40 Songs, 1 Hour 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lo-fi champions Sebadoh head into a professional recording studio and perform like a real functioning band for Bakesale. Lou Barlow’s emotive style comes through with a series of great tunes, including “Together or Alone,” “Not a Friend” and “Skull.” Bassist Jason Loewenstein contrasts these with his own hard-hitting songs. The fantastically desperate “Careful” and the deliriously grungy “Not Too Amused” (also here in demo form) prove they’re finally a band firing on all cylinders, having covered the loss of founding member Eric Gaffney flawlessly. They’re still deliberately loose, pushing and pulling rhythms at will. The Deluxe Edition features an impressive 25 bonus cuts, including an acoustic demo of “On Fire” that would be a highlight of the Harmacy album. Bonus material includes home four-track recordings, alternate mixes, acoustic demos and lost tunes. The 4-track recording of “Mystery Man” is powerful. “Drumstick Jumble” is a clutter of effects. “Perfect Way” is touching and “Hank Williams” is dark and sinister. If anyone needs a definition for indie-rock ‘90s style, here it is.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lo-fi champions Sebadoh head into a professional recording studio and perform like a real functioning band for Bakesale. Lou Barlow’s emotive style comes through with a series of great tunes, including “Together or Alone,” “Not a Friend” and “Skull.” Bassist Jason Loewenstein contrasts these with his own hard-hitting songs. The fantastically desperate “Careful” and the deliriously grungy “Not Too Amused” (also here in demo form) prove they’re finally a band firing on all cylinders, having covered the loss of founding member Eric Gaffney flawlessly. They’re still deliberately loose, pushing and pulling rhythms at will. The Deluxe Edition features an impressive 25 bonus cuts, including an acoustic demo of “On Fire” that would be a highlight of the Harmacy album. Bonus material includes home four-track recordings, alternate mixes, acoustic demos and lost tunes. The 4-track recording of “Mystery Man” is powerful. “Drumstick Jumble” is a clutter of effects. “Perfect Way” is touching and “Hank Williams” is dark and sinister. If anyone needs a definition for indie-rock ‘90s style, here it is.

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