Sebadoh followed suit. They were a bit noisy and irreverent, but coffee-shop enough to fit in with solo nights in the dorm room and lonely headphone walks across campus. But clever?

"The whole root of what I do, where I really come from, is closer to country music than it is, you know, math rock or something," Barlow points out. "It's closer to that than any kind of smart-guy music. I'm not real clever."

Barlow has one of the more workmanlike approaches to music on record. He's still adding to his huge discography of Sebadoh, Sentridoh, Dino Jr., Folk Implosion, and solo records. And Sebadoh remain very much a going concern. "I'd love for there to be a new Sebadoh record. I feel like we could make a good record, or at least a passable record. Just to do it so you can get on the road again, because the road is really the only way I can provide for my family.

"I can't say I ever gave up on Sebadoh, because Jason and I have always had a really good working relationship. We never spend a lot of time wondering if we should be doing it. We're just like, 'Hey, let's do this. We know a bunch of songs. We're a band.' "

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