New Dinosaur Jr: “I Don’t Wanna Go There”


SOTC buddy Tom Breihan points out the new Dinosaur Jr. song currently streaming from Pitchfork TV. Like most of Beyond, “I Don’t Wanna Go There” falls into that weird J. Mascis-invented wormhole where past present and future all sound eerily the same. What made them slackers and indifferent layabouts when they were young and fashionably disengaged alt-rock stars when they were older makes them sound pitch perfect now, too: a certain kind of constant, weary melancholy, coupled with licks for days. Also entertaining is the in-studio documentary from which this song is pulled. “I kinda take what he’s playing on guitar and figure something out,” says Lou Barlow, explaining his songwriting partnership with Mascis. “And Murph kind of plays more or less exactly what Jay wants.”