For indie rock fans, there is often a debate over where Sebadoh truly begins. For me, it was when Jason Loewenstein joined the band on the “Gimmie Indie Rock” 7″. For others, Loewenstein represents the moment the band began to lose focus, with the exit of Eric Gaffney after “Bubble & Scrape” being seen the band jumping the shark. For those fans, the golden age of the group is on the early four-track recordings found on “The Freed Man” and “Weed Forestin’.”
The thing is about “Weed Forestin’” is that it’s essentially a Lou Barlow solo record, having been originally released on cassette under the moniker Sentridoh in 1987. Homestead Records picked it up in 1990 and reissued it on tape again as Sebadoh, while also making a CD compiling both that album and “The Freed Man” under the name, “The Freed Weed.”
“The Freed Man” got the deluxe treatment in 2005 and now finally “Weed Forestin’” is getting its due. Currently, “Weed Forestin’” can be streamed, and purchased digitally over at Bandcamp, restored to its original Sentridoh name, along with a new compilation called, “Child of the Apocalypse,” which compiles long unheard Barlow recordings from the 1980s. It’s a lo-fi indie rock feast.
For those who enjoy the physical over the digital, both cassette and CD versions will be available on March 6th, with an LP edition ready for March 27th.
Here’s the original version of Sentridoh track “It’s So Hard to Fall in Love.” For the remastered version of that and a ton more, check out the reissue over at Bandcamp.
Sentridoh – “It’s So Hard to Fall in Love”