I recently stumbled online across his latest musical project: J. Mascis and the Fog. You can download a few free and legal mp3s from Epitonic (“Same Day” is particularly good) and a whole lot more from their official website. If you’re a fan of non-stupid riff-heavy rock, this is the music for you.
I’m not sure if having these mp3s now makes me more or less likely to buy a CD, but I think I’m more inclined to go check out the album featuring “Same Day.” There’s nothing like this being played on the radio right now, so I don’t know how else I would have heard this. Major record labels and commercial radio are clearly now just an irritating appendage to music, rather than something that fulfills any sort of useful function. Well, I guess this has always been the case, but it’s only gotten worse. I hear the same dozen songs or so over and over and over. And as I’ve said before, it’s not that I’m a snob about popular music, but why are we forced to hear such a limited range of artists and styles? It’s frustrating.
So check out Epitonic, a website that bills itself as “your source for cutting edge music” and find something you otherwise might not have heard.
By the way, Mascis’ guitar of choice appears to be a Fender Jazzmaster, but I did find a picture of him playing a Telecaster, albeit one that’s a lot more glammed up than mine. Strangely, there’s something reassuring about musicians you dig playing the same instrument as you (e.g. Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood plays a Tele that looks a lot like mine). Silly, I know.