Back in 2013, Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis released a solo cover of Mazzy Star’s 1993 soft-focus torch-song classic “Fade Into You“; it was a limited-edition 7″ that came with Mascis’ personalized sneakers, so don’t feel bad if you missed it. Last night, Mascis played the song for NBC cameras. Mascis was the musical guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers, where his buddy Fred Armisen is the bandleader. On the show proper, Mascis played “Every Morning,” a song from last year’s Tied To A Star album, with Armisen sitting in. (Armisen was also in the “Every Morning” video, and while we’re on the subject of ’90s alt-rock covers, I should point out that “Every Morning” is not a Sugar Ray cover.) And as an online bonus, Mascis and Armisen also did a lovely, shambling version of that “Fade Into You” cover. There are a lot of things wrong in the world, but you can sit at your laptop right now and watch J Mascis play blazing solos over fucking “Fade Into You,” so all is not lost. Some things are still OK. Watch both performances below.
Tied To A Star is out now on Sub Pop.