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Dinosaur Jr. reissuing its first three albums as 'Cassette Trilogy'

November 16, 2011 |  3:59 pm

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Could there be a more fittingly named champion of the nascent revival of the audiocassette tape than the Amherst, Mass., indie rock group Dinosaur Jr.?

On the heels of the quick sellout earlier this year of the cassette reissue of the trio’s 1988 album “Bug,” Dinosaur Jr. is reissuing its first three albums in a limited-edition "Cassette Trilogy" package housed in a wooden box. It will be available for $39 through Joyful Noise Recordings' website beginning Dec. 13.

The band’s 1985 debut album, “Dinosaur,” and its sophomore effort, “You’re Living All Over Me” (1987),  will join “Bug” in the new set, which will be limited to 500 copies, the strategy a growing number of musicians are carrying out in the production on cassette tape, a term that coincidentally was dropped from the Oxford Dictionary earlier this year because editors deemed it antiquated.

The Joyful Noise also offers cassette versions of albums  from such acts as Of Montreal, Deerhoof, Marmoset and Joan of Arc.

The Dinosaur Jr. cassettes, it is noted in the press release, will be high-quality chrome tape. No word, however, whether they’ll use Dolby B, Dolby C or dbx noise-reduction systems, all of which also seem ripe fodder for the ancient audio format revivalists.

Dinosaur Jr. will come through the Southland on tour next month for performances in which the band will play “Bug” in its entirety. The local stops include a Dec. 12 date at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach on Dec. 13 and the Music Box in Hollywood on Dec. 14.


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-- Randy Lewis

Photo of Dinosaur Jr.'s "Cassette Trilogy." Courtesy of Joyful Noise Recordings.