Best known as the remote frontman of the influential indie trio Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis was also an occasional producer and film composer. Born December 10, 1965 in Amherst, Massachusetts, he first emerged as a member of the hardcore unit Deep Wound, founding Dinosaur in 1984. Over the course of acclaimed LPs like 1987's You're Living All Over Me and 1988's Bug, the group emerged among the most highly regarded in alternative rock, with J Mascis' creaky Neil Young-like vocals and monolithic guitar leads becoming primary influences on the burgeoning grunge movement.
The group temporarily disbanded in 1989 to allow J Mascis to dismiss bassist Lou Barlow who went on to form Sebadoh. In this time period, J Mascis sat in on drums with a series of bands including Upsidedown Cross and GobbleHoof while also producing albums for other artists such as GobbleHoof's self-titled LP released in 1990.
J Mascis re-formed Dinosaur Jr. in 1991 and later scored Allison Anders' independent film Gas Food Lodging a year later. He made a cameo appearance in the movie itself and continued collaborating with Anders on her feature Grace of My Heart. Alongside his work with Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis produced records for fIREHOSE (Mr. Machinery Operator) and Tad (In