s ticket and musicstore "soreal" which probably a pennyless student had returned.
J showed up this friday without a band – wearing a black electro harmonix t -shirt. J looked a bit older than last time ( 16th of june 2001 simmons) – and he had double chin and horn glasses. the only thing he had with him was a acoustic guitar, a phrase-sampler and some stompboxes. last time I saw the guy – in middle east boston, usa – he had a full band included mike watt (of minitemen fame). this time a man with a guitar – a brutal but honest medium. without good songs noone would survive that.
the concert started. For those who wished to hear old tunes this night was full of presents. to put i like this – J played more tunes from "dinosaur" 1985. (all the three good songs on the album actually: repulsion, severed lips, quest) than the new record. J varied between using clean acoutic sound and distorted sound ( a real distorted sound,- probably a bigmuff.)
then the classic tunes came on running on a conveyor belt: freakscene, get me, even a cover of the cure’s just like heaven from a dinosaur Ep in 1989.
The times J played solos, he used the phrase-sampler to reccord and play the backing track- and cut loose. it worked very well. the solos he did with the acoustic guitar were totally raw – the man is a uncrowned king of guitarsolos.
the concert ended with the wagon from greenmind 91′. a bit funny that the tune which got me hooked on dinosaur jr about elleven years ago, was the final tune for the night. One thing we all could agree on – all the people at the concert – J Mascis is still kingApril 13, 2003 at 8:23 am #91272
hey simmons, thanks a lot for the great & quick translation!"simmons" wrote:probably some spelling mistakes by me there, but that’s just charming isn’t it…
definitely! …being a non-native-English-speaker myself, what else could I say
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