MP3: Wye Oak – “Civilian” from Civilian, due March 8 on Merge.
Listen to this one all the way through. It gets better. And then once you think it’s done getting better, it gets even better.
Lou’s got a new band—the Missingmen, featuring Tom Watson and Raul Morales—and he’s dusting off the “Sentridoh” moniker for a new 8-song EP to go along with their summer tour (dates below). “Losercore” is classic Barlow, but the video from “On the Face” makes me wonder if he and Luke Wilson are starting to morph into each other. Maybe AT&T should should use a little Sebadoh in their next U-verse ad.
Video: Lou Barlow – “On the Face”
Shearwater and Wye Oak at Gardner Lounge
Grinnell College, Iowa, April 7, 2010
“Excuse me!” I yelled to the young man who was walking through the parking lot where I ended up. “Could you tell me where Gardner Lounge is?”
I was on the campus of Grinnell College, a private and wildly expensive college located in the sleepy Iowa town of Grinnell (population 9,500). There’s not a lot to do in Grinnell, which is why the college uses some of the $45,000 it charges undergrads each year in tuition to bring in top-tier alternative bands for the students’ amusement. The best part about these shows is that they’re free and they occasionally let the rest of us dumb Iowa natives into their exclusive buildings to witness the event.