Sebadoh at the Paradise

Photographic Evidence
by Mark Jenko

The Paradise
Boston, MA - 3/24/11

Lou Barlow on guitar!

Sebadoh - Old Daze

Jason Loewenstein in Control

I experienced perhaps the best rock performance to date this year in Boston at the Paradise last Thursday (*our most worthy preview by writer Nick Parker) as Sebadoh dished out polished versions of their old low-fi masterpieces and some wild, fiery favorites. The band still has criminal leaning... they still wanna tear down the house and burn up the night, but the realities of playing for years best defines them as marksmen - not spastic kids. Jason Loewenstein's screaming vocals transported the audience to different, simplier times. One could readily envision the band ripping up Boston much the same two decades earlier. Lou Barlow, who plays the counterpart to the madness, is just absurd on his guitar - he really has his own personality with the instrument. And, notably, Barlow was his talkative self - telling stories and anecdotes that tickled fans between numbers up on the stage. A couple of times his banter seemed to lose the band, but he deviated back and the rock resumed.

Bob D'Amico was amazing

A big tip of the hat to Bob D'Amico, who played flawless throughout. You could definitely hear him synced up with "Jake" Lowenstein, who he has played with for years - most notably with the Fiery Furnaces. The Sebadoh songs have never sounded better with D'Amico behind the drums. Purists may prefer the dissonance, fuzz (and sometimes even slop) from the earlier recordings, but I really have a hard time denying the obvious: the band is playing exceptionally well. What unfolded for us was a gift of a night - and with many dates still ahead, that's great news for those of you finding yourself reading this.

Sebadoh in Boston - 3/24/11

Complete Tour Dates

Tonight: Orlando @ The Social 

03/31 Birmingham @ Bottletree 

04/01 Nashville @ Mercy Lounge 

04/02 St Louis @ Off Broadway 

04/03 Chicago @ Lincoln Hall 

04/04 Cleveland @ Grog Shop 

04/06 Toronto @ Lee's Palace 

04/07 Montreal @ La Sala Rossa 

04/08 Northampton @ Pearl St 

04/09 New York @ Bowery Ballroom 

04/10 New York @ Bowery Ballroom

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a.zaino said…
Great show. I was the a hole that probably pissed people off for having to much fun up front. but no one seemed to care about moving or enjoying themselves. but then again who am I to judge. people enjoy music in different ways.
Herb said…
Agreed.Having fun is the whole idea. Though, I was surprised they didnt toss you, plus you were wasting alot of $5 Heineys.
a.zaino said…
yes. i was. but i needed something to hit against the stage. unless i was to use my own head. or my brothers

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