Video: Lou Barlow – “Over You”
Video by Lou & Adelle. From Reason to Live, out May 28 on Joyful Noise.
Sure, there’s a new Dinosaur Jr album out today, and everything we’ve heard from it so far is awesome, but hey, Lou Barlow’s got a new solo album on the way as well, so check out the new song. (And they called us the slacker generation!)
Barlow says the leadoff single “came from the general longing of my teenage years” and it’s “based on one melody and lyric fragment I captured on cassette back in 1982 or so. In 2019, I decided to resurrect and expand this nugget for my ‘Artist Enabler Series’ for Joyful Noise. I used some of the original lyrics: ‘I knew everything about you. I knew nothing about you’ and built on that feeling, the phrase ‘over you’ became the chorus. I recorded the basic tracks for the new version onto cassette in an attempt to mimic the atmosphere of the original.”
It’s Lou’s specialty to pack a lifetime of emotion into a two-minute pop song. The longing, the regret, that feeling of being haunted by memories. People tell you to “get over it” but there are things it’s impossible to get over; some memories are just an intrinsic part of your being.
“When considering the video I talked to my wife, Adelle, about things in our lives that we’ve never been ‘over.’ We moved from California six years ago, a place that we both loved. We started compiling home videos from our times living there (17 years in my case) and scenes from some 80’s movies that were filmed in LA. When we combined the footage it seemed to work with the song.”
Video: Paul Leary – “Born Stupid”
From Born Stupid, due February 12 on Shimmy Disc/Joyful Noise.
True* story: Paul Leary once aimed a shotgun directly at my face and pulled the trigger. I saw the flame shoot out of the barrel and everything. This was at Lollapalooza in 1991 and I was way up on the lawn at Pine Knob, but I swear he was aiming at me.
Anyway the Butthole Surfer is releasing a solo album, his first since The History Of Dogs in 1991, which is the same year that I remember him shooting at me. Thirty years later, it’s time for a follow up. Why not?
With so much strife and peril in this world
I’d like to help make things better
But, instead, I had to be born stupid
Without no sense at all.
Leary told Flood magazine that the song “was born from a revelation I had while riding my bicycle that I am not as smart as I wish I was. The video for this song is my first video ever attempted. And it is stupid.” He is right. But who cares?
Born Stupid will be the first release on the newly relaunched incarnation of Shimmy-Disc, the label founded by Kramer that put out all those Bongwater and King Missile albums back in the 80s and 90s. Kramer is a legend and if you haven’t read his Believer magazine interview about touring with the Buttholes, you really should, because it’s amazing.
Seems like a great day to start something new!
* Fact check: Goddamn YouTube ruins a story once again by revealing it was actually Gibby Haynes who was packing heat on that tour. Oh well.
Video: Eerie Wanda – “Cars and Parties” [Edith Frost cover]
Single out now on Joyful Noise.
Eerie Wanda is the project of Dutch/Croatian songwriter Marina Tadic. She has released two albums on Joyful Noise and now released a home recorded cover of this classic Edith Frost song of displacement from 2001’s Wonder Wonder.
Everyone I know reminds me
Of someone down in Texas
And every strip mall on the highway
Reminds me of my home
Tadic says, “I discovered her music earlier this year and fell in love with it. I made it together with Adam Harding and Kramer. We hope it brightens your days.”
It definitely does!
Any time someone brings up Edith Frost it brightens our day. It’s been almost 15 years since Frost released her last album, It’s a Game, on Chicago’s Drag City Records. Other than an annual holiday song she hasn’t released much music since then (except for a brief, ill-fated collaboration with noted douchebag David Obuchowski called Distant Correspondent).
Hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer. Back in July, Frost suggested that she would be “going to Chicago to record in about 2 months,” but then in October she admitted, “My Chicago plans are delayed, or rather still haven’t gelled, got too many busy people involved.” So cross your fingers and wish her luck in pulling it all together.
It’s very exciting to imagine actually getting a new Edith Frost album!
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Video: Ohmme – “Give Me Back My Man”
Directed by Hannah Welever. Single out now on Joyful Noise.
For people who only know “Love Shack” or “Roam” it might be hard to imagine that the B-52s were ever anything other than a gimmick in a beehive. But they were always cooler than that, and Ohmme knows it.
John Lennon knew it too. He was inspired to start making music again after he heard “Rock Lobster.” “It sounds just like Ono’s music,” he told Rolling Stone, “so I said to meself, ‘It’s time to get out the old axe and wake the wife up!'” And they made Double Fantasy, which doesn’t sound anything like the B-52s, but hey. Inspiration is a mysterious thing.
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Video: Lou Barlow – “Love Intervene”
From the Love Intervene b/w Don’t Like Changes 7-inch, out now on Joyful Noise.
Many, many years ago Johnny Loftus made me a Sebadoh mix because — for whatever reason — I had totally skipped them over at the time. I had always liked Lou Barlow’s songs on the Dinosaur Jr. albums, but I just never followed the thread. Listening to Johnny’s mix I realized what I’d been missing. Lou Barlow is a really good songwriter! And Jason Loewenstein is good too! (Plus he’s a Jason who goes by “Jake” which is exotic and cool.)
Anyway, that’s how I got into Lou Barlow’s stuff. And now he’s a got a new song. And because he’s old school punk rock, he’s releasing it as a seven-inch like a decent human being.
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