The seemingly unstoppable work ethic of Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow has led to not only a summer tour for that band but also a new album, I Bet On Sky, due out in September. As if this weren’t enough, Barlow recently announced that his other band, Sebadoh, is releasing a new five-song EP. Titled Secret, it consists of the band’s first recorded new material since 1999’s The Sebadoh, and serves as a precursor to a full studio album that will be released sometime early next year. With song titles like "Arbitrary High" and "My Drugs," and an album cover that appears to be a slapdash collage of photos taken on guitarist Jason Loewenstein's phone, the band seems to have kept their lo-fi charm mostly in place.
And, because he's a rolling, immolated ball of pure rock that will suddenly burn out if stopped, Barlow will be fitting in a month-long tour with Sebadoh during the break in Dinosaur Jr.’s summer tour. The band will sell copies of the new EP at those shows as well as on the band’s website at a yet-to-be-determined later date.
Aug. 7—Union Transfer—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug. 8—Middle East—Boston, Massachusetts
Aug. 9—Pearl Street—Northampton, Massachusetts
Aug. 10—Black Cat—Washington, DC
Aug. 11—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, North Carolina
Aug. 12—The Earl—Atlanta, Georgia
Aug . 14—Mercy Lounge—Nashville, Tennessee
Aug. 15—Off Broadway—St. Louis, Missouri
Aug. 16—Schubas—Chicago, Illinois
Aug. 17—Grog Shop—Cleveland, Ohio
Aug. 18—Casbah—Hamilton, Ontario
Aug. 20—Horseshoe Tavern—Toronto, Ontario
Aug. 21—La Sala Rossa—Montreal, Quebec
Aug. 22—Bowery Ballroom—New York, New York
UPDATE: Just as quickly as it was announced, the band surprised everyone with the release of the Secret EP, which is available now or streaming or download. The band promises that "none of these songs will be on" its forthcoming full-length, but says that sales of the EP will help it "continue working on the LP and remain as independent as possible."