Dinosaur JR Announce New Album ‘I Bet On Sky’ Through [PIAS]

There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearing ‘Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know‘ with keyboards, it’s clear from the moment he starts his vocals that this is the one and only Dinosaur Jr.

I Bet on Sky is the third Dinosaur Jr. album since the original trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph – reformed in 2005. It marks the band’s 10th studio album since their debut on Homestead Records in 1985. The trio has taken everything they’ve learned from the various projects they tackled over the years, and poured it directly into their current mix. J’s guitar approaches some of its most unhinged playing here – this is head-bobbing riff-romance at the apex. Lou’s basswork has more melody now as well, although his two songs on I Bet on Sky retain the jagged rhythmic edge that has so often marked hiswork. And Murph…well, he still pounds the drums as hard and as strong as a pro wrestler, with deceptively simple structures that manage to interweave themselves perfectly with his bandmates’ melodic explosions.

The tracklisting is:

1. Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know
2. Watch The Corners
3. Almost Fare
4. Stick A Toe In
5. Rude
6. I Know It Oh So Well
7.Pierce The Morning Rain
8. What Was That
9. Recognition
10. See It On Your Side

I Bet On Sky, their first since the 2009 album Farm, and is a true and worthy addition to the Dinosaur Jr. discography, brilliantly imprinted with the trio’s magical equation. For a combo that began as anomalous fusion of hardcore punk and pop influences, Dinosaur Jr. have proven themselves to be unlikely masters of the long game.

The band will be playing shows in North America during June and July, and have just announced a massive tour there for October.

Tour Dates:

  • 06/22/12 Chicago, IL: Subterranean
  • 06/23/12 Chicago, IL: Green Music Festival
  • 07/06/12 Des Moines, IA: 80/35 Music Festival
  • 08/25/12 St. Louis, MO: LouFest 2012
  • 09/24/12 Toronto, ON: Lee’s Palace
  • 09/25/12 Toronto, ON: Lee’s Palace
  • 09/26/12 Toronto, ON: Lee’s Palace
  • 09/27/12 Detroit, MI: St. Andrew’s Hall
  • 09/28/12 Cincinnati, OH: MidPoint Music Festival
  • 09/29/12 Champaign, IL: Pygmalion Festival
  • 10/01/12 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge
  • 10/02/12 Atlanta, GA: Variety Playhouse
  • 10/03/12 New Orleans, LA: Tipitina’s
  • 10/04/12 Austin, TX: Mohawk
  • 10/05/12 Houston, TX: Fitzgerald’s
  • 10/06/12 Dallas, TX: The Prophet Bar
  • 10/08/12 Flagstaff, AZ: Orpheum Theater
  • 10/09/12 Santa Ana, CA: The Observatory
  • 10/10/12 San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore
  • 10/11/12 Eugene, OR, WOW Hall
  • 10/12/12 Seattle, WA: Neptune Theatre
  • 10/14/12 Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge
  • 10/15/12 Denver, CO: Bluebird Theater
  • 10/17/12 Omaha, NE: The Waiting Room
  • 10/18/12 Minneapolis, MN: Cabooze
  • 10/19/12 Madison, WI: Majestic Theatre
  • 10/20/12 Grand Rapids, MI: The Orbit Room
  • 10/22/12 Bloomington, IN: The Bluebird
  • 10/23/12 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom
  • 10/24/12 Millvale, PA: Mr. Smalls Theatre
  • 10/25/12 Washington, DC: Black Cat
  • 10/26/12 Charlottesville, VA: Jefferson Theater
  • 10/27/12 Philadelphia, PA: Union Transfer