1 MOR backlash
2 Not a friend
5 Mystery Man
6 Drumstick Jumble
7 Lime kiln
8 Fancy-ass / Destitute
9 Perfect Way
10 Give The Drummer Some
12 Social Medicine
13 On Fire (acoustic)
14 Magnet's Coil (acoustic)
15 Rebound (acoustic)
16 Punching Myself In The Face Repeatedly, Publicly
17 Sing Something / Plate Of Hatred
18 III Screams (wet synth mix)
20 Rainbow Farm
21 Hank Williams
24 Not Too Amused
25 Shit Soup
"Magnet's Coil" from the o.g. version of Bakesale:
Indie perennials Sebadoh and Quasi have announced that they will be touring together this February and they are kicking it off in San Francisco! Dates follow:
08 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
10 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
12 -- Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
14 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
15 -- Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
16 -- Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
17 -- Norman, OK @ Opolis
18 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
19 -- Austin, TX @ Emo's
21 -- Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress
22 -- Tempe, AZ @ Rhythm Room
23 -- San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
25 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Lou Barlow's songs were the background music to my college experience. Actually, they were more than the background music...they were more like little saviors, tiny gems that made life a bit more bearable when things got complicated and rough. Barlow's music both described and assuaged situations I found myself surrounded with and confronting back then.
These were also my days of extreme lo-fi appreciation, and Lou was one of the musicians at the apex of my admiration. His songs were so naked. They felt real. His openness was so plain, both in music and words. Those songs were soft and hard at the same time, gentle yet defiant, the perfect combination of sweet melody and roughness -- the way so much of the best music is. I spent a lot of time with my Sebadoh records on repeat in those days, and Lou's contributions were the ones that resounded the most.
A few years ago, I met him here at Amoeba, back when Dinosaur Jr had an (awesome) instore. It was a memorable day, but my sudden nerves around him are something I kinda want to forget! Despite the fact that it'd been years since I'd even listened to those Sebadoh records, it all was still right there and fresh in my mind. Though I was directly involved with getting the band set up and onstage, I barely spoke to or even looked at Lou (which I actually think he appreciated), and in no way even attempted to even engage him in regular conversation, let alone pass on how much his music had meant to me at an important time in my life. Instead, I gabbed away with J Mascis about cereal. Yup.
Sometimes I think things are better left unsaid, and when it comes to these things, that is truly always the case. Better to talk to someone else about breakfast food and enjoy the music.
3 Years Employment
ME: Hi Leah. So, what music was playing around your house when you were a kid and before you had a choice?
L.B.: The Beatles.
I don't remember any specific one, just kind of all of them.
Do you remember a song or artist in particular that you really attached to and that became an obsession when you were a kid?
There wasn't really any particular artist but there are songs I always remember hearing and I associate with be a kid, two specifically: One was a Supertramp song and one was "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty.
Wow, I have no idea what that is.
You probably would if you heard it.
Do you remember the first show you ever went to?
The first show I went to was REM when I was in 8th grade, the first like bigger show. It was in Worcester, Mass. I can't remember who they played with-- I think it was the Indigo Girls!
I just interviewed Sabrina, who is also from Boston, and I asked her about the scene. What is your take on the scene and what are/were your favorite bands from there?
Well, when I was in high school a lot of my friends were in local hardcore bands and that scene at the time (like the early 90s) was totally fun. It was a good time in Boston. Lots of good times, good energy and at the time we thought it was good music. Lots of kids were straight edge then and they weren't like preachy about it. A lot of the bands I liked when I was in high school broke up cause they were local bands and they went to college and got into different things. I would go to tons of shows and they weren't all hardcore shows, like I saw lots of "alternative" rock shows at the Orpheum. It's kind of like the Warfield but more decrepit. They closed it down for a while, so when Sabrina started going it was a totally different generation of shows there. I saw the Sugarcubes and Sonic Youth there and stuff like that.