J Mascis Announces New Album, Shares Star-Studded Video for New Song “Can’t Believe We’re Here” | Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
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J Mascis Announces New Album, Shares Star-Studded Video for New Song “Can’t Believe We’re Here”

What Do We Do Now Due Out February 2, 2024 via Sub Pop; Video Features Fred Armisen, David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Bully, IDLES, and Others

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J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.) has announced a new solo album, What Do We Do Now, and shared its first single, “Can’t Believe We’re Here,” via a music video that features Fred Armisen, David Cross, Eugene Mirman, Bully, IDLES, and others. What Do We Do Now is due out February 2, 2024 via Sub Pop. Check out “Can’t Believe We’re Here” below, followed by the album’s tracklist and cover artwork.

What Do We Do Now is the follow-up to 2018’s Elastic Days. Mascis recorded the album at his Bisquiteen studio in Western Massachusetts.

“When I’m writing for the band,” he says in a press release. “I’m always trying to think of doing things Lou and Murph would fit into. For myself, I’m thinking more about what I can do with just an acoustic guitar, even for the leads. Of course, this time, I added full drums and electric leads, although the rhythm parts are still all acoustic. Usually, I try to do the solo stuff more simply so I can play it by myself, but I really wanted to add the drums. Once that started, everything else just fell into place. So it ended up sounding a lot more like a band record. I dunno why I did that exactly, but it’s just what happened.”

The album features Ken Mauri of The B-52s on keysboards and Matthew “Doc” Dunn on steel guitar.

“Ken is great, and he plays all the keys. I tried playing some keyboards on the first Fog album, but I’m really only comfortable playing the white notes, so it’s kind of limiting,” Mascis says, laughing. “Nowadays, I could just turn the pitch on a mini Mellotron to play different sounds, but black keys just seem hard. For whatever reason, I just like banging on the white ones. Seems like it’s harder to figure out how to stretch your fingers around the other ones.”

Adam Bale edited the “Can’t Believe We’re Here” video

Read our 2014 joint interview between Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis and The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus.

What Do We Do Now Tracklist:

1. Can’t Believe We’re Here
2. What Do We Do Now
3. Right Behind You
4. You Don’t Understand Me
5. I Can’t Find You
6. Old Friends
7. It’s True
8. Set Me Down
9. Hangin Out
10. End Is Gettin Shaky

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