buttonDinosaur Jr. @ Shibuya AX (26th Feb '06)

Reprise Affirms An Eternal Sonic Youth Within And Without

Dinosaur Jr.
      "Now you're playing with power!" While this catchy North American TV ad slogan made popular in the late 80's during the first video games boom seems an unlikely and obscure reference, it perfectly encapsulates the undeniable power of the original Dinosaur Jr. lineup this night. First reunited here for last summer's Fuji Rock Festival, the second coming of these most respected indie stalwarts rocks solidly, opening a 4-date tour de Nippon.

Dinosaur Jr.      Made all the more impressive in their dual handling of the obvious jetlag routinely facing visiting artists as well as a 3-month break in live performance, Dinosaur Jr. nevertheless have a sold out AX teeming in loyal subjects of heightened anticipation as the clock soon moves past the slated 7 start time. The house lights quickly dim at a quarter past with a raucous approval erupting as the silhouettes of these 3 luminaries appear amidst screams of "Lou! "J!" and "Murph!" Sparse at first, yet soon unleashing into its wailing maelstrom representative of the power coalesced, "Bulbs Of Passion" ushers in J Mascis (vocals, guitar), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals) and Murph (drums). Bass-driven racer "Kracked" follows in its jangling about in J's squelches as a pit ensues for this wholly balanced trio comfortably lost in their harmonious dissonance. Breaking it open in the rumbling fuzz of "Repulsion," Lou's meandering bass underpinnings stitch amidst J's blend of mild distortion and reflective vocals. The ascending collective march that starts "Budge" gets all inside lining up in arms as the steady bass bounce of "Forget The Swan" cuts and drones amidst Lou's vocals and J's sonic swirl for a classic tempo change as J takes back vocal lead briefly, sharing chorus duty. The scorching, surgical strike within "Sludge Feast," awash in its full flavor fury of 3, cleanly transitions in its extended 3 part solo construction, unfurling into its pit inducing chugging finish, with bodies flying forward.

Dinosaur Jr.      No break in communication here as the temporary halt in body flights soon commences with a rollicking road-trip inducer. "Freak Scene" has Lou, J and Murph steering this like Schumacher, spot on with all passengers leaning the right ways to maximize all the momentum gained that continues into "Mountain Man." Lou relishes his cookie monsteresque turn in "Just Like Heaven" to the immense delight of the sea of humanity amassed in sweat, taking them to "The Wagon." No, it's not time to get off this wagon as 2 more await for the finale, ending in an absolute deafening resonance from "Does It Float" into the utter release within the skipping, looping break and acceleration of unbridled freedom in "The Lung." Peaches & Herb were right.
Dinosaur Jr.

report by michael and photos by keco
==>top page : JPN / ENG

buttonmag files : Dinosaur Jr.

buttonFar From Extinct : (06/02/27 @ Shibuya AX) : review by shawn, photos by saya38
buttonオルタナという思い出 : (06/02/27 @ Shibuya AX) : review by nob, photos by saya38
buttonphoto report : (06/02/27 @ Shibuya AX) : photos by saya38
buttonReprise Affirms An Eternal Sonic Youth Within And Without : (06/02/26 @ Shibuya AX) : review by michael, photos by keco
buttonphoto report : (06/02/26 @ Shibuya AX) : photos by keco

The official site

Dinosaur Jr.


the latest album

Dinosaur Jr.


(DVD付初回限定国内盤 / 国内盤)
previous works

(国内盤 / UK import / US import)
"You're Living All Over Me"
(国内盤 / UK import / US import)
(国内盤 / UK import / US import)
"Ear-Bleeding Country: The Best of Dinosaur Jr."
(US import)

check the albums?



