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Low at 20

In yesterday’s story in the DNT, Alan Sparhawk, sound engineer Eric Swanson, musicians Marc Gartman, Amy Abts and Tony Bennett, and Low’s former nanny Scott “Starfire” Lunt all weigh in on the band’s 20 years of music.

It’s a great conversation and it’s one I think is worth continuing here as Low commemorates its second decade in the business and its 10th studio album, which hits the shelves on Tuesday.

What are your favorite Low memories, whether you know the band or you’re just a fan of their music?

18 Comments

vicarious

about 6 years ago

A coupe of good memories:

- Things We Lost in the Fire, played in its entirety, at Washington Studios
- Alan playing Low songs solo in the gym at Emerson

vicarious

about 6 years ago

By the way, The Invisible Way is very, very, very good.

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

There is kind of a quadruple slam of anniversaries this year.

20 years of Low
15 years of Homegrown
10 years of Trampled by Turtles
10 years of PDD

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

I still remember Matt Pinfield introducing the video for "Over the Ocean" on 120 Minutes. It was probably the first time the word "Duluth" was uttered on MTV.

Herzog

about 6 years ago

You can buy an original copy of Things We Lost in the Fire on Amazon. You'll probably even be able to get it signed by the artists! I like how they sing Amazing Grace.

baci

about 6 years ago

All Hail Low! First Memory = Booking them at Urban Grounds. Best Memory = 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwPBhqdV-OA


@Lundgren

"20 years of Low
15 years of Homegrown
10 years of Trampled by Turtles
10 years of PDD"

And T57 is "Dinosaurs"?

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

You're not insinuating that it's bad to be a dinosaur, are you?

baci

about 6 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuagB3XFsd0

markjoberg

about 6 years ago

Things We Lost in the Fire in its entirety at old Washington Jr. was a highlight, along with every show that I saw at Sacred Heart.

I can't wait for their Denver show and to hear the new record.

Waveview

about 6 years ago

Concert to save the music program at Lowell Elementary School. Calmly playing "Belarus" and (Sarah you're) "Lazy" in the gymnasium, before the children grabbed maracas and grooved in the snake pit with all the generous Duluthians.

Gwanto

about 6 years ago

It was 1992, I believe. My best memories are accidentally hearing them practice at Emerson before they released their first album and also seeing them perform at RecyclaBell. I'd never heard music like that before and became an instant fan. It also changed the way I viewed my own music. The release of Things We Lost in the Fire at Sacred Heart is another fond memory, too.

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

In this week's City Pages:

"Low's road to The Invisible Way"

Nice photo. Sparhawk must have picked something up from Baron Von Rashke when they met all those years ago.

Everyone thinks Al is so nice and mild mannered, but let this serve as a warning: Do not cross him or you will feel the wrath of the claw. 

And that is all the people need to know!

brian

about 6 years ago



Maybe Phil Harder will give Al a cameo in the Baron Von Rashke documentary like the Baron got in the Low movie.

rnarum

about 6 years ago

I agree with @markjoberg. Low had been hired to play its album Things We Lost in the Fire in London and, just before the band flew over for the gig, Starfire posted up the intimate practice show on PDD. It was July 23, 2006, and this is what it looked like:



http://www.flickr.com/photos/duluthiscool/316232328/

Photo by me.

Yeah, the new album is awesome. Congrats to Low on another good one!

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago



After two decades in production with director Philip Harder, the Low movie How to Quit Smoking is finished. It premieres at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival on April 12 and surely will make it to Duluth soon. An early cut of it was screened in Duluth two or three years ago.

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago



And here is Low with 3/5 of Trampled by Turtles at Fitzgerald Theater.

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

Philip Harder talks about the movie on MPR ...

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