Jason Loewenstein

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Jason Loewenstein
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with Sebadoh, 2008
Background information
Birth nameJason Loewenstein
Born (1971-07-20) July 20, 1971 (age 48)
OriginBoston, Massachusetts
GenresIndie rock, lo-fi
Years active1989–present
LabelsSub Pop, Vertical Records, Joyful Noise Recordings
Associated actsSebadoh, Sparkalepsy, The Fiery Furnaces, Circle of Buzzards, No Chief
WebsiteOfficial website

Jason Loewenstein (born July 20, 1971) is an American alternative rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and a member of the indie-rock bands Sebadoh, The Fiery Furnaces, and Circle of Buzzards. He grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts,[1] where he attended Northampton High School, and now resides in Brooklyn, New York.


In 1989, Loewenstein was recruited by Eric Gaffney to play drums and bass for Sebadoh.[2] His first songwriting contributions came on Sebadoh III and continued on Bubble & Scrape, adding "dark .. rough hewn pop gems" like "Happily Divided" and "Sister".[3]

Following Gaffney's departure from Sebadoh in 1993, Loewenstein assumed a higher songwriting profile, contributing five songs to 1994's Bakesale.[4]

This continued on the last two Sebadoh releases Harmacy and The Sebadoh, after which the group went on hiatus until 2003/2004 when he and Lou Barlow toured as a duo on a tour they called "Turbo Acoustic", with Loewenstein and Barlow playing along to drum tracks that were pre-recorded by Loewenstein.[5]

In 2007, he, Barlow and Gaffney reformed the "Sebadoh Classic" trio and toured throughout the United States and Europe.

Solo work[edit]

Loewenstein's first official solo work came under the name of Sparkalepsy with the Heather's Overbite EP, released in 1994.

In 2002, he produced and played every instrument on his first solo album At Sixes and Sevens, which was released on Sub Pop. The touring band for that record included Bob D'Amico, who would later join Jason in playing with the Fiery Furnaces in addition to forming Circle of Buzzards with him in 2008,[6] as well as eventually joining Sebadoh when they reformed in 2011. In late 2016 it was announced that Jason would be releasing a new solo record on Joyful Noise Recordings titled Spooky Action. A single for the song Machinery was released before the release date of June 16 2017 was announced. [7] The album was promoted partly through a tour of small DIY house shows throughout the South and the Midwest with a backing band featuring Bob D'Amico and Matthew Friedberger, which were incredible.

Fiery Furnaces[edit]

From August 2005 to the present, Jason has performed and recorded with the Brooklyn-based band The Fiery Furnaces, playing bass and guitar. He acted as engineer on their 2008 release Remember and 2009's I'm Going Away.

Other work[edit]

He has also played drums on several albums including Will Oldham's album Viva Last Blues, David Kilgour's (The Clean) "Frozen Orange", Brett Eugene Ralph's "Kentucky Chrome Review", and Lou Barlow's "EMOH".



Year Title Label
2002 At Sixes And Sevens Sub Pop / Domino
2017 Spooky Action Joyful Noise Recordings

Singles and EPs[edit]

Year Title Label
1994 Heather's Overbite Vertical Records
1994 Split With Unconvinced Soul Static Sound
2002 Codes Domino


Year Title Label Track(s)
1994 Our Band Could Be Your Life Little Brother King Of The Hill
1997 Broken Keys Wormco Vixen
1997 Japanese Rumba Yak'uz'a Take Down
2002 The Cornerstone Player 035 Cornerstone Promotion Codes
2003 Destiny (The Hi-Lo Tunez Plan: 2nd Step) Hi-Lo Tunez Casserole
2003 Worlds Of Possibility Domino Codes
2004 Louisville Is For Lovers Vol.4 Double Malt Music Just Lazy


  1. ^ S. Canzonieri. "Interview with Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh". Gravyzine.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  2. ^ Allmusic.com
  3. ^ "Sebadoh". Retrieved 2010-01-02.
  4. ^ "AllMusic.com". Retrieved 2010-01-02.
  5. ^ "SF Station". Retrieved 2010-01-02.
  6. ^ "Myspace". Retrieved 2010-01-02.
  7. ^ "Jason Loewenstein - Spooky Action - Joyful Noise Recordings". www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com.

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