SIMPLE BAND

November 2, 2012 – 4:37 am

That’s the plan.

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LOW
Live on KEXP 2012 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Bumbershoot Music Lounge, September 3, 2012 and broadcast Live On KEXP, Seattle, WA. Excellent webstream stereo.

Fans of indie music might know of Low for their 1999 yuletide album, Christmas, an apt companion piece to The Roches’ We Three Kings.

But the DJ here who introduces this sounds out of touch with his guests. His smart talk passes over Alan Sparhawk who has to ask him to repeat the question. Low are humble. They play music at a slow tempo and earned themselves a label, “slowcore”, as opposed to “hardcore”. Low are a simple band. They write songs with a clear melody and lyrics and sing as a duet (Sparhawk and wife Parker). Even Sparhawk’s onstage banter is more mumbling than to rouse a crowd.

This show was played live in front of an audience and Low performed three new songs Piss Cup, Waiting and the lengthy jam of On My Own without fanfare. Their songs are not difficult and are easy to enjoy. Robert Plant has also become a Low fan and covered two of their songs (Monkey and Silver Rider) on his 2010 Band Of Joy album. Since their debut in 1994, Low have recorded nine albums plus an additional three live albums and more than a half dozen EPs. Plus numerous side-projects, this is a hard-working band.

Low, however, remain under-appreciated, with no hit singles or albums making the charts. It would be good if Low has a larger audience although that’s not the point of their journey. Low are low-key and low-budget but the quality of the music and performances shine through.

Thanks to O’B for recording this and to obh2o (same person?) for sharing it at DIME.
- The Little Chicken

Source - KEXP’s 1411 kbps lossless uncompressed webstream > Total Recorder 8.3 Professional Transfer - wave > CD Wave 1.82 > TLH > FLAC [w/ sector alignment]
Capture, transfer and tracking by O’B and shared at DIME by obh2o

Pictures by Dave Lichterman, posted at flickr.com - Thanks!

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. (intro) (1.4MB)
Track 02. Piss Cup (5.1MB)
(there is distortion at 0.50m mark. It was in the broadcast.)

Track 03. Waiting (5.7MB)
Track 04. Try To Sleep+ (6.0MB)
Track 05. On My Own (9.7MB)
Track 06. Monkey% (8.0MB)
Track 07. (talk) (1.5MB)
Track 08. Murderer* (4.8MB)
Track 09. (outro) (542k)
TT: 26:54m

+ from C’mon (2011)
* from Drums And Guns (2007)
% from The Great Destroyer (2005)

Tracks 2, 3 and 5 are new songs, unreleased as yet.

Lineup:
Alan Sparhawk - guitar, vocals
Mimi Parker - drums, vocals
Steve Garrington - bass, keys

From Duluth, Minnesota, come Low, the band. C’mon is their latest album released last year. It was recorded in a former Catholic Church in Minnesota. Why this is of interest? The couple in Low are Mormons. You can buy it here.

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  1. 8 Responses to “SIMPLE BAND”

  2. Wow! Really looking forward to listening to this! Robert Plant is certainly not the only fan and as much as I love everything Robert Plant does I still prefer the original Low renditions.

    By Roger Smith on Nov 2, 2012

  3. Excuse me a moment but 30 Days of the Dead is back. It’s free. Started Nov 1st.

    http://www.dead.net/30daysofdead/?eml=dn/110112/30days2012banner

    Didn’t know where to put this so I picked the current post.

    Thanks BigO

    By sking on Nov 2, 2012

  4. Great unexpected posting! Always had a soft spot for the lowcore sound. To my ears, “Trust” was their best. They also did a terrific collaboration with Dirty Three, “In the Fishtank”.

    –Speaking of which (hinthint), a Dirty Three soundboard posting is far overdue and the timing would be perfect.

    By lowendbill on Nov 2, 2012

  5. Mormons? This explains… nothing!

    By lowendbill on Nov 2, 2012

  6. Really enjoyed Plant’s versions of those songs and looking forward to checking this out. Thanks, BigO. You’re a prime source for music off my beaten path.

    By drkrick on Nov 3, 2012

  7. @ sking, thanks for the GD 30 days heads up. Brill stuff and stonking quality.

    By creatist on Nov 3, 2012

  8. hmm… i’m gonna havta check this out!

    I-)

    By I-) on Nov 5, 2012

  9. http://archive.org/details/low2012-09-03.kexp.flac16

    By also here on Nov 5, 2012

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