If you saw this bizarre interview with J Mascis yesterday, as I did (on Prefix), you may have wondered who this woman named Maureen was and why she was wearing purple. Was it a blatant gesture? Did she know Mascis found it to be so pleasing? How stoned was everyone? It only dawned on me later how much Maureen’s conversational style is reminiscent of David Lynch’s. “Now J, J…. J. Not J, period, J!,” she exclaims before launching into a series of warm, personable questions.
She clearly knew a lot about this most renowned guitarist, but there was no hint as to what their relationship was, other than awkward, and “pretty good.” THR uncovered come hilarious details about Maureen — it turns out she is the mother of Megan Jasper, Sub Pop Records’ general manager and knew Mascis when he was in high school with her daughter. “We didn’t quite care for each other at first. I thought he was a freak and he thought that I was kind of gross,” Jasper admitted. “The first time he came to our house, he got in a screaming match with my mom. The visit ended with J standing at the front door yelling, ‘YOU’RE FUCKED!’ to my mom and my mom then yelling to my dad, ‘JIMMY!!! DID YOU HEAR THAT? HE SAID THAT WE’RE FUCKED!'”
Clearly they’ve gotten over that incident, as you can plainly see, even through the awkward pauses. And now, Jasper explains, “Whenever he and my mom are together, my mom will say that if you’re looking for J he’ll be in one of two places — to her right or to her left.” Awww.