Dinosaur Jr. by Dinosaur Jr. is the first official book to tell the story of the band, by the band. It is filled with loads of rare and unseen images, including pics from the band’s families, friends, and photographers who have been around since even before Deep Wound and Mogo. There’s a ton of fantastic visual ephemera, including whacked pics of Lou and Murph as kids, J with short hair and High School yearbook poses (guess who was voted ‘Most Optimistic’?).
The text of Dinosaur Jr. by Dinosaur Jr. is made up of new interviews exclusive to the book, with J, Lou and Murph candidly telling their side of the story, along with former members Mike Johnson and George Berz, and long-time friends of the band. This is their story, told in all its weirdness and warped beauty by the people who were there.
Dinosaur Jr. by Dinosaur Jr., published by Rocket 88 Books is available exclusively from dinosaurjrbook.com, and will be delivered in November. Along with the full-color, hardback “Classic Edition”– which comes on heavy-weight paper with art by Marq Spusta, wrapped in purple cloth with foil details– an expanded, limited “Signature Edition” will be available. It includes the addition of a detailed tour diary kept from 1987-1988 by the band’s roadie Jon Fetler, who also took behind-the-scenes candid photos. The “Signature Edition” comes in a clamshell box with three art prints, and the set is signed by the band.
Dinosaur Jr. are getting their own capsule collection from Mishka. It includes four T-shirts from four different designers (Mark Todd, Mike Sutfin, Johnny Sampson, and Mishka’s own in-house team), as well as a varsity jacket and a bunch of different hats. The line will debut 10/23 at Mishka’s Brooklyn shop, where J Mascis will do a signing at 6PM. Immediately after that, Mascis will play a solo show at Brooklyn’s the Flat, with Speedy Ortiz opening up.
The Keep + Dinosaur Jr. collaboration is now available at www.keepcompany.com! This extremely limited project was produced in an edition of 360. Designed by J Mascis and using Keep’s desert boot Shaheen silhouette, the Keep + Dinosaur Jr. shoe features a deep violet, vegan microsuede body and an embroidered guitar strap accent patterned after one of J’s own straps. Each pair will come with a 7″ picture disc, featuring J Mascis’ warm and ethereal cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”. This track has never been released to the public until now.
Sharing a deep respect for her compassionate work, Keep + Dinosaur Jr. proudly support the non-profit organization of Mata Amritanandamayi, widely know as Amma.
Dinosaur Jr. and Skullcandy have teamed up to release a limited edition collector’s package. The bundle includes Dinosaur Jr. customized Aviator headphones, along with unreleased music on color vinyl. The packages are limited to 500 production units, with the 2-song 7” records, released with 100 packages containing green-splatter, and 400 with purple records. Beginning Wednesday July 10th, the tracks “The Only Other Way” and “The Lung (Live)” will be streaming at Skullcandy.com.
The Aviator headphones are mixed to provide attacking bass, natural vocals, and precision highs that will deliver the purest experience in audio, no matter the genre. They feature soft leather touch memory foam ear pillows for maximum comfort and a detachable cable for ultimate mobility. They are built with the highest-grade materials to ensure unmatched durability and style. The collector’s bundle will be released on Sunday, July 14th and will be available at limited specialty music retailers with an MSRP of $299.99. More information at skullcandy.com
In celebration of this release, J Mascis will perform solo at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on Sunday, July 14th at 5pm. The event is free, and early arrival is suggested. More information about the in-store here at amoeba.com.
Marking the send-off of longtime cast members Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, this weekend J appeared in a skit on Saturday Night Live alongside SNL’s Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Taran Killam, as well as Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, and the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones. Watch it here: