Bill Janovitz

Musician & Author, Buffalo Tom

Bill Janovitz is the frontman and guitarist of the critically acclaimed Boston-based trio Buffalo Tom.  He is also the author of the popular 33 1/3 book series title on the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street, as well as Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell The Story of the Rolling Stones. Formed in 1986, Buffalo Tom were an integral part of the scene which also spawned the Pixies, Lemonheads, and Dinosaur Jr. (with Dinosaur's J Mascis co-producing their first two records).  The band appeared on the popular 1993 compilation No Alternative alongside Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pavement (among others), the Schoolhouse Rock! tribute Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks as well as the My So-Called Life soundtrack.  They also appeared in an episode of My-So Called Life (which launched the careers of Claire Danes and Jared Leto) and were the final musical guest on The Jon Stewart Show.  Buffalo Tom will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their breakthrough third album Let Me Come Over next year and recently announced that they are working on their 9th album (and first in 5 years).   Fans can pre-order the record, along with other incentives, now at Pledge Music with a percentage of the proceeds to be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank.  This is Bill Janovitz's Fidelity High:  Dinosaur (Jr.) // You're Living All Over Me // SST Records // 1987.  Bill says, "Picking just one life-changing record for me, for anyone I guess, is tough.  I could've gone with Exile on Main Street, but I wrote a whole book on that.  Remain In Light was another pivotal point.  Gun Club's Fire of Love, R.E.M.'s Murmur, Zen Arcade, Let It Be (Replacements edition), and the Feelies' Good Earth were all direct shared influences that brought Buffalo Tom together and informed our songwriting.  But it was these guys who we knew at UMass Amherst in the mid-1980s whose music we loved, saw them sign to labels we respected, tour the world and so on. The music melded so many of my influences up through my teens into college from classic rock like Neil Young, through Mission of Burma, Sonic Youth and Hüsker Dü, to the Cure and New Order.  J and I even shared a love of the Boston band, the Neats, something I recall chatting with him as he stepped in to help us produce our first record, which also debuted on SST here in the US, a dream come true at the time.  So, it is that very direct connection that makes this album, You're Living All Over Me, a life-changer.  It was so beloved in our shared habitat of the Amherst/Northampton area, and very quickly spread around the world.  Other records changed the way I thought about music, or simply made me feel the songs deeply.  But this record did all of that plus we got to be friends and collaborators.  It was a true honor for me to sing one of the songs off of this, 'Tarpit,' with Dino Jr. during a run of shows in NYC in 2015 for their 30th anniversary celebration.  And it was great to have BT and Dino on the same bill again this past weekend in Boston, our first show together in about 25+ years."


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