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    Bucky Ramone
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    A Swedish review

    den Buck says:

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    är stämningen spöklikt andäktig men allt som oftast för hans säregna uppenbarelse tankarna till en gatumusikant på rymmen

    :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :wink:

    #91265

    simmons
    Participant

    so here’s the whole review and a translation… :wink: I am not swedish, but the nordic languages have much in common with eachother.

    Mascis Рexcentrisk som en f̦rrymd gatumusikant

    Enmansorkestern J. Mascis är en minst sagt speciell konsertupplevelse. Den excentriske indie-ikonen från Dinosaur Jr. kör numera under eget namn, vilket innebär han själv, en gitarr och ett gäng förinspelade ljudspår.
    Mascis framför akustiska och avskalade versioner av låtar från såväl Dinosaurs klassiska 90-talsplattor som det egna solomaterialet, och de flesta låtarna fungerar bra tack vare hans karaktäristiska sångstil och själfyllda gitarrspel. Och han låter sig verkligen inte begränsas av det enkla formatet. Så med andra ord, när det är dags för gitarrsolo stampar han i gång det förinspelade kompet, slår på disten och sätter i gång. Lite som de oupptäckta genierna som brukar spela nere i tunnelbanan alltså.

    Oljudens mästare
    Mascis är ju lite av oljudens okrönte mästare, och tro det eller ej, men han lyckas faktiskt prestera ansenliga mängder distat skrammel med bara en halvakustisk gura och några väl använda effektpedaler. Men det låter ganska märkligt. Och jag kan inte riktigt bestämma mig för om det är genialiskt eller bara oinspirerat och taffligt. Ibland, som i solot till avslutande "Alone", är stämningen spöklikt andäktig men allt som oftast för hans säregna uppenbarelse tankarna till en gatumusikant på rymmen.

    the translation…

    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… :idea: – 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…

    :wink:

    #91266

    maxini
    Participant

    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 :roll:

    Here’s another review of that show:

    Fokuserad Mascis tar revansch

    The guy liked it but he’s dissing all other J shows he’s ever seen in sweden :evil: I’ll translate it tonight or tomorrow unless someone else feels like doing it.

    #91267

    FlyingCloud
    Participant

    Hey simmons, thank you very much for the translation :!: :D

    …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 :P

    hey simmons & maxini, it’s great that we have the chance to get translations of some of these Scandinavian articles :mrgreen:

    #91268

    maxini
    Participant

    Original text:

    Artist: J Mascis
    Plats: Kägelbanan, Stockholm

    Fokuserad Mascis tar revansch

    Det måste varit något speciellt med den där njurstenen som förhindrade J Mascis från att genomföra den här konserten tidigare i höst. Den måste ha varit en slags spärr för honom.

    För det har ju varit lika märkligt varje gång. Mascis, en av de senaste femton årens främsta rockartister och mest innovativa gitarrister, har så fort han ställt sig på en scen förvandlats till en platt figur. Okoncentrerad, slarvig och onödigt långrandig. Jag har sett honom som frontfigur i Dinosaur Jr, som akustisk soloartist eller, som på fjolårets Hultsfredsfestival, tillsammans med kompbandet The Fog. Alltid med samma resultat.

    Men inte nu alltså. Den här gången verkar Mascis fullständigt fokuserad på sin uppgift. Senast han var här på egen hand med akustisk gitarr var inte det fallet. Då blev en del låtar halvfärdiga, andra drogs ut alldeles för långt. Det gav ett väldigt splittrat intryck.

    DÃ¥ använde han heller inte distpedalen lika frekvent. Här blir den en pÃ¥minnelse om hur Mascis lÃ¥ter som gitarrist pÃ¥ skiva – som ljudet av sÃ¥gklingor pÃ¥ högsta hastigheten blandat med, faktiskt, Prince – samtidigt som den bryter av mot "ensam-smÃ¥gnällig-amerikan-med-akustisk-gitarr"-lunken. Ibland, när de distade inslagen av oljud blir väldigt korta, fÃ¥r de nästan komisk effekt, men oftast fungerar de förvÃ¥nansvärt bra. Han sjunger till och med hyggligt träffsäkert. Och även om det kanske inte är nÃ¥gon stor konsert i vanlig mening är det med MascismÃ¥tt mätt en liten revansch i alla fall.

    Mattias Dahlström



    Translation:

    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.



    Oh well..
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    any time it seemed ok, had to wreck it couldn’t wait

    #91269

    Bucky Ramone
    Participant

    Hey, simmons & maxini, thanks a lot for the translations!

    8) 8)

    #91270

    FlyingCloud
    Participant

    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… :P )

    www2.urbanexpression.net :? :?:

    #91271

    simmons
    Participant

    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… :lol:

    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 king

    #91272

    FlyingCloud
    Participant

    hey simmons, thanks a lot for the great & quick translation! :D

    "simmons" wrote:
    probably some spelling mistakes by me there, but that’s just charming isn’t it… :lol:

    definitely! …being a non-native-English-speaker myself, what else could I say :P :wink:

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