Color me disappointed. Sebadoh were absolutely great at Johnny Brenda’s last year, but unfortunately this one was nowhere near as good. Though they sounded great this time as well when they did play, their set was marred by technical issues (and Lou Barlow stepping on his glasses at one point didn’t help matters, either) and on the first show of their tour behind a new EP, they just seemed under-rehearased. In fact, at times it SEEMED like a rehearsal rather than a show. Oh well. I’ll stick to their records and hope for a better, tighter show next time.
Lou Barlow’s solo set, in which he played both old and new songs accompanying himself on a ukelele, was much better and highly enjoyable as was Sebadoh members Jason Lowenstein and Bob D’Amico‘s duo Circle of Buzzards. Hewing closer to something that would’ve been on Amphetamine Reptile in the early ’90s or perhaps on SST in the mid ’80s (think Black Flag projects like The Process of Weeding Out or even the Minuteflag record) than to any of their other projects, they started out the night nicely.