If you sensed an overwhelming pants-tightening in the cool dad jeans of America over the weekend, it’s because the single most 80s/90s indie rock thing ever went down at New York’s Terminal 5.
Dinosaur Jr performed their classic 1987 album You’re Living All Over Me in its entirety, which in itself was cause enough for strapping on the old ear plugs one last time and heading into the fray like we used to old friends, but the rest of the concert featured a line up that can only be described as the best thing that ever happened to every aging-indie rocker you’ve ever met. There should be laws in Congress preventing this sort of thing from ever happening again just in case there’s some sort of potential disaster that would rob the country of its most influential guitar-yelling guys in one fell swoop.
The group was joined onstage by a star-studded lineup that included The Pixies’ Black Francis, The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Kim Gordon, Suzanne Thorpe of Mercury Rev, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Dale Crover of The Melvins, Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Kurt Vile, aka J Masic 2.0, Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live, who is probably bummed he didn’t think of this concept for a Portlandia sketch, and others.
Slicing Up Eyeballs via Consequence of Sound via Stereogrum via every single other music blog on the internet have a bunch of videos of the show, all of which kind of suck via sound quality, but here’s Marr joining the band for a cover of The Smiths “The Boy With the Thorn In His Side,” which Dino Jr. themselves covered back in the day, and is worth going back to revisit again if you haven’t heard it in a while.