Domino Records is still on a Sebadoh reissue jag.
After putting together an outstanding reissue package for the band's undisputed classic Sebadoh III album in 2006, complete with a treasure trove of unreleased material, the label is prepping a deluxe edition of The Freed Man, Sebadoh's first record.
Re-mastered, with 52 total tracks on a single disc, The Freed Man also boasts a wealth of tracks that have never seen the light of day and liner notes from both Lou Barlow and Eric Gaffney, the two antagonists who fought and argued over just about everything while putting together ragged, noisy squalls of indie-rock rage and tender, brutally honest ballads that broke a lot of hearts along the way.
In this day and age, it seems almost unbelievable that an album like this has never been properly released on CD, but such is the case with The Freed Man. It was originally released on Homestead Records in 1989 on cassette and vinyl only, which pretty much relegated Sebadoh to the underground.
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The return of Dinosaur Jr.
In other Barlow related news, the original Dinosaur Jr. lineup, with Barlow on bass and the ever-dependable Murph on drums, has unexpectedly reconvened for a new album called Beyond and along with the Iggy Pop and The Stooges reunion, it is undoubtedly the comeback of the year.
If you've never heard J. Mascis' guitar solos, you are missing out. Wild and untamed, Mascis is not a technician; he plays from the heart and his searing solos show it. Unpredictable and full of raw emotion, they shoot straight at the heart, like a tracer missile from cupid's fighter jet.
Goldmine is doggedly tracking down an interview with the Dinosaur Jr. boys, so keep an eye out for it. As for the new record, it is a monster, on par with anything they've ever done, and that includes Where You Been? Check out the opener "Almost Ready," with its powerful melodic current and torn-and-tattered, distorted guitar glory. Great hooks, solidly executed soloing that's in a league with Neil Young (see the Crazy Horse-style, torn-and-frayed rockers "Pick Me Up" and "Back To The Heart") and rhythms that scorch earth make Beyond an amazing return to form, as do slurred, bittersweet reflections on love and loss like the incredible "Crumble." Dinosaur Jr. sounds like its far from extinct on an album that's going to get a lot of votes for record of the year.