As the spurned former bandmate of Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, frontman Lou Barlow hit the sour/sweet spot between cynical and romantic viewpoints with shambolic aplomb. Anchored by the wistfully buoyant anthems "License to Confuse" and "Rebound," Barlow's 15-track opus is a letter-perfect study in the Gen-X hallmarks of self-loathing and narcissism, but with an entirely appealing note of humanity that makes it as important to the Clinton-era indie-rock canon as Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted.
Sebadoh's embarking on a North American tour in support of the re-issues; the band will hit Neumos this Saturday night. Tickets are $15, but I'm about to hook someone up for free.If you want to win a pair of Sebadoh tickets, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow at 3 p.m. You'll be entered in a drawing to win the tickets. The winner will be notified shortly after 3 p.m.