I get a sick confusion headache trying to figure out who's right. power pop * punk * emo * indie rock * shoegazer
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sebadoh - Oven Is My Friend 7" ep (1990, Siltbreeze)
Anyone who's indulged themselves in Sebadoh's earliest, white noise-addled lo fi albums like The Freed Man and Weed Forestin' knows just how out of control Lou Barlow and Co. could get when they chose to go "improv." The aforementioned albums included a handful of what you would loosely call "songs" amidst all the blaring, cacophonous tomfoolery. If you're hoping to find tunes in the mold of "Magnet's Coil" and "Soul & Fire" on this five cut ep, stick to the Sub Pop albums. Oven Is My Friend brings the noize big time, with each seven minute+ side seemingly recorded on the fly with little-to-no overdubs. Just barely eking it's way out of the grating, screaming din is side b's "Cheapshot," which is about as "conventional" as the proceedings get here. Oven is somewhat akin to Husker Du's Land Speed Record, sans the geo-political overtones.
Since the songs run straight into each other, I opted not to edit them. Not for the faint of heart. You have been warned...