Amherst, Massachusetts in 1984 and J Mascis and Lou Barlow (who had played in the short-lived hardcore band Deep Wound) are joined by drummer Murph to form one of the most influential guitar bands of the decade. Dinosaur Jr. debuted with almost self-titled Dinosaur on the local Homestead label in 1985 before signing to Black Flag's STT imprint. Mascis' formula of simple songs with shards of feedback struck an immediate cord on 1987's You're Living All Over Me and the following year's Bug which made the band kings of the underground. However tensions between the band's two main players led stubborn chief songwriter Mascis to tell Barlow the band was breaking up, before reforming the next day without Barlow who would go onto concentrate on his then side project Sebedoh.
With a changing cast of replacements on bass, the band signed to Sire and their major label debut Green Mind was released to a lukewarm critical chorus while their support band of that year's tour Nirvana were catapulted to the forefront of early 90's US tastemaking music. However the changed landscape allowed Dinosaur Jr. a little more mainstream success with their following albums 1993's Where You Been, 94's Without A Sound and 97's Hand It Over. The band broke up, more permanently this time, after the latter album and reformed, with Barlow back in toe to tour around a number of reissues in 2005. A first album in ten years, Beyond, followed before album number nine Farm was released in 2009.
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As the old saying goes… if it aint broke, don’t fix it. So it comes as no surprise then that Farm, Dinosaur Jr’s ninth studio album and fifth recorded by the original line up of J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph brings nothing new to the table within their world of fuzzy...