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J Mascis, ‘Several Shades of Why’ (Sub Pop)

In addition to reconvening his influential proto-grunge trio Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis has spent the past few years indulging his love of classic rock and doom metal with Sweet Apple and Witch, respectively. On his first solo studio album, though, the granny-spectacled guitar god unplugs for a set of gentle acoustic ditties. Pals Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses and Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene pitch in, but Why definitely exudes an introspective home-recording vibe. Call it I’m Living All Over Me.