Bubble and Scrape
Hugely influential though never superstars themselves, Massachusetts rockers Sebadoh were one of the most crucial bands of the post-punk/alternative/lo-fi/indie/emo landscape. Bubble and Scrape is their final album with founding member (and musical wildcard) Eric Gaffney, whose explosive improvisations were the perfect counterpoint to Lou Barlow's perpetually pouting lyricism. Jason Lowenstein, who joined the ranks on III also comes into his own here, contributing some of his best work to date with jams like "Sister," "Sixteen," and the chaotic "Flood." Lou's trademark sensitive musings are in fine form, especially on the weepy single "Soul and Fire," while Eric's spaz-happy outbursts are especially impressive on tracks like "Emma Get Wild" and the harmonica-laced freakout "Fantastic Disaster." Though various incarnations of the group would continue to record throughout the rest of the nineties, this is really their last great album, and it's held up extremely well over the years; Domino reissued it in 2008 to coincide with a European reunion tour and All Tomorrows Parties gigs.