Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sebadoh/Azalia Snail - Split

Lo-Fi royalty share a 7". Sounds good. But...

Sebadoh, still in the Eric era, gets real lo-fi for this one. Unfortunately, it's not that exciting. "Toledo" is the best track here, but it's been done before, it's a snippet of Lou's first lo-fi stuff from Dinosaur Jr's great You're Living All Over Me album, only it was named "Poledo" then. That's followed by a strangely named (and mislabeled) noodling instrumental, which is then followed by "Pete" a typical Sebadoh lo-fi noisefest that, like the original "Poledo" ends with roaring ocean like sounds.

Azalia Snail, "The Queen of Lo-Fi", gets things back on track with her two songs. "St. Nowhere" is the song most going somewhere on this album. U.M.O. is a recorded phone message over some sludgy bass.

Overall, a nice little early 90's Lo-Fi artifact, but a bit of a disappointment when it comes to the Sebadoh stuff. Bought at a Newbury Comics, it seems. Not one I played that often.

A: Sebadoh - Toledo, Gondwanaland / No Compass, Pete
B: Azalia Snail - St. Nowhere, U.M.O.

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