Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “I Want to Know” by Dinosaur Jr. from the 2009 album, Farm, on Jagjaguwar.
We found out thanks to Mascis, Barlow, and Murph that there is such a thing as too loud, with the recent recall of Euro editions of Farm -- but the question looms: really? Too loud?
Not in the case of Dinosaur Jr. It must be a matter of too many fragile ears getting a hold of powerful riffage and distorted melodies and not knowing what to do with them -- after all, it’s been a while since earthly ears have paid any attention to the alternative and punk sounds from the 80s and 90s, choosing to lighten up to the sounds of Death Cab for Cutie and The Decemberists. 2007′s Beyond reminded us, not only how awesome Dinosaur Jr. was and is, but that having a healthy, heaping dose of rock guitar in the indie scene is the shot in the arm many of us need. “I Want You to Know” brings back memories of the tighter, peppier Dinosaur Jr. circa Green Mind through Without a Sound, but it still sounds fresh and it maintains the killer instinct that flooded Dino Jr.’s earliest albums as well as Beyond. It feels a neglected niche; now we all have the chance to feel whole one more.
MySpace alerts us to the fact that Dinosaur Jr. will be touring all over the world for most of the remaining year. It just so happens Seattle gets an early crack at seeing the boys when they play the KEXP BBQ on August 8th -- and it’s free! As you countdown the days until the trio’s Emerald City arrival, check out their lastest video of “Over It,” also from the new album: