Clearing the May Backlog in June...

So my life in May was pretty much on hold because I was switching jobs.  And as regular readers might be aware, any slight modification in my life results in massive neglect to excellent online (hey, we've been doing this for over ten years, that says something right?).  I was contacted by a recruiter for a Seattle-based company back in February and went through several phone interviews.  After each one, I'd wait a week then politely ask for the status.  Another week would go by then a response saying that I've advanced to the next step.  So persistence is their first test.  How badly do you want this job?  Bad enough for you to keep emailing us?

After four phone interviews (all with their appropriate delays), I get invited for the onsite.  I was pretty anxious this whole time but the onsite interview really kicks it into overdrive.  Now I'm plagued with thoughts like, "how am I going to find a place to live in Seattle" or "will I adjust to the lack of sunshine."  Truely first world problems because obviously I can adjust to anywhere.

While this is happening, I interview with a local company (I'm in southern California, btw) and they offer me the position but I tell them that I cannot accept until I interview in Seattle.  I'm not going to bore you with the details of the interview other then to say it was a full day (10:30am-5pm, also interviewed during lunch!) and was the most intense interview I've ever had.  They asked if I wanted to stay in Seattle an extra day to check out the city.  But I was a big bag of nerves and wanted to get home as soon as possible and get back to my wife and kid.  The weekend was more of the same, a nervous wreck.  They were going to notify me on Monday evening about the status so I was super pissed that I didn't get a response until Tuesday morning.  They declined.  Bummer.

So I accepted the position from the other local company and while I'm sad that I'm not moving to Seattle, I think staying down here is good for me for right now.  So that's why there hasn't been a post in a while.  ;)


Sebadoh Reunite... AGAIN!

As confirmed on the instanity that is Lou Barlow's official site, Sebadoh will re-release two of my favorite albums, Bakesale and Harmacy this summer and will also tour to support it.  A few years ago Lou reunited with the other founding member of Sebadoh, Eric Gaffney, re-issued The Freed Man, Bubble and Scrape, and Sebadoh III.  The "classic" lineup also toured to support the releases throughout 2007 and 2008.  2010 will see the re-release of the latter days of Sebadoh and in my opinion the better sounding Sebadoh.

Lou Barlow also hinted at a possibility of them recording new material which is also fantastic news.  The last time I saw Sebadoh play a reunion show I had asked if they were going to continue and Lou said, "No way, we're done!".  He had similar words when I asked about The Folk Implosion.  Seriously, if you haven't heard One Part Lullaby, then go listen to it now as it's one of the greatest albums of all time.

Hold Steady, Sebadoh, Caribou Complete P4k Fest Bill!

And there you have it! With this announcement you're reading right now, the lineup for the 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival-- descending on Chicago's Union Park July 18-20-- is officially complete. And just which artists are we pleased to welcome to the bill this time out? - Source

Sebadoh Reissue Expanded Bubble and Scrape, Tour

Beloved American indie rockers Sebadoh are getting ready to show a whole lot of love to their neighbors across the pond this spring. To complement a handful of UK dates in April and May, they will reissue their 1993 record Bubble and Scrape via Domino on May 5. - Source

Sebadoh - Live

SEBADOH's reunion tour is pretty lean, as Lou Barlow put it:

"No record label, no record, no guestlist, no drummer."

Lou and Jay Lowenstein have just completed their US tour with a show at the Los Angeles Troubadour. I'm no Sebadoh historian but I believe this is ther first tour in five years.