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Tag: 1994

J Mascis

J Mascis: Fed Up And Feeling Strange: Live And In Person 1993-1998 (Cherry Red)

Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis occasionally stepped away from the full band experience for a handful of solo acoustic performances. Fed Up And Feeling Strange captures those moments, offering not only his first-ever solo acoustic performance, but also his 1995 solo album Martin & Me, and a loose but fun show from 1998, shortly before dissolving his band.

Anthony Phillips: The Living Room Concert (Esoteric Recordings)

In the mid 1990s, former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips was asked to record an at-home session for broadcast on NPR. The Living Room Concert documents that performance, and serves as a nice curio of an intimate home performance.

Time Chasers

Alice Damon Kinzie & Bill Kinzie: Time Chasers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Burger Records)

The 1994 film Time Chasers earned a reputation as being “so-bad-it’s-good” thanks to its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000. A recent reissue of the film’s soundtrack reveals a jewel of a score hidden in plain sight.

Dinosaur Jr: Without A Sound (Cherry Red)

Dinosaur Jr released their sixth album Without A Sound less than a year after their previous effort, thanks in part to the allure of commercial success, resulting in a good album that feels slightly off. This reissue offers up the chance for a reevaluation, and in so doing one discovers it wasn’t that bad of an album.

Song Of The Day: R.E.M, “Uptempo Mo Distortion”

Take the Craft Recordings release, Monster: 25th Anniversary Edition.

Song Of The Day: Shellac, “Crow”

Taken from the Touch and Go release, The End Of Radio.

Hootie & The Blowfish: cracked rear view: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Rhino)

Though Hootie & The Blowfish were easily one of the most annoyingly ubiquitous bands of the Nineties, their debut album was an album worthy of the hype and success. Twenty-five years later, it’s still the rare thing: a critically underrated album that happened to sell twenty-one million copies, and this boxed set offers up a wonderful document of how one of the best-selling albums of all time came to be.

3/45: Smog “A Hit” c/w “Wine Stained Lips”

In our continuing series examining classic 45 singles, we step back to 1994 an anthem for low self-esteem.

Song Of The Day: Atomic Opera, “Blackness”

Taken from the Rock Candy Records release, For Madmen Only.

Twilight Music: Tetsu Inoue, “Ambiant Otaku” (1994)

A hauntingly beautiful ambient composition from a Japanese master.