Barlow is touring to support his latest effort, 2009's Goodnight Unknown. This tour marks the first time he has headlined shows with the Missingmen in almost a year, so Thursday night will definitely be worth your while.
The low-fi-loving Lou calls Goodnight Unknown “a cross between my later work with Folk Implosion and my earlier work with Sebadoh … to my ears, anyway.” To your ears, it should sound like classic Barlow: Fuzzy, fun indie-pop songs that cut through the preconceptions and please without sounding pretentious. Big names featured on the record include Dale Crover of the Melvins on drums, as well as Imaad Wasif of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It's a damn fine record, if I do say so myself. Merge doesn't have any tracks from Goodnight Unknown available for download, but for a sample of his solo style, check out "Home" (MP3), from his first effort, Emoh.
Merge has set up a LooTube channel for fans to watch Barlow-related videos, as well as a documentary about the making of Goodnight Unknown, so you can check that out until Thursday night, when you go see him play at the Casbah.
T. Loper is a writer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.