J Mascis releasing album of ‘psychedelic instrumental blues jams’ as Heavy Blanket

This spring, Dinosaur Jr’s frontman will release a six-track, self-titled debut from Heavy Blanket, which Outer Battery Records describes as “blistering psych-drenched instrumental blues jams from J Mascis and his stoner buddies.” The album is due May 6 on CD and vinyl, plus a super-limited run of 200 purple-vinyl copies.

If the bio of the band on Mascis’ site is to believe, Heavy Blanket dates back to 1984 when Mascis was playing in Deep Wound and involves a couple of guys named Johnny Pancake and Pete Cougar, the former of whom suffered a traumatic brain injury that he later blamed on “those schemers in Pearl Jam,” a band, of course, that did not exist at the time.

Either way, you can watch the video preview above that’s set to “Dr. Marten’s Blues.”

UPDATE: The full-album stream we linked to previously has been taken down.

 

Tracklist: Heavy Blanket, Heavy Blanket

1. “Galloping Toward the Unknown”
2. “Spit in the Eye”
3. “Blockheads”
4. “Corpuscle Through Time”
5. “Dr Marten’s Blues”
6. “No Telling No Trails”

 

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