Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Who's the Daddy? Lou Barlow Reflects On Music, Money & Mascis As The Godfather

Though many of the plaudits directed at the outstanding legacy of Dinosaur Jr. are heaped on the iconic J. Mascis, his band mate and Bassmeister General - yes, that's an official military position - Lou Barlow deserves plenty of credit as well. 

In addition to that stirling contribution to 80's alternative rock, Mr Barlow went on to continue shaping music at the forefront of his next band Sebadoh during the 90's.

Now, as another decade dawns, his solo work is what occupies his current musical thoughts, when not satisfying nostalgic appetites with the resurrected, and still fantastic, output of Dino Jr. Recent track Gravitate gives an indication as to where his tastes lie, with slow, reflective builds and a characteristic fuzz to the sound, as it bursts into its groove.

MP3: Lou Barlow - Gravitate
Taken from  the 2009 album, Goodnight Unknown

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MP3: Dinosaur Jr. - I Want You To Know (via Insound)
Taken from the 2009 album Farm

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In a happy incidence of serendipity, the fella just gave an interview to the folks at Dirty Laundry (vid below), in which he discusses many of the points that brought him to the current output and how life is for a cult figure in rock history. Unsurprisingly down to earth, it's a pleasure to hear such a chill, uncomplicated account of music that influenced the lives of so many.

Dirty Laundry Presents: Lou Barlow Part 1 from Dirty Laundry on Vimeo.

At the same time, my plan to check out the splendiferous - another bona fide real word...definitely - Wye Oak here at the Mercury Lounge next Wednesday yields the bonus of seeing Lou Barlow headline the very same stage an hour later, so this is all clearly as fate intended. Watch out for a show review on that one and throw back to some hazy alt-rock, like Momma used to make, as you do so.

Photo Credit: Arleach

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