Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis is now in the jigsaw puzzle business

No one saw this coming: J Mascis as a jigsaw puzzle king. He and graphic designer Aaron Draplin have created a company called Puzzle-Heads. And get this: it’s a jigsaw puzzle subscription service.

For US$81 (3 puzzles) US$150 (6 puzzles), you’ll have them delivered to your house each month with the first shipment coming in December 2022 in time for Christmas.

Year One of the service will include puzzles featuring David Bowie, Dino Jr, Joy Division, Bad Brains, Wilcon, Sharn Van Etten, and Angel Olsen. And if you have an artist you’d like to see deconstructed into tiny pieces, Puzzle-Heads will do their best to fulfill your wish.

I quote from Brian Shwartz at 75 Management, which is also part of this: “Many of us have always loved a good jigsaw puzzle and many of us became fans during the pandemic. I personally always had a puzzle on the table, and during the pandemic, I found myself searching for imagery that wasn’t available. I wanted puzzles to just show up at my doorstep so we decided to do it ourselves. All of us at Puzzle-Heads love puzzles and we love music. We happen to have day jobs in music and so we have the network to license some of the most iconic cover imagery and rock ‘n’ roll art out there. With J and Aaron helping to curate, we’ll make Puzzle Heads members come back for more. We hope all the Puzzle-Heads out there enjoy many hours of piecing our puzzles. Get It Together!”

There’s also a nice extra thing that goes with this. For every subscription sold, Puzzle-Heads will donate a sensory necklace or toy to a child with autism.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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