there was a book on slacker-rock (and there isn’t because,
duh, slackers don’t read), Dinosaur Jr. would have written
it. Well, maybe not, because if there was a book, it would
probably be written by some hippie documentarian who never
understood that flannel shirts aren’t for wearing and guitars
are supposed to hurt at least as much as love does. All
this is to say that before there was Nirvana, and before
there were the Pixies, there was the Dino, and the fact
that the proto-grunge power trio are back together, touring,
and recording new original music might be the best evidence
yet that our collective nostalgia is hovering right around
the turn of the ’90s.
The band was famously disfunctional, so Dinosaur Jr. is
running on something a little more urgent than nostalgia
these days, but whatever got them back out of the basement
sure seems to be working. The only fault that anyone’s been
able to find in this year’s release Farm is that
some European copies are 3dB too loud.
Volume shouldn’t be an issue at Nothern Lights (1208 Route
146, Clifton Park) where Dinosaur Jr. and bassist Lou Barlow’s
side project the Missingmen play on Sunday (Oct. 4) at 7
PM. Tickets are $20. Call 371-0012 for more info.
of the Ordinary
and internationally-acclaimed photographer Keith Carter
has shown his enigmatic work in more than solo 100 exhibitions
in 13 countries. His photographs have earned places in renowned
permanent collections, from the George Eastman House to
the Art Insitute of Chicago, and his 10th monograph, A
Certain Alchemy, was published last fall.
The Los Angeles Times described Carter as “a transcendent
realist” and “a poet of the ordinary.” The latter accolade
doubles as the title of the most recent exhibition of his
work, now on view at the College of Saint Rose’s Esther
The exhibition presents 78 of Carter’s toned, silver gelatin
photographs, spanning 25 years of a career spent exploring
the magic, mythos, mystery and memories of the ordinary
with haunting perception. Pictured is Giant (1997).
of the Ordinary is open at the Esther Massry Gallery
(Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose, 1002
Madison Ave, Albany) through Jan. 17. There’s a gallery
reception tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 2) from 5 PM to 7 PM, followed
by an artist lecture in the Saint Joseph Auditorium (985
Madison Ave., Albany) at 7 PM. For more info call 485-3902.