|By Zach Patterson||Monday, 19 Oct 2009|
“Good-Evil; The Soundtrack” is a weekly feature that showcases an editor’s song pick complete with a small write-up and a YouTube video or streaming version of the song. This week’s selection by Zach is J. Mascis – “Keeblin”.
While the Dinosaur Jr. catalog has a rather long and interesting story, one thing most of it is known for is being guitar driven rock music mixed with J. Mascis awkward insecure sounding vocals. During the mid-90′s, Dinosaur Jr. was basically the Mascis show, with him often performing most everything on the albums with the help of collaborators. “Keeblin” was a b-side of Where You Been, but the original never really caught my attention much until I picked up the live acoustic album that saw J. go solo for some rather intimate shows.
While the entire Martin + Me album is one of my very favorite live albums ever, the height of the album is by far this performance of “Keeblin”. The song has such a gentle, somber mood it evokes, and Mascis’ unique voice really shines as he adeptly changes from gravelly sounding to soft and sad. I don’t really look too deep into song meanings…well, ever, but this one definitely has an open ended feeling of a lost or estranged friendship that perfectly works with the feeling J. creates with just his acoustic guitar and his voice on stage. Definitely a classic performance of a good song that became infinitely better live and unplugged.