We last encountered J Mascis playing drums in his friends’ band Sweet Apple. Typically then, on what is, believe it or not, his first solo album, he’s done away with drums all together. The result is a beautifully fragile acoustic record that positions him as the missing link between Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash. You could imagine some of these tunes, the gruff blub of ‘Not Enough’ or the repressed power of ‘Too Deep’, say, as Dinosaur Jr songs with a bit more amplification but it’s the delicacy and poise of the string-embellished title track that’s really astonishing. It adds another level to a legend that needed no embellishment.
There's been some actual news this week. The Movielifereformed, Fightstarreturned from hiatus, and then there was Emoji Artworks. But sadly, today is our last #notthenews round-up of 2014. Try to hold back those tears while we recap all of this week's nonsense.