So here we were, sitting around DC9 HQ, talking about music as we tend to do, and, specifically, about our highlights from SXSW weekend. And, somewhere between my loving ramblings about Odd Future, Noah W. Bailey mentioned that, in his quick Austin sojourn, he'd caught an acoustic set from iconic Dinosaur Jr. axe-slinger J Mascis and loved it.
I, one-upper that I am, pointed out that I'd seen the same thing last year, and that I too found it pretty damn impressive.
Then Bailey trumped me. See, he didn't just see Mascis perform. He saw Mascis perform a cover of an Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians song. "Circle of Friends," to be specific. Lucky bastard.
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I searched high and low to find a clip of the performance. The best I could find was this performance, which is just a pretty crappy video and wasn't even the SXSW performance Bailey caught, oh well. I did, however, also find a clip of Mascis performing the same song just a few days before SXSW, during an in-store at Newbury Comics, the incredible record store chain based in and around Boston, where I pretty much purchased every single album I bought as a teenager.
Anyway, the performance is pretty great. Moving stuff for sure. I've posted it for your viewing pleasure after the jump. Watch it. Five minutes ago.