After leaving Dinosaur Jr, (a band he reunited with in 2005), Lou Barlow teamed up in his pal Eric Gaffney in 1988 with the plan to make lo-fi four-track recordings, under the name Sebadoh.The duo made two albums, Weed Forestin and The Freed Man, and released both on cassette, and released Sebadoh III in 1991.
Songs on that album were written by Barlow, Gaffney and a new recruit, bassist Jason Loewenstein. In 1993, Eric left and was replaced by drummer and friend Bob Fay, for two albums, Bakesale and Harmacy.
In 2004, Lou and Jason embarked on the “Turbo Acoustic” tour, but in 2007, the three original members of Sebadoh – Eric, Lou and Jason – reunited to play the “Classix” and performing together for the first time in 14 years across dates in the US, Canada and Europe. The setlist drew from a number of tracks off of their classic early-90s discs including III, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock and the then-reissue of Bubble and Scrape.
In 2011, Jason and Lou set out on a world tour to support the re-issue of Sebadoh’s 1994 album, Bakesale (the band’s acclaimed fifth full-length album). Remastered and re-released by SubPop in North America, and Domino Records in the UK, the deluxe version of Bakesale comes filled with b-sides, EP tracks and rareties, plus photos and liner notes by Lou and Jason. There’s also a grey-marble vinyl version. The band also embarked on the “Bakesale/Harmacy Remembering Time Tour”, joined by drummer Bob D’Amico, who has played with Jason as part of the Friendly Fires and Circle of Buzzards.
In 2012, after disembarking from the Weezer Cruise that took place in January on a ship that sailed between Miami and Mexico, Sebadoh began work on the band’s first new music in 14 years. Recording in several batches at Lou’s rehearsal spot, Jason, Bob and Lou plan to release an EP of new songs in August to support a Sebadoh/Circle of Buzzards/Lou Barlow solo East coast tour. The EP will also be made available for download and a full new album will be issued in the new year.