A couple of the best advances in the recent trend toward band reformation come thanks to Lou Barlow, setting aside well-documented differences with both Eric Gaffney and J. Mascis to breathe some vitality into the beloved bands Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. But add this to The Police, Genesis, and a host of others, and this rash of reunions tips off the question: For these legends, why now? Lou’s Blackberry may just hold the answer. He spoke with The Mercury News (via LHB):
Barlow, now 40, credits e-mail with allowing both bands to get past their beefs of the snail-mail era.
“E-mail has a way of eliminating the real problems,'” he says. “Even with J. Mascis, if something really comes down, it’s easy to solve stuff in e-mails with two lines in them. . . . Whereas for some reason it’s just impossible when you’re in a practice space or you’re just hanging around.'”
We know things have gone to shit, David, but may as well give firstname.lastname@example.org a shot. Who knows! Anyway, here’s an MP3 of the awesome track “Been There All The Time,” from Dinosaur Jr’s forthcoming Beyond, previously enjoyable only via MySpace stream.
We’re dying to hear the rest of the record! Anybody have?