Electric guitar wizard and Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo teamed up with one of his 80s alt-rock brethren – J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. – to cover the instrumental Fleetwood Mac number “Albatross,” a song originally recorded in 1969 and released during the Mac’s heady pre-Buckingham / Nicks era. You can stream their cover below, and compare it against a live BBC performance of the original from 1970. “Albatross” will appear on Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac, which will be released in August by Starbucks’ Hear Music label, and will also feature contributions from Best Coast, Marianne Faithful, The New Pornographers and Tame Impala. Lee Ranaldo Band will be joining us next week for the XPoNential Music Festival; they play the Jersey Arts Marina stage on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. You can pick up your tickets or passes here; early bird prices for the festival have been extended through July 11.
Dinosaur Jr. is going to perform its classic album Bug in its entirety at the Electric Factory on Friday, June 24th; tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon. Henry Rollins will also be interviewing the band on stage during the show. With a recent solo acoustic album out, J Mascis will be joining Dinosaur Jr. original members Lou Barlow and Emmett Murphy. Also on the bill is the band Off!, which includes original Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, Steven McDonald of Redd Kross, Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes), and Dimitri Coats from Philly’s Burning Brides. Below, a video of the song “Freak Scene” from Bug.
J Mascis performs with Kurt Vile And The Violators at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $23-$43. Alexi Murdoch performs with Sam Amidon at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT.
Also playing: The Sounds of Kaleidoscope + Ancient Creature, The Company Corvette at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Chris Forsyth And The Paranoid Cat Band (LP-release show) + D. Charles Speer, Pigeons, Vapour Theories (8 p.m., 21+, $8)
Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis is releasing a solo album called Several Shades Of Why on March 15th on Sub Pop Records. Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell contributes to the song “Is It Done” (which you can download below); the album also features appearances by Philly’s Kurt Vile and Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene.
Mark your calendars, as J and Kurt are playing March 23rd at World Cafe Live.
This March, Philly’s own Kurt Vile will be touring in support of his upcoming Matador Records release, Smoke Ring For My Halo, which is due March 8th. J Mascis—whose new solo acoustic album, Several Shades Of Why, comes out on Sub Pop Records on March 15th—will join Vile on the tour, which kicks off in Ithaca, NY, on March 10th and stops at World Cafe Live on Wednesday, March 23rd.
The full set of tour dates can be found at Matador Records’ website; you can listen to a track from Vile’s upcoming record below.