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Low – “Let’s Stay Together” (two versions)

In recent months, Duluth band Low has been covering Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” including this past weekend’s show at First Avenue marking the Current’s 11th anniversary. Above is a version recorded in Spain; below is a version at the Crocodile in Seattle.

Perfect Album of 2015: Low’s Ones and Sixes

PDDPerfectAlbumAwardLogo2015The latest evidence of the ubiquity of Alan Sparhawk: Not only did his band Low gain the most votes in PDD’s poll to determine the best local album of 2015 for its release Ones and Sixes, Sparhawk also produced the Social Disaster album Dark Side of the Roller Rink, which finished a close second in the voting.

But that’s kind of what we expect from the icon of Duluth’s music scene.

For Low’s 11th studio album — its fourth on the Seattle-based Sub Pop Records label — the band teamed with producer BJ Burton and recorded at April Base Studios in Eau Claire. As usual, Sparhawk handles the guitar work and shares vocals with his wife, drummer Mimi Parker. It’s their third album with bassist Steve Garrington.

Ones and Sixes is perhaps the band’s most spiritual-sounding music yet, though not in a denominational sort of way. The songs are filled with soul and strain. Like every Low album, critics have labeled it a departure, while at the same time noting it’s unmistakably Low. Perhaps therein lies the soul and strain. When music critics have a tough time putting a finger on it, it’s usually a great thing that’s happening in the headphones.

Low on World Cafe

NPR’s World Cafe has been doing a “Sense of Place Minneapolis” series. Duluth band Low was featured yesterday, Dec. 10.

Low’s “Things We Lost in the Fire” on film

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Just stumbled across this dark little film on Netflix and our pals Low provide some of the soundtrack.

David Campbell interviews Alan Sparhawk’s guitar

Low – “Lies”

From the new album, Ones and Sixes.

Low – “What Part of Me” and “No Comprende” live on the Current

Low perform “What Part of Me” and “No Comprende” during the band’s Sept. 18 session in the studios of 89.3 the Current. Click here to listen to the full session.

First Listen: Low’s Ones and Sixes


The new album by Duluth band Low is available to stream above, via NPR’s First Listen. CDs, LPs and mp3s will be in stores on Sept. 11.

Low – “What Part of Me”

Ones and Sixes, the new album by Duluth band Low, is scheduled for worldwide release on Sept. 11.

Low song “No Comprende” from upcoming album Ones and Sixes

Ones and Sixes, the new album by Duluth band Low, is scheduled for worldwide release on Sept. 11.

Stereogum previews the album:
A Low Profile: Alan Sparhawk & Mimi Parker on their new album Ones And Sixes

January 2005 in Review

  • Low releases The Great Destroyer. (Video by Starfire.)
  • The Twin Ports Music and Arts Collective closes.
  • Nutty Meg’s closes.
  • Eric Ringsred and his son Miles plan to open a drinking establishment called the Cider House at the old Snyder’s Superstop. (It never happens, and instead Dubh Linn Irish Pub opens there in 2006.)
  • The Red Star Lounge is under construction at the Fitger’s Brewery Complex.
  • Mike Neal opens Splash Beach Club in the former Western Tavern. It briefly serves as Duluth’s only alcohol-free weekend dance club.
  • Management of the NorShor Theatre transfers from Chip Stewart and Craig Samborski to J.P. Rennquist.

Video Archive: Low – “Fear”

Ten years ago Starfire posted this video he made for the Low song “Fear,” from the 1994 album I Could Live in Hope. The video was produced as part of the Crash Ballet Contest put on by Coudal Partners, a design, advertising and interactive studio in Chicago. Participants were asked to edit original NASA footage to music. Starfire’s video was named a runner up in the contest.

Robert Plant and Mike Simonson

Hey Duluth. It’s been awhile.

Two radio-related things happened today I heard here in Madison and thought you might be interested in.

1) Robert Plant gave a nod to Duluth’s own Low in a CBC interview on their show Q (it’s towards the end).

2) WPR announced the death of Mike Simonson, a journalist for whom I have the utmost respect and enjoyed hearing on the statewide news whenever his stories showed up. He cared about reporting what needed to be reported and unpacking the news in a very authentic way. Looks like Final Edition has had its final edition. He’ll be greatly missed.

Set lists for Low @ Brewhouse

While I’d be very happy to get to the Brewhouse every Thursday for Low’s play-it-all sessions, I just can’t do it … but it would be great to know what they played so far. Any fans out there who happened to record the set list from 1.16.14? If you’d care to share it (maybe even each week?), I’d guess that there is more than one fan in PDD-Land who would appreciate your effort. Thanks!

Manheat Eats Low Breaker

Rough video from the Duluth Does Low concert — Dec. 12, 2013.

Merry Christmas.