Lou Barlow: Album & Tour

Lou Barlow Readies His Solo Release And Preps For Tour

Lou Barlow
On October 6, Merge Records will release Lou Barlow's new album, Goodnight Unknown. In the four years since his career-redefining, mostly acoustic record Emoh, Lou Barlow has reunited with Dinosaur Jr. and reissued three of Sebadoh's classic albums. But as the brilliant new Goodnight Unknown illustrates, he's hardly living in the past. Borrowing the live-band energy of Dinosaur Jr. and the stylistic reach of Sebadoh, Barlow has built on Emoh's full production and written a set of immediate, melodic pop songs that Lou describes as, "a cross between my later work with Folk Implosion and my earlier work with Sebadoh... to my ears, anyway."

From the surging opening track "Sharing" to the surprisingly soulful performances on "The Right," Goodnight Unknown benefits from Barlow's tunefulness and his decision to record the record relatively quickly, with old friends and new. The Melvins' Dale Crover adds inspired drum work throughout, and Goodnight Unknown's urgent sound owes just as much to frequent Barlow collaborator Imaad Wasif (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alaska!). The record's considerable power also stems from the new talents on board, including producer Andrew Murdock and Lisa Germano.

Lou Barlow + The Missingmen will be on tour throughout the fall opening for Dinosaur Jr. The Missingmen are guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales. Lou "stole" them from Mike Watt for this tour, and is excited to be bringing you the full band experience of Goodnight Unknown.

Goodnight Unknown Track Listing:
1. Sharing
2. Goodnight Unknown
3. Too Much Freedom
4. Faith In Your Heartbeat
5. The One I Call
6. The Right
7. Gravitate
8. I’m Thinking…
9. One Machine, One Long Fight
10. Praise
11. Take Advantage
12. Modesty
13. Don’t Apologize
14. One Note Tone

Lou Barlow + the Missingmen on Tour:
09/30/09 Wed Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
10/03/09 Sat The Middle East Cambridge, MA
10/04/09 Sun Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
10/07/09 Wed Toad's Place New Haven, CT
10/08/09 Thu 9:30 Club Washington, DC
10/09/09 Fri Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) Philadelphia, PA
10/10/09 Sat Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
10/11/09 Sun Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI
10/13/09 Tue Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
10/14/09 Wed The Pageant St. Louis, MO
10/15/09 Thu The Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
10/16/09 Fri Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
10/17/09 Sat Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
10/22/09 Thu Granada Theater Dallas, TX
10/23/09 Fri Warehouse Live Houston, TX
10/26/09 Mon Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
10/27/09 Tue Slowdown Omaha, NE
10/29/09 Thu Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
10/30/09 Fri Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO
10/31/09 Sat Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
11/03/09 Tue Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
11/04/09 Wed Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
11/05/09 Thu House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
11/06/09 Fri The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
11/07/09 Sat Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR


[Published on: 7/10/09]

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