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Original Dinosaur Jr. Lineup to Reunite!

Caroline Bermudez reports:

Dinosaur Jr., one of the most legendary indie rock bands of the 80's, are reuniting to play the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan with shows in the UK to follow. The BBC reports that the embattled duo of J. Mascis and Lou Barlow will perform together under the Dinosaur Jr. name for the first time in 15 years. Ongoing feuding between the two spurred Barlow to leave the band after the release of their third album, Bug, in 1988 in order to focus on his work with Sebadoh. The 1990s saw Barlow's greatest success with the Folk Implosion and the unexpected top 40 hit "Natural One". Dinosaur Jr. briefly went on hiatus after Barlow's departure and reformed in 1991. The group permanently disbanded after 1997's Hand It Over, at which time Mascis moved on to form The Fog. That group's More Light-- released in 2000 and featuring guest appearances from Kevin Shields and Robert Pollard-- was hailed as a return to form.

No U.S. dates have been set, nor has anyone at Merge confirmed the reunion. The original lineup recorded three albums together, including the widely influential You're Living All Over Me, which are set to be reissued with bonus material via Merge on March 22.

* Pitchfork Review: Dinosaur Jr.: In Session <http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/d/dinosaur-jr/in-session.shtml>

* Pitchfork News: Early Dinosaur Jr. classics to be reissued <http://pitchforkmedia.com/news/04-12/15.shtml>

* J. Mascis: <http://www.jmascis.com/>

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Anyone hear Lou Barlow's side of how he was kicked out of the band?

That is the classic way to leave...

I suppose I should add his side as well, thinking on it...

The way he [Lou Barlow] tells it, he was told that the band were splitting up. 'Oh well' he thought, 'and I thought things were going okay...' But a couple days later, as he was eating his cornflakes and reading the newspaper, he was shocked to see, in a large announcement, that Dinosaur Jr were away to start a new tour. With a replacement.

He wasn't pleased.

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