In the spring of 1991 Jason Loewenstein was standing outside the back door of a club in San Diego, CA waiting to be let in. While his bandmates were inside enjoying themselves, he was outside smoking cigarettes and regretting not yet being 21. The band was Sebadoh, and it was the group’s first cross-country tour of the USA, supporting the release of their critically-acclaimed Sebadoh III LP and the “Gimme Indie Rock”. Spanning over ten years and seemingly innumerable releases (go ahead and try to come up with an undisputed, comprehensive discography for Sebadoh and its members’ various side projects and solo releases), Sebadoh made an undeniable impact (and, to quote the band’s web site, they’re not through yet, Sebadoh is, “Not dead, just asleep”). In fact, a good argument could be made that, while low-fi indie rock has been around for as long as machines with recording capabilities have resided in folks’ bedrooms, Sebadoh were responsible for bringing it out of the closet (a distinction shared with the like-minded Guided by Voices and Pavement, amongst others). But, that’s an argument best saved for the bio for the next Sebadoh record (if not shelved entirely). And, we’re here to talk about Jason!
So, Jason Loewenstein! He is an integral part in the Sebadoh legacy. Over the years, Jason became an increasingly important songwriter for the band, moving out of the shadow of the yin/yang of Lou Barlow and Eric Gaffney. By the last couple of Sebadoh records, nearly half of the songs were written by Jason. And, while much has been made in the press of the democratic process at work in Sebadoh (the various members wrote and sang their…
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