Greetings music lover. We are extremely excited to announce that the legendary Lou Barlow will release his first solo album in six years on JNR! Barlow's extensive and celebrated discography includes releases from Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, and his new solo album will mark the third release under his own name.
You can hear snippets of various album tracks -- along with commentary from Barlow himself -- in this new album trailer.
"Brace The Wave" is now available for pre-order on vinyl, CD, cassette, and digital. We also have a VIP Exclusive vinyl edition, limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies on marbled pink & seafoam vinyl. In addition to the awesome color and limited nature of this pressing, 100 random copies will include an original Polaroid "selfie" by Lou Barlow. Available while they last...
VIP-Exclusive Vinyl Edition
VIP Exclusive Vinyl Edition
Straight from the horse's mouth...
Hi, my name is Lou Barlow. This is "Brace the Wave". Here is my short bio.
One of my first song writing attempts occurred in 1983- it is called “Lou’s Anxiety Song”, released by my first band, Deep Wound. The original title was ‘Pressures’, but the singer decided to scream “Lou’s anxiety song!!” at the beginning (his commentary on the overly earnest lyrics). The title stuck.
Deep Wound evolved into Dinosaur Jr. While playing in that band I began recording short songs on a baritone ukulele that I modified with heavier strings and flexible tunings. I called myself Sentridoh. My first solo LP ‘Weed Forestin’’ was a cassette that I duplicated and gave away. I was too bashful to play any Sentridoh songs for my slightly older, much cooler bandmates. I eventually started a band of my own called Sebadoh. We gained some momentum in the 90s. And then in 1994, I started another band called Folk Implosion.
By the early 2000s, everything had crashed and burned. I was alone again with my 4-track and a basic knowledge of recording. I still had a ukulele and was most comfortable writing uncomfortable songs. I love the cozy self-delusion of the creative process. Finishing songs, making records and holding the finished piece in hand is incredibly satisfying. In 2005 I made my first official solo LP under my actual name instead of a made-up, nonsense word. Around that time, I sensibly began touring with Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh again which brings me to now… 2015.
Having moved back to Massachusetts (after 17 years in Los Angeles), I recorded ‘Brace The Wave’ in 6 days with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab studios in Easthampton. Justin was the engineer for the 3 Dinosaur Jr ‘reunion’ LP’s. My ease with Justin meant I approached the sessions with focus and confidence. Songs like “Redeemed”, “Wave” and “Moving” reprise my early methods of tuning my ukulele down low and writing the songs during the recording process. Others like “Lazy” and “C+E” are traditional-style folk songs that I performed live in the studio.
Here it is, “Lou’s Anxiety Song(s)” 2015, less fretful, still restless.
- Lou Barlow
Tour Dates: 9/8: Boston, MA @ Great Scott 9/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade 9/10: Philadelphia, OA @ Johnny Brenda's 9/11: Washington, DC @ DC9 9/22: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill 9/23: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co. 9/24: San Diego, CA @ Casbah 9/25: Pioneertown, CA @ Desert Stars 9/26: Costa Mesa, CA @ Wayfarer (early show)