MusicfestNW 2011, Thursday: Sebadoh

photo by William Anthony

If you are a fan or were part of the lo-fi scene of the 1990’s, Sebadoh is 101 listening material along with such eponymous bands as Pavement and Guided By Voices. Sebadoh was formed in the late ’80’s after Lou Barlow got the boot from J. Mascis and Dinosaur Jr.  Sebadoh’s sound is nearly all-encompassing, ranging from easy-going folk to flat out noise experimentation and they have built up a huge and loyal fan base, partly as a result of their musical diversity. It will be interesting to see how this lo-fi sound of the ’90’s, which was largely recorded on tape cassette recorders, will translate into the live setting, given the vast amount of technology available to enhance, experiment and explore new soundscapes. Make sure to catch Sebadoh tonight at 9pm at the Crystal Ballroom.

Sebadoh, performing as part of KEXP’s live broadcast from Doug Fir Lounge, put on a nostalgic set of loud ’90’s rock. Their longer set (they played give or take ten songs) consisted of the more accessible side of their catalog, including crowd favorites such as “Soul and Fire” and “Forced Love,” both off their 1993 album, Bubble & Scrape. However, Bakesale, arguably their most accessible album, released in 1994, was the favored album in this specific set that frontman Lou Barlow claimed was “warm-up for [our] show at Crystal Ballroom tonight.” They hadn’t played together since returning from their European tour a couple weeks ago. Nevermind, they were spot on — Barlow and Loewenstein switched duties on guitar and bass, respectively, halfway through the set as Loewenstein also manned vocals for the remainder of the live session. This was a special treat for the small audience that packed into Doug Fir Lounge.

photos by Brittney Bush Bollay:

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One Comment

  1. Gordon Vanguard
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Sebadoh is arguably one of the most important and under appreciated indie rock bands of the 90s. I’d love to hear them make more albums!

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