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The Soup Nazi 02.19.2016 04:16 PM


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
Recordings of LOW's two performances in Alaska back in January have surfaced:

Low Live at TapRoot on 2016-01-15

Low Live at TapRoot on 2016-01-16

Mmmmm... "Glacial", as every other writer describes Low's music. :D Thanks for the links!

Bytor Peltor 02.24.2016 01:01 PM

From LOW: Hey, our song "No Comprende" is going to be on tonight's episode of @CatfishMTV (playing the part of the kindly door-man named Paul...)����

Getting a tune on TV is a big deal for musicians these days. Used to pay nothing, now it means bills paid for a month. Thanks, @CatfishMTV

_tunic_ 02.24.2016 01:04 PM

that's awesome! I love to watch Catfish. No idea how to find out whenever this particular episode will be aired over here though ....

hipster_bebop_junkie 02.25.2016 01:52 AM

Quoting a bit from the Reddit session LOW did last year:

"Do you get anything besides possible increased recognition when your album covers or merchandise is on TV or a movie, like the Chairkickers Union shirt Kirsten Dunst wore in Elizabethtown or this TGC poster on a character's bedroom wall on A&E's The Returned?

-getting your music on tv is a big thing for lesser-known musicians - it's a little money, and huge exposure. usually they come out of nowhere - someone will contact you and ask if they can use it next week, and they tell you what they can pay you. we have turned down being used for certain commercials and movies, but usually it's great. thanks!"



Somebody mentioned to me not so long ago that LOW's music had made an appearance on an episode of "The Blacklist".

LOW's presence in Hollywood movies must be very rare indeed, but I remember hearing "Monkey" when I watched "Killshot", starring Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (I thought the fim was dull, though).

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.03.2016 01:10 AM

LOW performing "What Part Of Me" live at Other Voices:

...And "Spanish Translation":


hipster_bebop_junkie 03.04.2016 12:16 AM

Gaelynn Lea has won this year's edition of Tiny Desk Contest:

The Soup Nazi 03.04.2016 01:21 PM


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
Gaelynn Lea has won this year's edition of Tiny Desk Contest:

VERY cool.

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.07.2016 10:09 PM

A collaborative 10", "Not a Word/ I Won't Let You Fall", by Low & S. Carey will be released on Record Store Day.


According to S. Carey:
"“Not a Word” was an unfinished Low track I completed with producer BJ Burton, while “I Won’t Let You Fall” was an unfinished S. Carey song that Low completed with BJ."

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.09.2016 10:59 PM

Gaelynn Lea & Alan Sparhawk at NPR's Tiny Desk. :)


hipster_bebop_junkie 03.11.2016 11:26 AM

Video of Gaelynn Lea's Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Alan Sparhawk:

The Soup Nazi 03.11.2016 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
Video of Gaelynn Lea's Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Alan Sparhawk:

Soon to be on the Dimes, one hopes.

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.12.2016 11:15 AM

I'll be seeing LOW tonight! <3

Bytor Peltor 03.12.2016 09:53 PM


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
I'll be seeing LOW tonight! <3

Hey you see you?



hipster_bebop_junkie 03.16.2016 12:25 AM

Ha, yes. I'm in the second picture. Dead front centre, dressed in black. My brother is beside me, snapping a picture. He's wearing the yellow Invisible Way t-shirt.

I loved this concert so much. The whole festival in general was great, but Low means so much to me, so it was really special to finally see them. There were sound problems at the beginning of the show. The way they dealt with that, with class and humor, and an impromptu version of "Death Of A Salesman"... I thought even that was all kinds of lovely. It all was a blissful experience (although "Words" made me cry a little bit), and I hope they come back soon (and I shall see them somewhere else as well).

My brother took a few pictures, and captured HD video of a couple of songs ("Pissing", in which Alan does the Hendrix move; and a captivating version of "Laser Beam", I think). I recorded audio of the show with the Sony PCM M-10. I think the results are a bit heavy on the bass, but I have enjoyed listening to this document many times already, and will definitely share it just as soon as I catch a break from work.





hipster_bebop_junkie 03.16.2016 12:42 AM





_tunic_ 03.16.2016 02:39 AM


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
Dead front centre

Ha, I knew it :)
Glad to hear it was such a good show, from the pictures that Bytor posted it looked like a very nice festival, small setup and not overly crowded.
Looking forward to your recording!

