by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Lou Barlow - Gravitate (MP3)

Lou Barlow

Dinosaur Jr.'s Lou Barlow will be heading out with the Missingmen (guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales of Mike Watt's band) this fall in support of Goodnight Unknown, his forthcoming solo album on Merge. Most of the dates on that tour will be with Dinosaur Jr. as well. That includes Lou's Pop Montreal performance, but not his NYC stop at the Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, October 6th (the same day the album comes out) (and a mysterious gap in Dinosaur Jr's touring schedule). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 7th at noon.

About the new album, the label writes...

In the four years since his career-redefining, mostly acoustic record Emoh, Lou Barlow has reunited with Dinosaur Jr. and reissued three of Sebadoh's classic albums. But as the brilliant new Goodnight Unknown illustrates, he's hardly living in the past. Borrowing the live-band energy of Dinosaur Jr. and the stylistic reach of Sebadoh, Barlow has built on Emoh's full production and written a set of immediate, melodic pop songs that Lou describes as, "a cross between my later work with Folk Implosion and my earlier work with my ears, anyway."

From the surging opening track "Sharing" to the surprisingly soulful performances on "The Right," Goodnight Unknown benefits from Barlow's tunefulness and his decision to record the record relatively quickly, with old friends and new. The Melvins' Dale Crover adds inspired drum work throughout, and Goodnight Unknown's urgent sound owes just as much to frequent Barlow collaborator Imaad Wasif (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, alaska!). The record's considerable power also stems from the new talents on board, including producer Andrew Murdock and Lisa Germano.

"Gravitate" and artwork from the record are posted above; its tracklist is below. Lou recently played XX Merge.

J Mascis will depart from Dino Jr. to play sets at the MBV-curated ATP Nightmare Before Christmas on December 4th-6th in Minehead, UK. For that fest, he'll join Witch (where he plays drums) and perform as J Mascis & The Fog, a group that features Dave Schools and Kyle Spence. Other bands on the fest's stellar lineup are Sonic Youth, De La Soul, Sun Ra Arkestra, Fucked Up and Yo La Tengo, to just name a few. Though tickets are sold out, you should really ogle at the fest so-far lineup (still more to come...), with all tour dates, below...

Goodnight Unknown tracklist
1 Sharing
2 Goodnight Unknown
3 Too Much Freedom
4 Faith in Your Heartbeat
5 The One I Call
6 The Right
7 Gravitate
8 I'm Thinking...
9 One Machine, One Long Fight
10 Praise
11 Take Advantage
12 Modesty
13 Don't Apologize
14 One Note Tone

Lou Barlow + the Missingmen - 2009 Tour Dates
09-30 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre #
10-01 Montreal, QUE - Pop Montreal Festival #
10-02 Cambridge, MA - Middle East #
10-03 Cambridge, MA - Middle East #
10-04 Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights #
10-06 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10-07 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place #
10-08 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
10-09 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts #
10-10 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall #
10-11 Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot #
10-13 Madison, WI - The Majestic Theatre #
10-14 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
10-15 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre #
10-16 Louisville, KY - Headliner's Music Hall #
10-17 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse #
10-26 Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club #
10-27 Omaha, NE - Slowdown #
10-29 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater #
10-30 Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre #
11-03 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre #
11-04 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern #
11-05 West Hollywood, CA - House of Blue #
11-06 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore #
11-07 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom #
w/ Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. - 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 8 KEXP BBQ @ Seattle Center - Free Show Seattle, Washington
Aug 14 Wellfleet Beachcomber Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Aug 16 Central Park SummerStage - FREE SHOW New York, New York
Aug 19 Oxford Academy Oxford
Aug 20 Cambridge Junction Cambridge
Aug 21 Concorde 2 Brighton
Aug 22 Pukkelpop 2009 Hasselt
Aug 24 Abart Music Club Zurich
Aug 25 Den Atelier Luxenbourg City
Aug 26 Watt Rotterdam
Aug 27 Paradiso Amsterdam
Aug 28 Kb Club Malmo
Aug 29 Samfundet Trondheim
Aug 30 Rockefeller Music Hall Oslo
Sep 1 Heineken Music Conference @ Fair, Trade & Convention Center Tel-Aviv
Sep 3 Leadmill Sheffield
Sep 4 Electric Picnic Festival Stradbally, Laois
Sep 5 Anson Rooms-Bristol University Bristol
Sep 6 Elysee Montmartre Paris
Sep 8 Circolo degli Artisti Rome
Sep 10 Estragon Club Bologna
Sep 11 MusicDrome Milan
Sep 12 New Age Club Treviso
Sep 14 Arena Vienna Vienna
Sep 15 Rockhouse Salzburg
Sep 16 Manufaktur Schorndorf
Sep 17 Zakk Dusseldorf
Sep 18 Muffathalle Munich
Sep 20 Mousonturm Frankfurt
Sep 21 Astra Berlin
Sep 23 Beatpol Dresden
Sep 24 Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg
Sep 25 Koko London
Sep 30 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Ontario *
Oct 1 Theatre Olympia Montreal, Quebec *
Oct 2 Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts *
Oct 3 Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts *
Oct 4 Northern Lights Clifton Park, New York *
Oct 7 Toad's Place New Haven, Connecticut *
Oct 8 9:30 Club WASHINGTON, Washington DC *
Oct 9 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
Oct 10 Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio *
Oct 11 The Crofoot Pontiac, Michigan *
Oct 13 The Majestic Theatre Madison, Wisconsin *
Oct 14 The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri *
Oct 15 Vic Theatre Chicago, Illinois *
Oct 16 Headliner's Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky *
Oct 17 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, Georgia *
Oct 22 Granada Theater Dallas, Texas
Oct 23 Warehouse Live Houston, Texas
Oct 24 Stubb's Austin, Texas
Oct 25 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oct 26 The Beaumont Club Kansas City, Missouri *
Oct 27 Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska *
Oct 29 Boulder Theater Boulder, Colorado *
Oct 30 Aggie Theatre Ft. Collins, Colorado *
Oct 31 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 3 Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona *
Nov 4 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, California *
Nov 5 House of Blues Sunset West Hollywood, California *
Nov 6 The Fillmore San Francisco, California *
Nov 7 Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon *
Nov 10 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 11 Sugar Nightclub Victoria, British Columbia $
Nov 13 The Starlite Room Edmonton $
Nov 14 MacEwan Hall Ballroom Calgary, Alberta $
Nov 16 Odeon Events Centre Saskatoon, Saskatchewan $
Nov 17 Pyramid Cabaret Winnepeg, Manitoba $
Nov 18 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 19 Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 20 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Dec 4-6 ATP Nightmare Before Christmas, Minehead, UK !
* w/ Lou Barlow + the Missingmen
$ w/ Pink Mountaintops
! = Not a Dino. Jr. show, J MASCIS & THE FOG and WITCH

* My Bloody Valentine
* Sonic Youth
* De La Soul
* E.P.M.D.
* Sun Ra Arkestra
* The Horrors
* Buzzcocks
* Spectrum
* Fucked Up
* Le Volume Courbe
* The Wounded Knees
* The Pastels
* J Mascis And The Fog
* Lilys
* A Place To Bury Strangers
* Witch
* Bob Mould
* Swervedriver
* Dirty Three
* Primal Scream
* Yo La Tengo
* Brightblack Morning Light
* Serena Maneesh
* The Membranes
* Ariel Pink
* Josh T. Pearson

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