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 selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Watch The Corners” by Dinosaur Jr. from the 2012 album I Bet on Sky on Jagjaguwar.
On September 18, Dinosaur Jr. will release their third album since reforming the original lineup in 2005, their first since 2009’s Farm and their tenth overall during a course of 28 years — but the numbers and years elapsed are rendered meaningless as soon as you drop the needle on the first single from I Bet on Sky. Listening to today’s featured song is like stepping back into 1988. With its chugging chainsaw opening and J Mascis’ blistering guitar solos wailing against Lou Barlow’s churning bass and Murph’s pummeled toms, “Watch The Corners” is classic Dinosaur Jr.. The years seem to have distilled the band’s fusion of rock, punk, and metal, and even at five minutes, the song feels taught. And J’s voice, always ragged to an age beyond his own, still sounds as simultaneously sweet and disaffected as ever. If “Watch The Corners” is any indication of the rest of I Bet on Sky, I’d bet on this new album being one of their best yet.
It wasn’t too long ago that Dinosaur Jr. was last in Seattle (touring a full performance of Bug back in December 2011 — watch video of them in-studio with Henry Rollins here), and they’ll be back again this fall, stopping in Seattle on October 12 at the Neptune Theatre. You can catch them a month earlier in Portland, though, when they play MusicFest Northwest. Find more dates and information on their website and Facebook page. And if you’ve always wondered if Candace, proprietor of Women & Women First bookstore on Portlandia, takes fashion advice from J. Mascis (or vice versa), watch now: