Lou Barlow’s Back On His Own With Goodnight Unknown

Taking some time out from the resurgent Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow’s releasing his first solo album since 2005’s Emoh this fall. It’s called Goodnight Unknown and he describes it as “a cross between my later work with Folk Implosion and my earlier work with Sebadoh…to my ears, anyway.” We haven’t heard it, so we’re unable to tell you if his ears are accurate, but we do know the Melvins’ Dale Crover plays drums on it (which should be pretty amazing). Lisa Germano and Folk Implosion collaborator and honorary Yeah Yeah Yeah Imaad Wasif also contribute. And Barlow and his band the Missingmen (Mike Watt pals guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales) are on tour opening for Dinosaur this fall. We have the dates and the cuddly kids’ book surreal album art.


The tracklist:

01 “Sharing”
02 “Goodnight Unknown”
03 “Too Much Freedom”
04 “Faith In Your Heartbeat”
05 “The One I Call”
06 “The Right”
07 “Gravitate”
08 “I’m Thinking…”
09 “One Machine, One Long Fight”
10 “Praise”
11 “Take Advantage”
12 “Modesty”
13 “Don’t Apologize”
14 “One Note Tone”

Goodnight Unknown is out 10/6 via Merge. Lou doing double time with Dinosaur and the Missingmen:

09/30 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/01 – Montreal, QB @ 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 – 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