Live at Pygmalion Music Festival 2012
Recorded at Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana United States
Amherst United States
Amherst’s finest with a typically blistering set at Pygmalion Festival 2012. Microphones were harmed during the making of this recording.
Things changed when _(artist-name)Dinosaur Jr_ released _(album-title)You’re Living All Over Me_ on SST Records in 1987. In a sub culture that was still in awe of Black Flag’s machismo, the dejected whine of _(artist-name)J Mascis_’ voice, the (albeit violent) beauty of the songwriting and the equally noise-drenched and classicist guitar solos introduced a musical language that tapped directly into the experience of America’s suburban youth. And while the sheer volume of their live shows quickly became the stuff of legend, the record also included bassist _(artist-name)Lou Barlow_’s homerecorded track _(song-title)Poledo_ that is the blueprint for countless lo-fi releases in its wake. Yet the following years were not pretty, with personal relationships in the band quickly deteriorating. By the next album, Mascis would have Barlow scream “Why don't you like me”, over and over again, over five minutes of explosive noise. At the height of the alternative music boom of the nineties that owed so much of its musical backbone to the band, drummer Murph had also left the band, and Mascis, who had started as a drummer himself, played more and more of the instruments on records that all did okay, without outstanding commercial or, arguably, artistic success to their name. In the light of all this, it seems even more unlikely, that of all bands of their era to reform, they were the ones that went beyond cashing in on the revival circuit, instead returning to the studio as a band finally at ease with their strengths, producing albums that effortlessly took up where their early work left off.