Watch J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. on “Portlandia”By Ricardo Baca | January 24th, 2013 | No Comments »
Because J Mascis and â€śPortlandiaâ€ť needed to combine their talents. Because only the IFC sketch comedy show could pull off something so fittingly bizarre as a â€śBattle of the Gentle Bands.â€ť Because the Dinosaur Jr. frontmanâ€™s strange, non-verbal presence totally makes this genius skit.
(Watch J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. on “Portlandia” below.)
The premise in this new â€śPortlandiaâ€ť sketch â€“ airing Friday Jan. 25 on IFC — is a city-wide search for the â€śgentlest,â€ť quietest band in Portland. Challenger No. 1, fronted by Fred Armisen, is Featherwash â€“ a band reminiscent of real-life Portland band Horse Feathers. (The show is best when itâ€™s only slightly on the outskirts of reality in the Pacific Northwestâ€™s most detached city.)
The second act is Bless the Barn, where Mascis enters the picture. We wonâ€™t give anything away, but fans of Mascisâ€™ noisy past will appreciate when he unplugs his guitar because, â€śWe donâ€™t wanna harm any insects.â€ť
To boot, Mascisâ€™ on-screen band includes the showâ€™s Carrie Brownstein (best known musically for her place in Sleater-Kinney) and members of the Dirty Projectors.