I'd been a fan of Dinosaur Jr. for years by the time I arrived in New York City in 2005, but it wasn't until I saw them live for the first time later that year, while on assignment for Rolling Stone at a tiny and now defunct club on Manhattan's West Side, that I truly understood the power of this trio. Their set, one of the first from the reunited original lineup since their split in 1988, was an alt-rock monster. Unaware of the sheer volume, I stood at the front of the stage. I was temporarily deaf following the show—no joke.
So, if you like your guitar riffs big and distorted, and your frontmen to look like the grunge version of The Addams Family's Cousin Itt, then Dinosaur Jr. should be one of your favorite bands (if they aren't already). And now one of your (and my) favorite bands are set to return on September 18 with I Bet On Sky, their third full-length album since their 2005 reunion.
According to a statement, bassist Lou Barlow, who went on to form Sebadoh following his departure in the late-'80s, contributes two tracks to the 10-song effort, while singer-guitarist J Mascis pens the other eight. Drummer Murph continues to crush the drums, natch. The effort follows Mascis' 2011 Sub Pop solo album, Several Shades of Why, which is awesome and totally worth a listen.
To get excited for the new Dinosaur Jr. album, let's revisit the band's best songs and videos, shall we? And there are many, but here are the six bestestestest, from their cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" to their classic single "Feel the Pain" and its hilarious video, to the Thurston Moore-starring clip for "Been There All the Time." Check 'em out below, then tell me what you think about Dino Jr. in the comments.
Dinosaur Jr., "Keeblin'"
Dinosaur Jr., "Feel the Pain"
Dinosaur Jr., "Just Like Heaven"
Dinosaur Jr., "The Wagon"
Dinosaur Jr., "Been There All the Time"
Dinosaur Jr., "Freak Scene"