Sebadoh

Sebadoh

Sebadoh

III

Domino

No one will ever understand how much Sebadoh, and the album III truly meant to me when I was 16 years old. Lou Barlow’s (originally from Dinosaur Jr.) heart-aching acoustic pleas for love intermingled with Eric Gaffney’s punk explosions –and it was blissful. The copy I had growing up was a cassette copy that my friend Jessica had made for me (it had Bubble & Scrape on the other side, an equally brilliant album) and I wore the tape down to the point where my favorite songs sounded warped because of overuse. The tape lived in my car, it was sometimes my only friend on long, late night drives, and lines like “Make it easy and I’ll hold it against you/ I’m on a string dangling right in front of you/ make it hard and I’ll run away/ keep tomorrow while I keep today” (from “truly great thing”) were the soundtrack to my manically-depressed teenage years.

At some point over the years, that tape got lost and I never got around to buying a new copy. Last year, Domino Records reissued the classic indie rock masterpiece and threw in a bonus disc that includes the infamously hard-to-find Gimme Indie Rock EP and outtakes from III. Truthfully, I haven’t even absorbed disc two yet, I’m still stuck on “repeat,” reliving a decade and some change that’s past since I last fell in love with Sebadoh.

Forget Pavement, forget Guided By Voices, forget all of the indie rock bands who are championed today as being the predecessors to modern indie acts like Death Cab For Cutie, Iron & Wine and Bright Eyes. Sebadoh is perhaps the most underrated band from the decade that pushed Alternative into the mainstream.

This reissue is just a taste. The band is back together and about to tour. If you missed them the first time around, don’t make the same mistake twice.

Sebadoh: http://www.sebadoh.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Halloween Nuggets

    Halloween Nuggets (Liberation Hall). Review by Charles D.J. Deppner.

  • RoboCop Steelbook
    RoboCop Steelbook

    Computerized police work in 1987? What could possibly go wrong? Carl F. Gauze reviews.

  • Memoria
    Memoria

    Winner of the Jury Prize of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria subtly draws viewers into a connective reality shaped by the sounds and images emerging from the unknown. Lily and Generoso share their thoughts on the film, currently touring North America.

  • Say Goodnight, Gracie
    Say Goodnight, Gracie

    Lose a job? Eh, there’s always another one. Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • New Music Now 007: crêpe girl
    New Music Now 007: crêpe girl

    Episode 007 features new music by Jack White, Snail Mail, and crêpe girl, and 2 sweet Yoko Ono covers from Stephin Merritt and Deerhoof. Stick around for joy!

  • Hot Water Music
    Hot Water Music

    Feel The Void (Equal Vision Records). Review by Charles D.J. Deppner.

  • Watcher
    Watcher

    Chloe Okuna’s new thriller Watcher is an immersive journey into fear. Review by Phil Bailey.

  • From Here
    From Here

    A mass shooting changes the world, but not the people in it.

  • True West
    True West

    Two brothers attempt to get into movies without killing each other. It’s a close call.

  • In The Heights
    In The Heights

    A lottery ticket and a blackout shift a man’s life in the New York Hispanic community.

From the Archives