ATN's Music News of the World: Dinosaur Jr. and Warp Tour

Dinosaur Jr. Still Mostly J Mascis Solo VehicleAddicted To Noise Washington correspondent Chris Nelson reports: For a few moments it almost appeared that Dinosaur Jr. was an actual band again. Despite leader J. Mascis' propensity for recording Dino albums largely by himself, recent press material mentioned the helping hand of George Berz on drums for the new album Hand It Over (March 25).But Mascis told ATN that despite his own intentions, much of Berz's work does not appear on the disc. "I did end up playing most of the drums on this album anyway," explained the guitarist."[Berz] started with a lot more, but then a lot of the songs he did got dropped from the album, and then a couple of them I re- did. It ended up only one [that Berz played on]," Mascis added. "I wish he was on more, but it just ended up like that."Mascis estimated a total of 20 songs were recorded for the album, 12 of which made the final cut.Mascis fired the band's original drummer Murph before recording the last Dinosaur album, 1994's Without a Sound. For that album he played the drums himself, as he had on 70 percent of the group's major label debut, Green Mind. Berz, a college friend of Mascis', last appeared playing tambourine on the song "Goin Home" from 1993's Where You Been.On Hand It Over Berz plays on a number called "I Know You're Insane." The album's other cuts include: "I Don't Think," "Never Bought It," "Nothin's Goin On," "I'm Insane," "Can't We Move This," "Alone," "Sure Not Over You," "Loaded," "Mick," "Gettin Rough," and "Gotta Know." A tour will follow the album's release.WARPED '97 GEARS UPAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: With the competition so fierce among bookers looking to secure bands for the myriad package tours this summer, it's no surprise that the organizers of the third-annual Warped tour have set their sights early, and high.Already booked to play the rapidly-expanding punk/skate fest, which has featured bands like Sublime, Fishbone, NOFX, Civ, Rocket From the Crypt, Goldfinger and Unwritten Law in past years, are Pennywise, Blink 182, Millencolin, Royal Crown Revue and the Deftones. But organizers tell ATN they've already contacted a number of headliner types, including Social Distortion, Bad Religion, the Descendents, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Helmet.The first stop of the approximately 30-date tour, which is currently scheduled to run from July 2nd to August 5, will be July 2nd in Phoenix. Other cities scheduled include San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Boise, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cape Cod, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Miami.THE RETURN OF MELLE MEL & SCORPIOAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Former Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five members Melle Mel and Scorpio couldn't have picked a better time to resurface with a new album. Hot on the heels of the just-released, mind-blowing Sugar Hill five-CD box set, the old-school duo are ready to release, Right Now (March 14), their first album of all new material since an ill-received Furious Five reunion album six years ago.The album, their first full-length effort as a duo, was described by a source as varying between "pop, upbeat stuff and straight-up OG-style stuff. It's got their old-school rapping style laid over the new sound of the tracks, some of which use that dark, East Coast piano loop sound." The first single is the poppy "Mr. Big Stuff," which will be followed by the moodier track, "Mama," whose chorus uses a sample from Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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