Fading Into Commercial Blue, J Mascis.

Fading Into Commercial Blue, J Mascis.

Following on from Dinosaur Jr.’s unanticipated teaming up with Skullcandy and the subsequent airing of the previously unheard The Only Other Way, the Amherst slacker doyens have now combined with Los Angelino Vegan Shoe merchants Keep to release 360 limited edition velveteen creepers which once again favour the iconic colour scheme of Green Mind. And accompanying such an extravagant purchase (the spine of the shoe is embroidered with a sleek design redolent of J Mascis’ forever ethnic guitar strap, were you in need of any further enticement) comes a 7″ picture disc with this smeared into it: a subtly virtuoso rethink of Mazzy Star’s still blistering Fade Into You smoulder, it’s grandiose acoustica fringed with electric dilettantism that’s light and slippery as Blind Melon. Brilliant, even if the boundaries between sluggardly cultism and commercialist hijinks are being recurrently blurred all the while…

Dinosaur Jr. headline the Garden Stage at next month’s End of the Road.

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