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Lou Barlow And Friends – Another Collection Of Home Recordings

Toasty Taranna #6: BMV #6: 3-For-$10 Bin #2: Lou Barlow & Friends – Another Collection Of Home Recordings

Lou Barlow, of course, is best known for Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and the Folk Implosion. This collection (on the mighty Mint Records!) is brilliant mid-90s lo-fi solo effort awesomeness. 

We start off with his inimitable version of Bryan Adams’ Run To You (with his sister, Abby Barlow), which I loved (video below). It’s very different from the original, but that’s okay! I like his enunciation… Bob Fay joins in on Puffin’, and Barlow’s wife Kathleen Billus sings Queen Of The Scene. Joni Mitchell’s Blonde In The Bleachers sounds like a Pavement outtake, and Abby Barlow returns on the garage fuzz-rocker of What Would It Be Like. The album continues on through brilliant acoustic tunes, weird goof-like tracks like Alone To Decide, rockers, slightly out-of-tune art project oddities and more, collecting work recorded from 1991-94. 

Overall, I enjoyed this quite a lot. There’s a part of me that loved Matador Records’ stuff in the 90s, as well (of course) as the brilliant home recording style that Guided By Voices used in the early years, and this definitely pushes that nostalgia button for me. 


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