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Brace The Wave

by Lou Barlow

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tim4k Lou is a truly great musician, one that has inspired me for years and that has helped me through a lot of rough patches. He has such a beautiful way of expressing his feelings through poetry that gets straight to the heart and never comes out. Favorite track: Repeat.
Justin Morgan
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Justin Morgan excellent return by Lou Favorite track: Nerve.
john onyskin
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john onyskin Is this guy ever happy...Maybe that`s a blessing. Because every track here is a play through full of apathy and angst. Depends on how much you partake of..Do you need a dark path to walk along that sounds sugary sweet. Here it is... Favorite track: Wave.
Eve Herzog
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Eve Herzog Lou your lyrics have always struck this weird deep emotional place in me. like you have been in MY head. I have loved your music since weed forestin. in a world of superficial lyrics about crap that does not matter, you are a breath of fresh air. I have been stuck on repeat listening to the song repeat. you managed to sum up in one song the experience of my past five years that I could not find words to explain. thanks for bringing your gift back out into the world Favorite track: Repeat.
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krmcolrak Best of Lou. Great album! Favorite track: Wave.
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Redeemed 03:14
Nerve 02:52
Moving 04:08
Pulse 04:13
Wave 02:52
Lazy 02:33
Boundaries 02:59
C & E 03:18
Repeat 04:01


Hi, my name is Lou Barlow. This is "Brace the Wave". Here is my short bio.

One of my first song writing attempts occurred in 1983- it is called “Lou’s Anxiety Song”, released by my first band, Deep Wound. The original title was ‘Pressures’, but the singer decided to scream “Lou’s anxiety song!!” at the beginning (his commentary on the overly earnest lyrics). The title stuck.

Deep Wound evolved into Dinosaur Jr. While playing in that band I began recording short songs on a baritone ukulele that I modified with heavier strings and flexible tunings. I called myself Sentridoh. My first solo LP ‘Weed Forestin’’ was a cassette that I duplicated and gave away. I was too bashful to play any Sentridoh songs for my slightly older, much cooler bandmates. I eventually started a band of my own called Sebadoh. We gained some momentum in the 90s. And then in 1994, I started another band called Folk Implosion.

By the early 2000s, everything had crashed and burned. I was alone again with my 4-track and a basic knowledge of recording. I still had a ukulele and was most comfortable writing uncomfortable songs. I love the cozy self-delusion of the creative process. Finishing songs, making records and holding the finished piece in hand is incredibly satisfying. In 2005 I made my first official solo LP under my actual name instead of a made-up, nonsense word. Around that time, I sensibly began touring with Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh again which brings me to now… 2015.

Having moved back to Massachusetts (after 17 years in Los Angeles), I recorded ‘Brace The Wave’ in 6 days with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab studios in Easthampton. Justin was the engineer for the 3 Dinosaur Jr ‘reunion’ LP’s. My ease with Justin meant I approached the sessions with focus and confidence. Songs like “Redeemed”, “Wave” and “Moving” reprise my early methods of tuning my ukulele down low and writing the songs during the recording process. Others like “Lazy” and “C+E” are traditional-style folk songs that I performed live in the studio.

Here it is, “Lou’s Anxiety Song(s)” 2015, less fretful, still restless.

-Lou Barlow


released September 4, 2015


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Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein, Bob D’Amico. Started in 1986. New album out now.

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