After 1997's Hand It Over, Dinosaur Jr.
disbanded. Keeping on with his personal musical eclecticism, J Mascis and his new outfit, the Fog, issued More Light in fall 2000. Featuring appearances from avant-garde guitarist Kevin Shields and Guided by Voices
vocalist Bob Pollard
, the record was a fine return to form that excited Dinosaur Jr.
fans who had been disappointed with his acoustic record. A tour with Elf Power
followed, featuring longtime friend Mike Watt
on bass and Stooges
guitarist Ron Asheton
at several tour dates. It was his riff-heavy jams with Asheton
, as well as several skydiving experiences, that inspired much of the music he started writing for his follow-up. When he stepped back into the studio, he kept the guest appearances down to a minimum and recorded Feel So Free for a 2002 release. Over the course of the next ten years, Mascis devoted a good share of his time to drums, performing in Witch
, Sweet Apple
, and Upsidedown Cross
, and in 2005, after Merge Records
reissued the first three Dinosaur Jr.
albums, the original lineup of Mascis, Lou Barlow
, and Murph
reunited for a tour. The tour went well enough that Dinosaur Jr.
became a going concern again, returning to the studio to record a new album, 2007's Beyond. Meanwhile, Mascis also continued his solo career, releasing three solo acoustic-based albums: 2005's J + Friends Sing + Chant for Amma, 2011's Several Shades of Why, and 2014's Tied to a Star. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi