Wednesday, July 17, 2013

J Mascis Covers Mazzy Star, and New Mazzy Star

Vegan shoe manufacturers Keep have just released a special Dinosaur Jr edition shoe. They’re purple (of course) and have a design mirroring J Mascis’ guitar strap on the back. As far as collector shoes go, they’re pretty rad. You can get them in a limited run of 360 for $75 a pop, with proceeds to benefit the humanitarian projects of Amma. Even cooler is the shoe comes with a picture disc featuring J Mascis covering Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You.” It sounds like it would be a gigantic clash of styles and more of a novelty hit than anything else, but it’s a completely faithful cover almost as striking as the original. Obviously J’s voice doesn’t quite compare to Hope Sandoval’s, but it’s a song every 90s viewer of “Alternative Nation” needs to hear. Check out a stream of "Fade Into You" over at Pitchfork.

In other Mazzy Star news, the band just announced the release of their first album in 17 years (17? Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!). Seasons of Your Day will be released September 24 on their own Rhymes of an Hour label. This adds to a September release schedule that may destroy me financially, but this may have to be done. You can hear the first single, “California,” below. It’s breathtaking. Tour dates for Mazzy Star should be announced soon. Fingers crossed it’ll be a co-headlining tour with Dino Jr!

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