LxListening: I’m a Country Boy

five country, alt-country songs from 2013

Every year around this time of year, I find myself listening to country and country-inspired tunes. Why this is, I don’t know, but traditionally I haven’t been much for country music. I find much of it sappy and sentimental, and praising of a life I don’t identify with. However, about four years ago, I started getting really into classic country music like Hank Williams and The Carter Family, as well as 90’s alt-country bands like Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy’s Uncle Tupelo and Ryan Adam’s Whiskeytown. I’m growing to appreciate country of all types and appreciate the heart and storytelling behind much of it. So here are five country or country-ish tunesI’ve been listening to.
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Dinosaur Jr. Review: I Bet On Sky

Dinosaur Jr.

I Bet On Sky

Dinosaur Jr I Bet On Sky album cover art

Unlike their species namesake, Dinosaur Jr. survived their age (the garage rock/grunge era) and have even aged nobly with some of their best albums coming this past decade, over 20 years after their debut in 1985. While it definitely isn’t appropriate to compare this crunchy raw garage trio to a fine wine, the better comparison would be fellow nobly aged rock stars Neil Young and Tom Waits. The reason these artists’ music still works well years after they started is their music is raw, honest, and ugly (in a good way) as they sing about being tired and weary – all things people become more and more of as they age, making the music feel truer than ever. One look at J Mascis, the band’s guitarist, singer, and primary songwriter, and there is no doubt the dude fits all those descriptions.  The band’s latest, I Bet On Sky, is more invigorated muscular rock from Dinosaur Jr. that doesn’t quite reach the height of their last couple releases.
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