No doubt, apologies are a large part of the Lou Barlow canon: Apologizing, wanting someone to apologize, etc. (Barlow would be the first to admit EMOH earned its name.) On his second proper solo album Goodnight Unknown, Barlow finds a way to revisit said heartache-y canon — think the emotionally barest of Sebadoh, Sentridoh — while updating and filling-out the sound in a natural enough way. (Like adding Melvins’ Dale Crover on drums.) You’ve likely heard the lead track “Gravitate,” which Barlow described as “a good combination of my least accessible Sentridoh stuff and my most successful Folk Implosion stuff.” That combo also shows up on “Don’t Apologize.” Hear for yourself in this Adam Harding-directed praying-mantis-from-space video treatment. Besides the bug, a stuffed mouse, Lou, and some self-referential art on the walls, you’ll also spot Imaad Wasif and Crover. It’s the first of six Goodnight Unknown videos.
You can also check out this 30-minute making of Goodnight Unknown, if you want the nitty gritty.
Eventually, all Goodnight-related clips will be housed at Lootube.
Goodnight Unknown is out 10/6 via Merge. Lou will be playing both as Lou and in Dinosaur for the following dates, except where noted:
10/02 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/03 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
10/04 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
10/06 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Release Show) #
10/07 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10/08 – 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
# No Dinosaur Jr.