Tuesday, July 7, 2009


From the Merge Records Press Dept:
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 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
10-01 Montreal, QUE - Pop Montreal Festival
10-02 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10-03 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10-04 Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
10-07 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
10-08-09 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10-09 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
10-10 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10-11 Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
10-13 Madison, WI - The Majestic Theatre
10-14 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10-15 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10-16 Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall
10-17 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10-26 Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
10-27 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
10-29 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
10-30 Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
11-03 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
11-04 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
11-06 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11-07 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

Lou Barlow covering RATT's "Round and Round"

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