Last year it was The Lemonheads (aka Evan Dando) who surprised us with a solid comeback record, instilling a refreshing wave of early 90's nostalgia into the indie rock scene. Now this year J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph (the recently re-united original line-up of Dinosaur Jr.) are the ones bringing back fond memories of my high school days with their upcoming album Beyond. It does seem a little strange that they are finally starting to live up to their name (perhaps Dinosaur Sr. would be a bit more appropriate), but this album definitely delivers with its sharp and fuzzy guitar riffs, crashing percussion and Mascis' familiar slacker vocals.
Even though I wasn't much more than a casual fan when I was younger, hearing this stuff just gives me goosebumps because it's almost like that era of "alternative rock" never really ended. I was hoping to post a couple of different songs, but alas it seems that every other blog except for the mighty Pitchfork is getting hounded by legal threats so I'm not even going to bother. These are the two songs that are freely available out there right now, but I'm sure you can find the whole album if you really wanted. Beyond hits stores on May 1st.
» Bonus Track: Almost Ready