Bytor Peltor 03.19.2016 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
Ha, yes. I'm in the second picture. Dead front centre, dressed in black. My brother is beside me, snapping a picture. He's wearing the yellow Invisible Way t-shirt.

Looking good......

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your story. When I first saw LOW, I didn't know a thing about them. A buddy and I left a concert at Rice University and made our way over to Urban Art Bar to see LOW. Believe my friend had one song by them on a compilation CD and wanted to attend the show so he could hopefully buy a proper release on vinyl.

Anyway, I've seen LOW five times and not once did I get to experience what you and your Brother did last Saturday......see them play outside and during the day.

Your Brothers pics are spectacular! The one of the strings at the end of the guitar looks as if he took the pic while standing on the stage.

Thanks for sharing the experience, I enjoyed it!

Oh - one last thing, how was the rest if the festival? I checked the festivals Twitter feed and it was mostly techno / drum & bass type stuff......any other groups you were excited to see?

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.19.2016 06:31 PM

I first knew about LOW through a Spanish book about Nirvana, which mentioned the existence of a compilation called "Stuck On AM: Off the Record in Minneapolis", released in memory of Kristen Pfaff and including a LOW track as well as music by diverse artists from the area of Minneapolis, where she headed from. This was in my head when I accidentally came across a copy of "I Could Live in Hope".

I've been wanting to see LOW for a long time. Didn't have a chance when I was living in Nevada, and wouldn't mind to see them again at an outdoors festival, but it would be awesome to see them in a more intimate space and playing a longer set.

Thanks for your comment on my brother's pics. He's taken a few good ones over the years, and filmed some good stuff, too. I haven't watched the videos he recorded at Nrmal, but I hope they turned out well.

I enjoyed Nrmal a great deal. My only regret is that we missed out on (SIC), and I should have checked out Pierre Bastien as well, but I got to see the rest of the bands I wanted: LOW, A Place to Bury Strangers, Jenny Hval, Battles, Slowdive, and Acid Mothers Temple. I had a lot of fun seeing Gnučči, too (though my attitude always seems to be of apathy -I'll never dance).

Here's some more pics my brother took, I hope you like them:

Jenny Hval.


Acid Mothers Temple.


My recording of LOW will be up on in a few minutes.

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.19.2016 06:40 PM

Here ya go:

Sorry it sounds a bit heavy on the bass. Hope you enjoy, regardless.


The Soup Nazi 03.19.2016 06:57 PM

I found out about Low by watching the "Over The Ocean" video on eMpTV. So I guess I'm the lamest one here. :(


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
Here ya go:

Sorry it sounds a bit heavy on the bass. Hope you enjoy, regardless.

Thank you!

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.21.2016 01:20 AM

Not lame at all. "Over The Ocean" has a great video. Phillip Harder has done a monumental job, generally speaking (I still long to see "Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking").

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.21.2016 01:56 AM

Another interview with Mimi Parker heavy on the subject of musical background and family:

Bytor Peltor 03.21.2016 05:40 PM


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
Another interview with Mimi Parker heavy on the subject of musical background and family:

I really enjoyed this......was the NPR interview with Mimi posted in this thread? If so, I missed it - thanks for sharing!

Also, I've enjoyed listening to your recording of the Mexico show. All the banter during the sound issues is something to hear, so glad you captured it!

Thanks for sharing the additional pictures from your Brother. If you don't mind, please take a moment and tell me about the Jenny Hval set. She is one of those Scared Bones artist I'm slowly getting into.

I didn't realize you were a Acid Mothers fan, what it your first time seeing them?

So jealous you got to see Slowdive......

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.22.2016 03:08 AM

I'm glad you enjoyed the LOW recording! :)

I am fascinated by norwegian artists like Guro Skumsnes Moe, Håvard Skaset, Stine Janvin Motland, Lasse Marhaug... all of whom are interdisciplinary artists. I see Jenny Hval as an integral part of that scene (if you'd wanna call it that). I don't really follow Sacred Bones (Besides "Apocalypse, Girl", I only have their reissues of David Lynch's work and a few records by Zola Jesus). She is considered a radical artist in Norway, even if her musical language can be pretty much considered to be pop music. Conceptually, the latest record is about the apocalypse as a personal, intimate tragedy. I was shaken by her performance, at one point she dared people to cry, and themes of death, tears, blood, alienation... were omnipresent throughtout the show. It all ended on a miserable note when she put on Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness"...