buttonHappy And You'd Know It With Their Eyes Wide Open : Snow Patrol (21st Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonNo Denying They Help Us Have It Much Better : Franz Ferdinand (10th Feb. @ Nippon Budokan)
buttonContinuing To Give Their Nordic Good Frequencies : Royksopp (1st Feb. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonMaking Heads Turn, Ears Perk And Feet Happy With Ease : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (24th Jan. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)


buttonCross-Generational Yuletide Confections For Birthday Cheer : Shonen Knife & Beat Crusaders (18th Dec. @ Harajuku Astro Hall)
buttonA Sort Of Homecoming For These Pilgrims : Feeder (8th Nov. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonCD review : Abuzeek : Farida's Cafe (16th Oct.)
buttonBright Northern Lights In This Big City : The Marble Index (13th Oct. @ Harajuku Astro Hall)
buttonLeaders Of Men...The Park's Urban Flight Gives An Inoculation To Fear : Maximo Park (6th Oct. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonTales Of Codependence Score A T.K.O. In Tokyo : Aimee Mann (3rd Oct. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonAll The Way Mad, All The Way Hyped And Rightfully So : Armand Van Helden / Santos (30th Sept. @ Shin-Kiba aGeha)
buttonCD review : The Warrior's Code : Dropkick Murphys (22nd Sept.)
buttonCarefree Curiosity Fuels This Feline Far From Home : Anna Nalick (22nd Sept. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonMellow Post-Juno Transmissions In The East From The Great White North : Feist (21st Sept. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonCD review : What's It All About? : Rinaldi Sings (12th Sept.)
buttonCD review : Hope You Die Soon By Overdose : Arkangel (10th Sept.)
buttonCD review : One Step Closer : String Cheese Incident (8th Sept.)
buttonCD review : Antigone : Heaven Shall Burn (31st Aug.)
buttonCD review : This Is The New Pop : Love Me Butch (9th Aug.)
buttonMaking Infectious Post-Fuji Rock Neapolitan Love Within Sterile Walls Of Tokyo : The Dawn of New Wave vol.3 feat. The Go! Team, The Magic Numbers and The Futureheads (2nd Aug. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonCD review : Tsu Ku Shi N Bow : PE'Z (15th Jul.)
buttonCD review : Band Of Outsiders : Potion (13th Jul.)
buttonCD review : Come To The End : FC FIVE (9th Jul.)
buttonCD review : Dresden Dolls : The Dresden Dolls (9th Jul.)
buttonCD review : This Is Love, This Is Murderous : Bleeding Through (30th Jun.)
buttonAlive And Kicking...Wales' Latest Chanteuse Unfurls Her Disarming Reassurances : JEM (7th Jun. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonCD review : Underneath Are Phantoms : The Tunnel Of Love (4th Jun.)
buttonCD review : Enter The Enemy : Everybody's Enemy (3rd Jun.)
buttonA Final Episode More Than Satisfying... Boom Boom Satellites' Latest Reality Of Elevating Pleasures : Jack Johnson w/G.Love & Special Sauce (25th May. @ Tokyo Shinagawa Prince Stellar Ball)
buttonA Final Episode More Than Satisfying... Boom Boom Satellites' Latest Reality Of Elevating Pleasures : Boom Boom Satellites (19th May. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonA Global-A-Go-Go Tune-Up In Effervescence For A Slightly Slimmed Down 26-Piece Shibusa Shirazu : Shibusa Shirazu (13th Apr. @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe)
buttonAn Ongoing 8 Year-Old Reality Of Superfluous Elevating Pleasures... Boom Boom Satellites Christen Their Latest Most Welcomed Hedonistic Chapter : Boom Boom Satelites (7th Apr. @ Ebisu Liquidroom)
buttonA 10 Plus Year Gestation Of International Minor Threats Collectively Hit Tokyo : The Dillinger Escape Plan
with Melt-Banana and EMOK (10th Mar. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonFilthy, Gorgeous And Utterly Magnifique In An Most Aptly Titled Venue... : Scissor Sisters (25th Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonAn Inaugural Tokyo Come Together For Now And Forever... : The Delgados with Autour de Lucie(16th Feb. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonAnother Day, Another Earned... : Hatebreed (12th Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonYou Can't Stop Thinking About Her... : Rachael Yamagata (31st Jan. @ Shibuya Quattro)

無断転載を禁じます。The copyright of the article belongs to Michael Lara and the same of the photos belongs to Keiko "keco" Hirakawa. They may not be reproduced in any form whatsoever.counter
==>Back To The Top Page : JPN / ENG.