J Mascis, “I’ve Been Thinking” (free mp3 — day after turkey day treat)November 25, 2011
By Carter Maness
For many years before this one, J Mascis was an iconic stoner guitar god to the indie set with enough distortion and shredding to keep him separate from the genre’s softer tendencies. That all changed with the lovely, acoustic-driven Several Shades Of Why. On “I’ve Been Thinking,” which follows in that album’s lineage, the six-string journeys are still there, winding and beautiful, and Mascis’ vocals have a folky, knowing tone. He’s been there before. Learn something on his new 7-inch, which has this one as a B-side and is led by a cover of Edie Brickell’s “Circle.” It’s out now on Sub Pop.