It’s not common for a reunion to last longer than the original run of a band. Also uncommon for the reunion-era records to be as consistently good as Dinosaur Jr.‘s. Produced by Kurt Vile, “Sweep It Into Space” is the band’s twelfth LP and the fifth since 2005’s original lineup reunion. It sees the band mostly exploring its melodic side without straying much from the typical Dino Jr sound – exactly what we all want from them.
After two very promising EPs back in 2019, Dry Cleaning have finally launched their first long play, ‘New Long Leg’. Here, Florence Shaw’s sharp, deadpan spoken word vocals contrast with the chaotic instrumentation of the English post-punkish art-rockers in one of the most intriguing (and well accomplished) rock and roll albums of 2021.
The Hold Steady was the last band (part of) our team saw before the world has changed, in a year that started recreational, but ended kinda medical. Our yearly pilgrimage to London will unfortunately not happen in 2021, but they’re making up for it with their first proper album since 2014 (not counting 2019’s single collection “Thrashing Thru the Passion”). Our favourite rock band is back. Let’s celebrate like it’s early March 2020, minus the getting ourselves crammed inside a room with no masks on. At least for now.
Bolachas Now Playing, 10/2018 (#137):
Damien Jurado – Over Rainbows and Rainier
S. Carey – Yellowstone
Jordan Lehning – Remember
Jess Williamson – I See the White
Jennifer Castle – Crying Shame
Katie Von Schleicher – Glad To Be Here
Kyle Craft – Heartbreak Junky
Luke Winslow-King – Leghorn Women
Mary Lattimore – Hello from the Edge of the Earth
Jolie Holland, Thor & Friends – Louisiana 1927
Nap Eyes – White Disciple
Nap Eyes – Roses
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
The Men – Killed Someone
Dinosaur Jr. – Hold Unknown
Iceage, Sky Ferreira – Pain Killer
Titus Andronicus – Real Talk
Beach House – Dive
Buck Meek – Cannonball!
Kid Dakota – Pills
The Tallest Man on Earth – An Ocean
Dawes’ new record We’re All Gonna Die was last week’s album of the week.