Later, Håvard Volden & Jenny Hval signed my copy of "Apocalypse, Girl", and that vanished all thoughts about death which had been lingering on my mind after watching their performance.

It was my first time seeing Acid Mothers Temple. I had seen Kawabata Makoto perform twice last year. One of those shows was pretty fucking wild, and the other was very beautiful. Their concert was like a total barrier of sound, with very few moments of melodic passages. Psychedelic imagery all around.

It was truly wonderful to see Slowdive. They've always been one of my favorite bands, so it was another dream come true (as with Low), all in the same weekend. Lovely show, even if not the best technically speaking.

Anyway, I hope to share some of the recordings at some point. Meanwhile, here's video of LOW performing "Pissing" (Alan doing the Hendrix move at the end of the song, people went nuts):


The Soup Nazi 03.22.2016 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
Not lame at all. "Over The Ocean" has a great video.

Plus, I watched it when it came out, back in '96. That's gotta redeem me a little bit. :D

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.30.2016 01:07 AM

Under The Radar interviews Alan Sparhawk ahead of LOW's trip to New Zealand:

The Soup Nazi 03.30.2016 02:40 PM


Originally Posted by hipster_bebop_junkie
Under The Radar interviews Alan Sparhawk ahead of LOW's trip to New Zealand:

The interviewer didn't know Prince is from MN? What in ALL THAT IS F! Dude, it's New Zealand, not a rock you live under...

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.31.2016 12:53 AM

Apparently, a video recording of LOW performing "Murderer" at Festival Nrmal will show up tomorrow on Youboob, courtesy of RaRaRa Films & (Alan mentioned before the song, that it was inspired by something that actually happened in Mexico).

hipster_bebop_junkie 03.31.2016 10:08 AM

Video of LOW performing "The Innocents" and "Murderer" a few weeks ago at Festival Nrmal, is now available to watch on Pitchfork:

_tunic_ 04.01.2016 05:36 AM

a new RGC track is posted on Soundcloud:

But I'm not able to listen to it, it says it's unavailable for the Netherlands :-(
It might be an old song though, it has the album cover of the second album, but the track from that album is already here:

hipster_bebop_junkie 04.01.2016 10:34 AM

"This track is not available in Mexico".

hipster_bebop_junkie 04.04.2016 01:46 AM

Three galleries of cool pix of LOW's performance at King's Arms Tavern in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 2nd:

A new interview with Mimi Parker. Legendary "Do You Know How To Waltz" performance at Rock The Garden, process of preparing new material, fanbase reactions, music scene in Australia, appreciation of opening act Mike Noga, are some of the subjects discussed:

Another interview with Mimi Parker. Early days of LOW, and how everything happened as guided by inertia, musical inspiration in rural Minnesota, expectations for the future, are some of the subjects discussed:

Audio recording of Alan Sparhawk & Mimi Parker on Australian radio, including an interview about family and faith, and impromptu a capella versions of "Will The Night" and "Hatchet":

hipster_bebop_junkie 04.07.2016 11:57 PM

Audio recording of Alan Sparhawk being interviewed on Australian radio:

The Soup Nazi 04.08.2016 09:31 PM



hipster_bebop_junkie 04.10.2016 03:11 PM

Good to see another recording of Low. :)

A large playlist of alternative music and an interview with Alan Sparhawk on Australian radio:

hipster_bebop_junkie 04.10.2016 03:55 PM

According to news on Sun Kil Moon's official website, the signed edition of John Connolly's new book, "A Time of Torment", will include a CD, "The Deep Woods", compiled by the author, with tracks by LOW, Sun Kil Moon, This Mortal Coil, and others.

Link to pre-order the signed edition of the book:

Severian 04.10.2016 08:43 PM

I want another LOW album already.

_tunic_ 04.12.2016 08:43 AM

I want another RGC album first!
And a Europe tour :)

wow check the post time, that's spooky

Severian 04.13.2016 06:14 PM

Wow, weird.

Yes I'd also love another Retribution Gospel Choir album, for sure. And I'd love to catch them live again. But seriously I'm already wanting another LOW record to come out. At least an EP or something. Just to tide me over.

Bytor Peltor 04.13.2016 06:55 PM

The next thing that needs to happen is a Mimi Parker solo album!

......but I'll settle for a new Christmas album : )

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