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Farm CD (2009)

Artist: Dinosaur Jr.

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Farm is proof that this band continues to deliver that which makes rock worth cranking to 11. At times wholly 70's guitar-epic, at times perfect for sitting by a babbling brook with Joni and Neil, Farm encompasses Dinosaur Jr.'s signature palette - soaring and distorted guitar, unshakable hooks, honey-rich melodies - songs that get into your head and, bouncing around happily, stay there. The ear-catching "Plans" is nearly 7 minutes of classic whipped-topping rock dessert, while "I Don't Wanna Go There" is a meat-and-potatoes main dish, mixing unapologetic lead guitar with straight-ahead delivery a la James Gang or Humble Pie. These two tunes round out twelve tracks propelled by the unique energy of one of America's greatest living rock bands hitting their stride.

Disc 1 Track Listing
1. Pieces
2. I Want You To Know
3. Ocean In the Way
4. Plans
5. Your Weather
6. Over It
7. Friends
8. Said the People
9. There's No Here
10. See You
11. I Don't Wanna Go There
12. Imagination Blind

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Label Jagjaguwar/ada
SKU 211086141
UPC 656605215020
UPC 14 00656605215020
Format CD
Release Date 6/23/2009
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Author Dinosaur Jr.
Artist Bio
Dinosaur Jr.Here's what you do: Get them to sit down and say, "Listen. Just listen." Then you crank the Dino. I've been getting people to listen to Dinosaur (Jr.) for 25 years now. It used to be my job.In 1982, when we were in High School, I was the kid who couldn't play an instrument, so I booked the gigs. J told me where he thought it might be cool to play, and then I made the phone calls. Back then, the band was Deep Wound: J on drums, Lou on guitar, Scotty on bass, Charlie on vocals. Hardcore punk: fun, loud, fast as fuck. But I wasn't making people listen to the band then. For hardcore shows at The Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield or Gallery East in Boston, kids just got together and put on a show. Everyone pretty much knew what to expect.By 1984, Deep Wound had fizzled. The interim band, Mogo, was over after only one gig on the Amherst Common. It featured Charlie screaming "F*** the cops!" before the plug was pulled, a total high-point in my personal catalog of rock-n-roll moments. Then came Dinosaur: Murph on drums, Lou moving to bass, and J bringing all his inner Moon and Bonham (Keith and John) to the guitar. And with Dinosaur came the tunes.The first cassette I had to take around to get gigs for Dinosaur was a raw but vital sketch of two tunes, "Forget the Swan" and "Cats in a Bowl," recorded in J's basement on a crappy old tape recorder. J and I were students at UMass but we spent a lot of time at Hampshire College, where the kids seemed hipper and more inclined to dig what Dinosaur was laying down. But this was not always the case. The guy I went to talk to for a slot on Hampshire's Spring Concert line-up, half-way through listening to "Forget the Swan," started talking about how great his own lame 60's retro-poseur band was. In the middle of "Forget the Swan"! I was incredulous. We did not get the gig, but the real disappointment was that this seemingly tuned-in guy didn't get it. Listen to the lead riff on "Forget the Swan" again. If you really listen, it will haunt you. This guy did not listen.Jon FetlerHadley, MA 2009
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ReviewSource All Music Guide
Review If Farm lacks the element of surprise of Dinosaur Jr.'s 2007 comeback, Beyond, that's just about the only thing it lacks: in every other respect it is its equal, a muscular, melodic monster that stands among the best albums the band has made. Again, what impresses is a combination of vigor and consistency, consistency not only in regards to the songs on Farm, but how it picks up on the thread running throughout the band's career, feeling as if it could have arrived in the early '90s, minus some subtle distinctions in production and attitude. As on Beyond, Dinosaur Jr.'s assuredness is striking; Mascis may drawl that he "did it wrong" on the pre-chorus of "There's No Here," but once again his tongue is firmly in cheek, and any traces self-mythologizing slackerdom are steamrollered by the band's roar. As good as the songwriting is -- and it's as strong as it was on Beyond, as Mascis alternates between molten rock & roll ("Pieces"), fuzzy pop gems ("Over It" and "I Want to Know"), and churning slow burns ("Ocean in the Way"), while Lou Barlow throws in two strong numbers -- the real rush of Farm comes from the band's interplay, how the group locks together and rides the wave, sometimes taking upwards of seven or eight minutes to get where they're going. Although there have been imitators and disciples, this is a sound that's utterly unique to Dinosaur Jr., and what's different about them in their reunion is that the group not only realizes their individuality, they revel in it, getting lost in the noise, and it's hard not to get swept up with it, too.
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Reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine
ReviewRating 8
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Artist Dinosaur Jr.
Music Format Compact Disc
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Jason Keller, NOW Magazine Farm actually bests "Beyond's" triumphs.
Noel Murray, The Onion A.V. Club Farm sounds like the best alt-rock album that 1993 forgot.

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