j mascis
In keeping with a string of recent of albums completely free of missteps, J. MascisTied To A Star, out this week on Sub Pop, is a spectacular work of acoustic songcraft. The album’s popcorn lead single, Every Morning, recieved the official music video treatment this morning courtesy of director Danny Jelinek. The video, released via Funny or Die, casts Mascis as “Space Angel,” a guitar-wielding guru at the head of a mysterious 1970s cult. It’s a hilariously literal play on Mascis’ status as an indie musician with a “cult following.” The video also features what appears to be a brief cameo from James Mercer (of the Shins/Broken Bells), and a significantly less subtle cameo from Fred Armisen who appears as a straight-laced outsider bent on shattering the cult’s illusion.
 
Check out the video below, along with Mascis’ newly updated tour schedule (which features a string of dates with Kevin Drew, Purling Hiss and Luluc).
 

 
Tour Dates For J. Mascis:
09/24 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space*
09/25 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live*
09/26 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*
09/27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
09/28 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle*
09/30 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree^
10/01 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In^
10/02 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club^
10/03 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West^
10/04 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar^
10/05 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway^
10/07 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck**
10/08 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room**
10/09 – Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis Institute of Arts**
10/10 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon**
10/11 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean**
10/13 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig**
10/14 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop**
10/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe**
10/16 – Washington, DC – Black Cat**
10/17 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom**
10/18 – Boston, MA – Sinclair**
11/07-09 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/11 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom**
11/12 – San Diego, CA – Casbah**
11/13 – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar**
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo**
11/15 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent**
11/16 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery**
11/19 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern**
11/20 – Portland, OR – Dante’s**
11/21-22 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge**
12/02 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
12/03 – Luxemborg, LU – Rockhal
12/05 – Antwerp, BE – Trix
12/06 – Groningen, NL – Vera
12/07 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli de Helling
12/08 – Kortijk, BE – De Kreun
12/15 – Berlin, DE – Lido
12/16 – Copenhagen, DK – Copenhagen Small Vega
12/17 – Gothenberg, SE – Pusterviksbaren
12/18 – Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
12/19 – Stockholm, SE – Strand
12/20 – Helsinki, FI – Nosturi
* w/ Purling Hiss
** w/ Luluc
^ w/ Kevin Drew