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    NeverBoughtIt
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    In the words of "Comic Book Guy" from The Simpsons, "Best Dinosaur Jr Show Ever!" Well, I don’t know if it was the best, but it was up there among my favorites. The crowd was in to it (including some crowd surfers) and I even rocked out next to Henry Rollins for the evening. The band was pretty tight and we got to hear some new songs, and some old gems.

    Here is the setlist:

    The Lung
    I Want You To Know
    Imagination Blind
    Repulsion
    Pieces
    Plans
    Pick Me Up
    Out There
    Feel The Pain
    Over It
    Back To Your Heart
    The Wagon
    Freakscene
    Raisans
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    Encore:
    Kracked>Sludgefeast

    I hope they come back to L.A. again on this tour.

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    jeremiah
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    Thanks for posting that!
    Here is the Spin review: http://www.spin.com/articles/dinosaur-jr-rock-la-its-1989″>http://www.spin.com/articles/dinosaur-j … a-its-1989

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    Dinosaur Jr. Rock L.A. Like It’s 1989
    Article: Liam Gowing
    Photos: Amy Wallenberg
    [img]http://www.spin.com/sites/spin.com/files/imagecache/huge_page_view/sites/spin.com/files/090623-dinosaur-jr-main_0.jpg[/img]
    Music fans are wise to be leery when they see phrases like "all-original lineup" and "long-anticipated reunion tour" followed by that cracked-out whore of the punctuation world — the exclamation point. We all know what she’s hiding: The fact that the band members are broke and temporarily putting aside mutual hatred for quick cash.

    And while that initially seemed to apply to indie rock progenitors Dinosaur Jr.’s latest tour, the trio proved otherwise Monday night at West Hollywood’s Troubadour, limiting their onstage banter to a "thank you" here and a "here’s a new one" there to allow the music do the talking. And it spoke very, very, very loudly.

    [img]http://www.spin.com/sites/spin.com/files/090623-dinosaur-jr-01.jpg[/img]

    Standing in front of three Marshall stacks fed by a fourth Fender amp and countless effects, Mascis — looking every bit the guitar-geek Gandolf with his flowing white hair — unleashed an aural assault on opener "Tarpit" from 1987’s You’re Living All Over Me. And with original low-ender Lou Barlow (who rejoined in 2005 after a 16-year absence) aggressively strumming his distorted bass and Murph pounding the skins in barely controlled chaos, he never let up.

    The sold-out crowd was witnessing an entirely new Dinosaur: Mascis and Barlow didn’t come to blows, nor did Mascis take over for Murph on drums. And though these dudes have never been exactly glowing beacons of happiness onstage, they did seem to not hate each other — a far cry from their 2005 reunion tour, which, Barlow has admitted, "was all engineered by the manager" in order to "make all this money." For Dinosaur Jr. clichés hold true: time does heal wounds.

    For listeners who’ve only heard Dinosaur Jr. on record, the group’s live show is a real ear-opener, the songs little manifestos: 1993’s "Out There" was a Bloody-er Valentine; 1987’s "Sludge Feast" was a sonnet to atom-smashing noise. And by the time it was all over, Dinosaur Jr. had firmly reestablished themselves as the missing link between hardcore and shoegaze, Sonic Youth and Neil Young.

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    But the beauty of the show was seeing how well the songs from their excellent June release, Farm, compared to the oldies. Although the greatest applause accompanied the tempo-shifting 1994 hit "Feel the Pain," the five Farm tracks the trio played — including the instantly likable rambler "Over It" — had all the punch of the old favorites and a touch more sparkle.

    In fact, as Mascis broke from his characteristic warbling on another of Farm’s bumper crops, "I Want You to Know" — and actually sang its pleading hook "Stay with me" — one couldn’t help but hope he was directing the lyrics at Barlow and Murph… and that they’d listen.

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    andyfest
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    How was "Over It" live? I feel like it’s the most precise use of the wah J has ever employed in one of his songs and just wonder if he pulls it off live (not that I doubt he can – being the guitar god he is). I’m freaking addicted to that song right now.

    I’m so bummed they aren’t coming through Indy this time around. I missed them in Bloomington in April because I was a month into fatherhood and an 1.5 hour drive on a week night seemed impossible at the time…

    #135681
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    gergsie
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    Wow – awesome setlist. A bunch of new songs and also Raisans.

    After a somewhat disappointing show in Milford back in April (same old setlist), I thought I was done seeing Dinosaur, but now I can’t wait for the fall tour.

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    NeverBoughtIt
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    It was a pretty sweet setlist. It would have been great to hear some more off of Dinosaur and Bug, but I guess I’ve heard plenty during their previous reunion shows…not to mention it’s always nice to hear so much from "You’re Living All Over Me." The songs from "Farm" sounded extremely tight, like they have been playing them for years. It was also great to hear "Pick Me Up" and "Back To Your Heart" from "Beyond". I was surprised that they dropped "I Don’t Wanna Go There," but I’ve listened to it so much lately that I don’t feel like I was missing out.

    "Over It’ was great live. J played the wah-wah part all by his lonesome, then the band came in and J just played chords without the wah-wah throughout the song. The song is even catchier live, and even sounded to me like they could use it as a theme song for a TV Show. It’s that catchy!

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    jeremiah
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    Elbit
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    can anyone tell what it says on lous sticker on his bass? i dunno how to post the picture here but its the last one in the link jeremiah posted.

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    perusha
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    Saw the 6/22 Troub show. I’m new to this board but have been seeing the band live since before they added Jr. to the name.
    The 6/22 show was one of the best Dinosaur shows I’ve seen ever. They sounded just ridiculously amazing.

    And ‘I Don’t Wanna Go There’ was played that night and it became one of the most special live music moments I’ve had in a while. Live, this song was just phenomenal. Sounded beautiful and tight and they could have extended the end for additional 10 minutes and I would have been right there with them. Had to pick my bottom jaw from off the floor after that one.

    And yes, he pulls off ‘Over It’ just great.

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    hansjoakim
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    "perusha" wrote:
    Saw the 6/22 Troub show. I’m new to this board but have been seeing the band live since before they added Jr. to the name.
    The 6/22 show was one of the best Dinosaur shows I’ve seen ever. They sounded just ridiculously amazing.

    reading that made me all warm and fuzzy inside… i’m so excited about this tour!

    any chance someone taped any of the troub shows?

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