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"They say I should've known that I'd end up alone," ex-Dinosaur Jr. member Mike Johnson sings on the achingly beautiful and sarcastically titled I Feel Alright. It's a defeated and numb statement, but it's also the most typical sentiment found on Johnson's latest collection of melancholia, misery, and countrified blues. Singing with a basement baritone that immediately recalls Mark Lanegan, Johnson's songs come off as desperate juke-joint lovers' laments. Songs like "Turn Around," "One Liner," and "A Message to Pretty" are unnerving in their emotional honesty, and when silver-voiced Tiffany Anders joins him on the album's heartbreaking highlights, "I Don't Love You" and "I've Got to Have You," the effect is startlingly touching. Don't expect to find a pick-me-up on I Feel Alright, but for listeners who look to the bleakest musicians in their record collections when they're down and downtrodden, look no further than Mike Johnson.


Born: 1952 in Grant's Pass, OR

Genre: Graphic Novels

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Whether as a solo artist, an accompanist for Mark Lanegan, a bassist for Dinosaur Jr., or a sought-after mixer, the talented Mike Johnson has always been an active part of the indie rock scene. Starting in 1985 with the melodic punk-influenced combo Snakepit, he sang and played the guitar with that group for six years. In that time they managed to release material locally in Eugene, OR, but around 1990 Johnson was tired of the group and they broke up. Johnson met up with J Mascis in this time, and...
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