“Wide Awake” is a new offering from guitar legend J Mascis’ forthcoming solo album, Tied to a Star which features guest vocals from Chan Marshall of Cat Power. The Guardian, who premiered the track, had this to say about the release, “The godfather of grunge did the unthinkable in 2011 by swapping his trademark distortion and fuzz for the gentle strums of an acoustic guitar. A few years after the release of Several Shades of Why, and J Mascis is still favouring the more mellow approach to songcraft with his new album, Tied to a Star, out in August.” (see premiere July 29th).
Tied to a Star will be available on CD / LP / DL August 25th worldwide from Sub Pop. The album was recorded and produced by Mascis and mixed by John Agnello at Bisquiteen in Amherst, MA. Tied to a Star also features guest appearances from musicians Ken Maiuri (Young@Heart Chorus), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power). Please find a complete tracklisting below.
Tied to a Star is now available for preorder from Sub Pop Megamart, iTunes, and Amazon. Preorders from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited edition “Loser” version on hot pink vinyl and an art print (while supplies last). Pre-order bundles are also available at www.jmascis.com, including limited-edition merchandise.
J Mascis’ previously announced North American fall tour in support of Tied to a Star begins September 24th in Hamden, CT at The Ballroom at Outer Space and currently ends with a two-night stand November 21st & 22nd in Denver, CO at Larimer Lounge. Direct support will come from Purling Hiss (Sep. 24th-28th), Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew (Sep. 30th-Oct. 5th), and labelmates Luluc (Oct. 7th-Nov. 22nd). Please find a complete list of tour dates below.
For additional information on tickets and fan pre-sales, please visit http://www.jmascis.com.
Sep. 24 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space*
Sep. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live*
Sep. 26 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*
Sep. 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
Sep. 28 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle*
Sep. 30 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree^
Oct. 01 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In^
Oct. 02 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club^
Oct. 03 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West^
Oct. 04 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar^
Oct. 05 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway^
Oct. 07 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck**
Oct. 08 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room**
Oct. 09 – Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis Institute of Arts**
Oct. 10 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon**
Oct. 11 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean**
Oct. 13 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig**
Oct. 14 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop**
Oct. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe**
Oct. 16 – Washington, DC – Black Cat**
Oct. 17 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom**
Oct. 18 – Boston, MA – Sinclair**
Nov. 07-09 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest**
Nov. 11 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom**
Nov. 12 – San Diego, CA – Casbah**
Nov. 13 – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar**
Nov. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo**
Nov, 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent**
Nov. 16 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu**
Nov. 19 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern**
Nov. 20 – Portland, OR – Dante’s**
Nov. 21-22 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge**
* w/ Purling Hiss
** w/ Luluc
^ w/ Kevin Drew