We are just beside ourselves with excitement that the singularly talented and also Duluth-based Low will be releasing their 10th record, The Invisible Way, on March 19, 2013 (the 18th in the UK). We are then beside the ourselves that was already standing there, excited, beside ourselves with excitement that The Invisible Way is coming out on Sub Pop Records. Because, THAT’S US! This new record was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, engineered by Tom Schick and recorded in Wilco’s studio in Chicago, IL, during the fall of 2012. Coincidentally, the release marks Low’s 20th anniversary as a band. This is a short trailer for the new record.
“While driving through Chicago on tour, we finally stopped to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft,” says guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk. “They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day…What really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on – big, simple, raw and intimate. Plans were made then and there.”
The Invisible Way finds Low’s majestic melancholy in full bloom yet distinguishes itself with its starker, unadorned soundscapes, layered harmonies and drummer/vocalist extraordinaire Mimi Parker singing lead on five of the 11 songs. The album tackles large issues (“the songs are about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archaeology and love,” says Sparhawk) in a manner that plays a stunning counterpoint to the sublime hush of the music.
In the blatant widgetry above, Low are also now making available a fantastic six-song live set they are calling Low—Plays Nice Places. This set collects five previously-released tracks, as well as a new song called “Waiting,” all of which were recorded at various historic theaters on the bands’ April 2012 tour supporting Death Cab for Cutie. Additionally, the live version of “Words” here features Benjamin Gibbard on bass and vocals. The tracklisting goes like this…
Words (featuring Benjamin Gibbard)*
*Benjamin Gibbard appears courtesy of Atlantic Records.
A European tour has been confirmed to begin April 24, 2013 in the UK at the Glee Club in Birmingham and finishes May 18 in Biarritz, France at Atabal. The complete tour dates can be found here
Bands play shows all the time, and though we often try to convince you otherwise (and will, let’s just go ahead and admit, continue to do so), almost any one of these shows is not really “news,” exactly.
Added on to the fact that Low will be playing a venue typically occupied by groups with the word “Philharmonic” in their name, the band has invited the artist Peter Liversidge to produce backdrops for their performance. Here’s some more info on Peter and his plans with Low…
Peter Liversidge has begun a year-long collaboration with the band Low from Duluth, Minnesota. The partnership will culminate in a new set of proposals written for the musicians.
To inaugurate this partnership, Liversidge was invited to produce a backdrop for Low’s concert at the Royal Festival Hall of the Southbank Centre in London on April 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm. As detailed in a proposal from Liversidge, the backdrop will consist of three video projections, lighting, mirror balls, festoon lighting and shadows. The work designed for the show is born of a fascination with the relationship between the audience and performer as it has evolved with the technological innovations of the past century, as well as Liversidge’s personal relationship with the band and appreciation of their music.
The first 500 people to arrive at the concert will receive an embossed facsimile of Liversidge’s proposal related to the performance.
In the parlance of our times, it looks like this show will really be “something else.”
No doubt you guys are all familiar with the very excellent “Undercover” series that the folks over at The A.V. Club put together. Of course you are. It is, after all, one of the 10 or 11 best things on the internet (somewhere just after this).
While on tour together not long ago, Sharon Van Etten (not on Sub Pop, still great) and Shearwater (Animal Joy very recently released on Sub Pop, also great) performed a cover of Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty’s duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” for those guys under the very reasonable name of Shearon Van Ettenwater. We like it a whole lot and maybe you will, too.
We have done a not altogether awesome job of telling you guys about the Undercover performances our bands have done. There have been a bunch of them and all of them are really great. F’rinstance…
Beginning April 10th, Sub Pop recording artists Low will serve as main support for the first 12 dates of Death Cab for Cutie’s upcoming North American spring tour. These dates will bring the bands to intimate venues and historic theaters across much of the United States, as Death Cab for Cutie performs with San Francisco’s innovative Magik*Magik Orchestra. Low was specially selected by Death Cab for Cutie as main support for these dates.
