Interview of me in Ghettoblaster Magazine
Posted on October 22, 2012 Posted by John Scalzi 10 Comments
For those of you who enjoy printed matter, there’s a long interview of me in the latest edition of Ghettoblaster, which hits newsstands this week. In it, I talk about Redshirts and whatever (both the blog, and, you know, things in general). Also, in the magazine, apparently we are alerted to the renewed existence of Dinosaur Jr., which will warm the cockles of you early 90s folks. I think I had one of their albums on cassette! So that’s two reasons to pick up the magazine. Get to it.
At first I read the name of the magazine as “Cheetoblaster”, which while also a cool name, wouldn’t be the same magazine.
Of course, now “Cheeto Blasters” needs to be the name of Mr. Scalzi’s next band.
Dinosaur Jr has been reunited for several years already and recently released their 3rd album (!) since their reunion. If you ever liked any of their songs you should check out their new stuff because it’s just as good their old stuff if not better.
@jen: Let’s not forget that J. Mascis released a lot of good music as Dinosaur Jr. when he was without Lou (and sometimes Murph). Although, I do find the music to be richer now that J. and Lou are collaborating again.
Wow. I must really be out of the loop. Never heard of “Ghettoblaster” magazine. Never heard of “Dinosaur Jr.” I think I was listening to Hootie and Blowfish and Blues Traveler in the ’90’s. If I ever picked up a music magazine, it would have been “Rolling Stone.” Still would be.
I never really grokked why Dinosaur Jr. was such a thing. Nothing against them, but for a while there in the 90s they were everyone’s indie darling and I just didn’t see what made them so ubiquitous.
Surely, they’re Dinosaur Sr. by now. Or is there no Dinosaur III?
Well John. I thought I should inform you that because of _Redshirts_ (which I read for our book discussion and loved it) that my halloween costume will be a Redshirt character. I just have to figure out the appropriate demise for my “crewman #6″….there is just so many ways I can die, it is just hard to choose!
Late 80’s folks, I think…
@wizardru: I can’t speak for anyone else, especially since I was already too old to be part of “the scene” in the nineties, but I liked Dinosaur Jr. for the way they blended roots-rock with indie sensibilities. They weren’t afraid of their past or of looking to the future. (I actually thought their name was a reference to the old-fashioned elements in their music.) J. Mascis strongly reminded me of the much-underrated Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), both in his singing and his playing. This old fart, who actually saw the original Jefferson Airplane as a kid, was a big fan of both J’s.
Cool to see them share a magazine with Scalzi. Cooler that Scalzi knows who they are. Maybe I just never realized how popular they actually were.