Dinosaur Jr. are the latest artists to take to NPR‘s Tiny Desk (Home) concert series.
The band performed in an empty Shea Theater in Turners Falls, Massachusetts where they delivered a five-song set. Dinosaur Jr. set up around a whole slew of oddities, rivalling the likes of the usual NPR Tiny Desk. The band was surrounded by stuffed animals and a Mork action figure. They even set up a copy of John Denver & The Muppets’ A Christmas Together.
J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph perform three tracks from their recent album, Sweep It Into Space. They delivered some amazing takes of “I Ain’t,” “Garden,” and “I Ran Away.” Alongside the new tunes, they also played some hit classics like 1994’s “Feel the Pain” and 1988’s “Freak Scene.”
Watch Dinosaur Jr.’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert below.
About Dinosaur Jr.’s Sweep It Into Space:
Dinosaur Jr.’s Sweep It Into Space was their first new album in five years. J Mascis and co. delivered one of their best albums with 2012’s I Bet on Sky, and offered up some riff-heavy grunge anthems on 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not. Most recently, the band shared their breeziest album yet with Sweep It Into Space. It was created with co-producer Kurt Vile and then completed by Mascis during last year’s quarantine.
The trio deliver everything from power-pop anthems on “And Me” to their quintessential fiery solos on “I Met the Stones” and “Hide Another Round.” They still explore new sonic territory with Vile offering his own sound to the mix. Get ready for 12 guitar-powered tracks that weave in and out of grungy, sludgy lines and jangly riffs.
Revisit Sweep It Into Space below.
Mascis explains that, after being unable to complete the album with Vile due to COVID-19, he ended up “mimicking a few things” Vile had began.
“I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that dueling twin lead sound,” Mascis continues. “But the recording session was pretty well finished by the time things really hit the fan. When the lockdown happened in March, that meant I was on my own. But it was cool.”