Low are touring in support of their 2011 release, C’mon, which was recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in Hollywood, CA with producer Matt Beckley working alongside the band. C’mon received warm accolades from such places as: SPIN, Blurt, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Washington Post, and NPR, who had this to say about their latest release:
Lush and beautiful in its simplicity… Longtime fans who’ve lived with Low will no doubt appreciate the return to form, while newcomers ought to fall in love with these songs and want to dig into the rest of the band’s 18 years of passionate restraint.
Alan Sparhawk describes C’mon simply as: “Warm, pretty, large like Nashville without the country. Mim and I are talking to each other in the lyrics, sometimes it’s not pretty, but it’s as honest as love.”
See below for a full list of tour dates. Click here for more information on Low.
Low Tour Dates
Jan 27 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Mar 09 All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, United Kingdom
Mar 26 Teatro Central, Sevilla, Spain
Mar 27 Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
Mar 28 Teatro Kapital, Madrid, Spain
Mar 29 Sala Capitol , Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Mar 30 Kursaal, San Sebastian, Spain
Mar 31 Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Mar 31 Circulo de Arte de Toledo, Toledo, Spain
Apr 02 Glee Club (UK), Birmingham, United Kingdom
Apr 03 Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
w/ Death Cab for Cutie
04/10/12 Denver CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
04/11/12 Omaha NE @ Omaha Music Hall
04/13/12 Louisville KY @ Louisville Palace
04/14/12 Grand Rapids MI @ Covenant Fine Arts Center / Calvin College
04/15/12 Milwaukee WI @ Riverside Theatre
04/16/12 Chicago IL @ Chicago Theatre
04/19/12 Toronto ON @ Massey Hall
04/20/12 Montreal QC @ St Jean Baptiste Church
04/21/12 Boston MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center / Wang Theatre
04/23/12 Providence RI @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium
04/24/12 Buffalo NY @ Kleinhan’s Music Hall
04/25/12 Philadelphia PA @ Tower Theatre
This month’s new episode of 120 Minutes airs tonight, Wed., Oct 26th, on MTV2. And what makes this interesting to us and also, we hope, to you is that this episode will feature both an interview with and a music video by the very great band Low!
We have suspicions that the music video will be the one for the song “Especially Me” from Low’s 2011 full-on full-length album release C’mon. What’s in that interview is really anyone’s guess.
“120 Minutes”: with Low airs tonight (verrrry early in the morning on Wed., Oct. 26th, aka late at night on Tuesday, Oct. 25th) on MTV2 at 3 am ET/12 am PT.
We are relatively confident that you will notice that there is, right above these words, a new video from Low for the song “Especially Me.” It was directed by Phil Harder, and the song is from Low’s new and very excellent album C’mon. You should watch this video!
Also! In about a month, Low will start up their first west coast tour dates since the release of C’mon! And then, in October, they’ll be playing in NY with Iron and Wine. These dates are like so:
Saturday September 3rd – Masonic Temple – Winona, MN – Tickets
Thursday September 15th – The Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC – Tickets
Friday September 16th – Neumos – Seattle, WA – Tickets
Saturday September 17th – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – Tickets
Monday September 19th – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – Tickets
Tuseday September 20th – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – Tickets
Friday September 23rd – Velour Live Music Gallery – Provo, UT – Tickets
Saturday September 24th – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO – Tickets
Sunday September 25th – Armstrong Hall – Colorado Springs, CO – Tickets Onsale Saturday 8/23
Wednesday October 12th – Terminal 5 – New York, NY, supporting Iron & Wine – Tickets
Also also! Low will be returning to Europe in November and December, including playing the Jeff Magnum curated ATP Festival in Minehead on December 3rd:
Nov 24 – Autumn Falls Festival @ Cirque Royal – Brussels, Belgium – Tickets
Nov 25 – Le Guess Who Festival @ Tivoli – Utrecht, Holland – Tickets
Nov 26 – Sinkkasten – Frankfurt, Germany – Tickets
Nov 28 – Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy – Tickets
Nov 29 – Palace – St. Gallen, Switzerland – Tickets
Nov 30 – Fri-Son – Fribourg, Switzerland – Tickets
Dec 1 – L’Epicerie Moderne – Lyon, France – Tickets
Dec 2 – La Gaité Lyrique – Paris, France – Tickets
Dec 3 – ATP Festival – Minehead, UK – Tickets