US rock band Dinosaur Jr have performed Neil Young’s 1975 track ‘Cortez the Killer’ during their gig at New York’s Bowery Ballroom last night (December 5), where they have a six-night residency.
The band, who are at the venue December 3-8, were supported on vocals by Lee Ranaldo from post-punks Sonic Youth, while American comedian Fred Armisen joined usual drummer Murph on a second kit.
The cover, from Neil Young‘s seventh studio album ‘Zuma’ (recorded with his band Crazy Horse), was in addition to a rendition Dinosaur Jr played of Ian Rubbish and the Bizarros’ ‘Hey Policeman!’.
The Bizarros are a fictional punk band from Armisen’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch The History of Punk, in which front man Ian Rubbish gets fired by the rest of the band for speaking out in praise of Margaret Thatcher.
The double helping of covers comes just days after Kurt Vile, ex-Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Steve Gunn played The Velvet Underground‘s seminal track ‘Sister Ray’ at New York’s Webster Hall. The gig was part of Ground Control Touring’s 15th anniversary celebration night, and featured numerous collaborations across three stages from various artists including Parquet Courts and Waxahatchee.
Founding member Lou Barlow also released his first solo album in six years in September. Titled ‘Brace The Wave’, the record was Barlow’s third under his own name, and was supported by a European and US tour, culminating in a single UK show at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on October 5.
Dinosaur Jr first toured with Sonic Youth in 1986 (according to Ranaldo), but this isn’t the first time the band have covered the Neil Young track. They played it last week with Kurt Vile, and main songwriter J Mascis has previously played the track as well.