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J Mascis

J Mascis at Virgin Festival in 2009.
Background information
Birth name Joseph Donald Mascis, Jr.
Born (1965-12-10) December 10, 1965 (age 51)
Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Alternative rock, noise rock, hardcore punk, stoner rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, keyboards, bass, banjo
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis + The Fog, Witch, Deep Wound, Upsidedown Cross, Sonic Youth, Sweet Apple, Bless The Barn, Heavy Blanket, Band of Horses, GG Allin
Website www.jmascis.com
Notable instruments
Fender Jazzmaster
Fender Telecaster


I prefer cynical people. Nice guys grow on trees.
All labels are offensive in some way.
I have a couple of gold teeth. I had braces for a year but I didn't wear the retainer.
J Mascis
People have to do what they want to do.
You might as well play at the show everyone else is playing at.
Usually I like to have them, but going drum-less pushes everything in a new direction and makes it easier to keep things sounding different.
J Mascis
When I play a solo I'm just expressing that moment. It can go horribly wrong easily enough.
J Mascis
It's good to have certain restrictions sometimes, but it's definitely more fun to play really loud, with distortion.
J Mascis
Yeah, you know, I'm always into cassette. At least they seem to be the longest-lasting medium we used to have. I don't play cassettes much anymore, but I play records all the time.
J Mascis
'No Bones' has some reverb that I kick around.
Generally my songs are just some riffs slung together as an excuse for a guitar solo.
J Mascis
I play a Fender Jazzmaster and three stacks and a combo, two old Marshall Plexis and a Hiwatt combo and a Hiwatt combo with Marshall cabs.
J Mascis
I've always worn earplugs, but I'm sure my hearing's not great.
J Mascis
It's harder to play drums than guitar, physically. I'm always kind of on the edge. I guess that's how I play everything: on the edge of my ability.
J Mascis
I've never liked rehearsing too much.
I enjoy having some boundaries to work within. That's why I generally don't like alternate tunings and stuff like that. I like the boundaries of regular tunings.
J Mascis
I prefer cynical people. Nice guys grow on trees.
I was just reading about Paul Simon in 'Uncut', and it was fascinating. I never think about him much or think about his music or anything, but it's interesting to hear his ideas on stuff.
J Mascis