Album review: Jason Loewenstein, “Spooky Action”

by Jon E. Lynch

Jason Loewenstein, “Spooky Action”

Available: Friday, June 16, via Joyful Noise as a download on various formats: MP3 and WAV, compact disc, and standard black LP. Limited-edition Bone Vinyl available while supplies last. Join the Joyful Noise exclusive V.I.P Membership Club for a shot at *SUPER*-limited, one of 500 limited hand-numbered copies on “Dinosaur Green with White and Bronze splatter” vinyl.

I’ll just go ahead and say it: Jason Loewenstein is something of indie rock royalty and a personality/character of damn-near legendary status. I first met the multi-instrumentalist as a full-time touring member of brother-sister duo Fiery Furnaces around the time they released Bitter Tea in 2006. I was initially there to interview the band of siblings when I realized who they had recruited to play bass. The interview ended up a hilarious back and forth amongst the four of us, as they were just as excited to have him touring, barely believing a founding member of Sebadoh was now in THEIR band. He was a blur of energy and excitement that was both intoxicating and enamoring.

His first LP since the 2002 Sub Pop/Domino release “At Sixes And Sevens” is much the same. Careening and insistent guitar work propels the record in a haze and similar blur. The man has a ridiculous amount of talent and honed energy. As evident on this latest release, he can also write a hook with the best of them. Interestingly, it seems as though little time has passed and “Spooky Action” picks up perfectly where “At Sixes And Sevens” left off 15 years ago. In short, this is a fun record that begs repeated listens. Loewenstein himself sums it up pretty succinctly: “If you like music, you’re gonna love this record.”

Recommended for fans of Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., Archers of Loaf, Jawbreaker, or classic ’90s indie rock.

Jon E. Lynch[email protected]

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