Defend Yourself CD (2013)

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Label JOYFUL NOISE RECORDS/ADA
SKU 252624761
UPC 656605483023
UPC 14 00656605483023
Format CD
Release Date 9/17/2013
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Author Sebadoh
Associated Artist/Work Azalia Snail
Technical Info
Engineer Jason Loewenstein; Lou Barlow
CatalogID 54830
Lable Name Joyful Noise (Indie Rock)
Released 2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 45m : 45s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00656605483023
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Brooklyn, NY; Glendale, CA.
Led by once and future Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow, Sebadoh blazed through the '90s, helping to define movements in both indie rock and lo-fi music with their often confused and always ramshackle albums of stoner punk anthems, goofball non-sequiturs, and moody, heartbroken post-grunge guitar rock. Following a 14-year dormancy since 1999's lackluster The Sebadoh, Defend Yourself revitalizes the project with surprisingly few huge changes. Barlow's most serious tunes are still marked by his signature ache, this time informed by the breakup of his 25-year marriage. Songs like the tormented pop of "Oxygen" wouldn't even have sounded that futuristic when Dinosaur Jr. was still called Dinosaur and making records for Homestead in the mid-'80s. The homespun recording ethic of the band's early lo-fi days is revisited as well, with songs sounding like home-recordings with updated means, but they're still relatively gnarly. The buzzy drums and walls of cross-fading guitars on "Final Days" and the plodding fuzz bass, Cobain-ian grunge wail of "Defend Yr Self" sound on par with the band's four-track '90s masterworks like Bubble & Scrape. Without ever exactly getting back to their '90s glory days, Defend Yourself still sounds best when it's as close to that neurotic wonder as is possible almost two decades later. Barlow's sullen self-loathing on the softly sung "Let It Out" has just the right amount of nostalgia. This song recalls his best '90s compositions, holding an honesty in its intensity. When Defend Yourself hits its stride, it's amazing how timeless and unique the classic Sebadoh sound really is. ~ Fred Thomas
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.84) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The album bristles with post-divorce bummers both electric and gracefully acoustic, while guitarist Jason Loewenstein gets heavy in the riff sense..."
Alternative Press - "There's a universality to these tales of heartbreak and woe that will likely strike a chord....A fine return to peak period form."
CMJ - "[T]hankfully not much has changed in the way of Sebadoh's core sound: the guitars are just as grizzled, the melodies just as infectious, the angst just as angsty."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[D]irect and effortlessly melodic....[With] a red-blooded, powerful live feel full of adrenalin and excitement."
Disc 1
1 I Will
2 Love You Here
3 Beat
4 Defend Yr Self
5 Oxygen
6 Once
7 Inquiries
8 State of Mine
9 Final Days
10 Can't Depend
11 Let It Out
12 Listen
13 Separate
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Artist Sebadoh
Music Format Compact Disc

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