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Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis Releasing Solo Acoustic Album

Twenty years after ‘The Wagon’ rolled to the top of the college radio charts, Dinosaur Jr.’s iconic guitarist/frontman J Mascis has announced plans for a new solo album. But his new disc, ‘Several Shades of Why,’ which will be released via Seattle institution Sub Pop Records, will be a far cry from Dino classics like ‘Freak Scene’ and ‘Feel the Pain.’

Set for release on March 15, Mascis’ album will be served in an acoustic format. Despite his blasting expertise, he’s no stranger to the wood and wire approach, having first recorded an unplugged album of Dinosaur Jr. staples — and a pretty righteous take on Carly Simon’s ‘Anticipation’ — on 1996’s ‘Martin & Me.’

According to Pitchfork, ‘Several Shades of Why’ will feature no drums whatsoever, meaning that those expecting Dinosaur Jr. drummer Murph to sit in on a tune or two will be out of luck.