J Mascis announces new album

J Mascis announces new album 'Elastic Days'
J Mascis 'Elastic Days'

J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) will release Elastic Days, his third solo album for Sub Pop, on November 9th. “See You At The Movies,” the first song to be released from the album, has a fully evolved sense of identity and loss hanging over it, and features the classic couplet, “I don’t peak too early/I don’t peak at all.” The track is now available to stream. Prior to the release of Elastic Days, Mascis will embark on a 23-date North American run, with Sub Pop labelmates Luluc opening a number of shows.

Nov. 07 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
Nov. 08 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Nov. 09 – Seattle, WA – Tractor
Nov. 10 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
Nov. 14 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Nov. 15 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Nov. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
Nov. 17 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
Nov. 18 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s
Nov. 20 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
Nov. 21 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
Nov. 27 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
Nov. 28 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
Nov. 29 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
Nov. 30 – Detroit, MI – El Club
Dec. 01 – Toronto, ON – Great Hall
Dec. 04 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe
Dec. 05 – Washington, DC – City Winery
Dec. 07 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Dec. 08 – New York, NY – Public Arts
Dec. 09 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
Dec. 12 – Providence, RI – The Met
Dec. 13 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Dec. 14 – Northampton, MA – The Academy of Music
Dec. 15 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall

J Mascis
Elastic Days

1. See You At The Movies
2. Web So Dense
3. I Went Dust
4. Sky Is All We Had
5. Picking Out the Seeds
6. Give It Off
7. Drop Me
8. Cut Stranger
9. Elastic Days
10. Sometimes
11. Wanted You Around
12. Everything She Said

J says he’ll be taking this album on the road later in the year. He’ll be playing by himself, but unlike other solo tours he says he’ll be standing up this time. “I used to just sit down and build a little fort around myself — amps, music stands, drinks stands, all that stuff. But I just realized it sounds better if the amps are higher up because I’m so used to playing with stacks. So I’ll stand this time.”

I ask if it’s not pretty weird to stand alone on a big stage. “Yeah,” he says. “But it’s weird sitting down too.” Ha. Good point. One needs to be elastic. In all things.

–Byron Coley