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Baker's Dozen

Curiosity, Community, Cacophony: Helm's Baker's Dozen
Mat Colegate , November 17th, 2021 12:56

Helm, aka Luke Younger, takes us through the 13 records that shaped his prolific career, from a teenage love of Manic Street Preachers and Therapy? to chance encounters with Bob Tilton and John Luther Adams


Dinosaur Jr – You’re Living All Over Me

I would have heard this one not too long after discovering Sonic Youth. My introduction to Dinosaur Jr was on that The Year That Punk Broke film. I had that on VHS and obviously was a fan of Nirvana. I got into Sonic Youth and then Dinosaur Jr was like the third tier band down that you got to after those two. This is an album that when I first heard it didn’t blow me away, but it’s one that the more I go back to it the better it sounds. I’m hearing so much other stuff in this now that I wasn’t picking up on when I first heard it. There are parts that are almost kind of proto depressive black metal. The guitar playing isn’t flashy but its fucking amazing. There’s weird tape interludes and odd little things in the mix that come out of nowhere and you barely notice until the fifth time you’ve heard it. And there’s that Lou Barlow track at the end, which is kind of a weird collage experiment.

There’s a lot going on in their music, especially for a three piece. It’s a thick sound. It feels dense. There are parts where it will be like a wall of noise one minute and then it will cut and so much of that will just disappear and you’re just left with the guitar and the drums. It’s a really interestingly mixed album.

I put this album on and turn it up loud and I instantly feel amazing. It’s one of those records that just has that quality to it.