Sebadoh kicked off their tour last night in Santa Barbara at the Velvet Jones, throwing down a set the focused mostly on 'Bakesale' & 'Harmacy'.
Lou Barlow & Jason Loewenstein were in good form, trading instruments for each others songs, fighting a sometimes ragged mix while falling back on the goodwill of an eager audience.
Barlow seemed winded after a sparkling take on 'Ocean', noting "That song sure had a lot of words..."
With Bob sitting in on drums, (on loan from The Fiery Furnaces), the set alternated between cruise control and willing themselves forward. At sets end they were called back for a well-earned encore, admitted that they had only learned 30 songs for the tour, but managed to find a few more.
All in all, a fun start to a tour that will surely tighten up as the dates progress. Looking forward to a progress check in LA at the end of the month.