Summer is never a great time for music, unless you’re into the musical equivalent of summer blockbusters, but your ever-diligent Flavorwire crew have dug deep and unearthed ten shiny new records that are entirely worth your time (or, strictly, nine such records, plus one that should satisfy that criterion should its creator ever ACTUALLY FREAKING RELEASE IT.) Anyway, read on for some new tunes to make the heat that little bit more bearable.
Dinosaur Jr. — Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (August 5)
A decade after the original Dinosaur Jr line-up of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and the splendidly monikered Emmett Jefferson Murphy III (better known as the more prosaic “Murph”) got back together, they’re turning out albums like their 20-year period of hating one another never happened. Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not is exactly what you’d expect from a Dinosaur Jr album, viz. tight and pleasantly distorted riffery, J Mascis’s laid-back vocals, and melodies that somehow still manage to surprise you with how unexpectedly catchy they are, even if the band have been pulling this trick for 30 years. They’re not reinventing the wheel at this point, but why would they, when they’re so good at what they do?