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Download Retribution Gospel Choir The Revolution EP

When he isn’t busy with his main band Low, Alan Sparhawk also leads a slightly more rocked-up side project called Retribution Gospel Choir. Today, the band release a free new EP called The Revolution. Its four breezy songs fly by in 10 minutes, and it’s a fun listen. Use the widget below to download it. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2012 - 3:15 pm

The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums

Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he’d prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Low – “Especially Me” Video

Low’s Mimi Parker made the trip from Duluth to NYC, riding trains and walking out of subway stops for this C’mon clip. Because you can’t let Uncle Jesse land all the plum video gigs. It’s somber. More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 18, 2011 - 9:44 am

Low Cover Toto

Low’s Mimi Parker-sung cover of Toto’s 1982 hit “Africa” for A.V. Undercover is more successful than what Titus Andronicus — NJ bless ‘em — did with They Might Be Giants’ “Birdhouse In You Soul” for the same series:… More »

By: brandon / May 10, 2011 - 5:19 pm

Low – “Try To Sleep” Video (Feat. John Stamos)

This video for “Try To Sleep” indeed stars John Stamos, a full-on Low fan, but what’s more surprising is how effective he is in the clip. You can watch it at EW. (Different vibe than his earlier video-star turn.) Here’s what Stamos had to say about Low:… More »

By: brandon / April 13, 2011 - 4:23 pm

Low – “Especially Me”

As Cole mentioned when he spoke to Low about their ninth full-length C’mon, the collection “represents a kind of return to form for … revisiting the more restrained, minimal nature of earlier albums.” See, for instance, “Especially Me,” a song Mimi Parker wrote and sings. More »

By: brandon / March 25, 2011 - 2:48 pm

Progress Report: Low

PROGRESS REPORT: Duluth’s mightiest and most quiet rock band prep new album C’mon for release 4/12 via Sub Pop.

The last time I saw Low play live was back in 2008 at the New York edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties. Still touring in support of 2007’s Drums and Guns at… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / February 2, 2011 - 11:32 am

Robert Plant Covers Low

Robert Plant revived Band Of Joy, the name of his pre-Zeppelin cover band. He’ll release an album, also titled Band Of Joy, on Sept. 14. Among the Los Lobos and Richard Thompson covers are two covers of Low songs: “Silver Rider” and “Monkey,” both from their 2005 album The Great Destroyer. Both are low-key, whispered… More »

By: jessica / September 7, 2010 - 2:29 pm

New Retribution Gospel Choir – “Hide It Away”

Last year we debuted “Somebody’s Someone” from Retribution Gospel Choir’s self-titled debut, a dark, heavy collection released on Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde. Lest you forget: The Minnesota trio features Low guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk, Low bassist Steve Garrington, and drummer/vocalist Eric Pollard. Their sound’s stripped down, but plenty muscular — at times they open into a… More »

By: brandon / December 17, 2009 - 10:24 am

Pygmalion 2009 In Photos

Some 90 acts descended upon Champaign-Urbana, IL this past weekend, performing across 14 venues and four days for the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival. We sent photographer John Gitchoff to circle the fest, and he delivers this spread including shots of Low, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, and the Zach Hill-ified Wavves. Enjoy. sounds of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 22, 2009 - 3:37 pm

New Low Video – “Santa’s Coming Over”

It’s clearly the season for a lot of Christmas (and other holiday) songs, so brace yourself. Low’s “Santa’s Coming Over” gets us started on a creepier note — the track’s title and main sentiment sounds more like a warning than most Santa songs, which is reflected by (and refracted onto) the faces of the variou… More »

By: brandon / December 1, 2008 - 9:16 am

All Tomorrow’s Parties NY: Polvo, Les Savy Fav, Lightning Bolt Rock The Catskills

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
After a night of front-to-back ATP-approved “classics,” it was nice to tackle a day of unpredictable sets. We missed the earliest acts — Apse, Australia’s garage rockers (and fine live band) the Drones, Growing, and UK comic artist/eerie finger picking/field recording folk player/onetime Sunn O))) collaborator Alexander Tucker. Once… More »

By: brandon / September 21, 2008 - 1:21 pm

Damien Jurado – “Murderer” (Low Cover)

After hearing “Gillian Was A Horse” from Damien Jurado’s forthcoming Caught In The Trees, we contacted the Seattle singer-songwriter and asked if he’d want to premiere a track at Stereogum. Lucky for us (and you), it turned out he had two unreleased gems, both covers. In this week’s Drop we have Jurado’s version of Low’… More »

By: brandon / July 1, 2008 - 10:04 am

Adem Covers Low

When we showed you Fridge bassist Adem Ilhan strumming-out dEUS’s “Hotellounge (Be the Death of Me),” we made sure to mention the UK-based multi-instrumental crooner is also covering any number of indie rock classics (a dozen to be exact) for his third solo record, Takes. For the finale, long after Bedhead and PJ, and Pinback,… More »

By: brandon / May 13, 2008 - 2:20 pm

My Bloody Valentine Finally Coming Back To The States, Curating Quite A Party

16 years! It’s been a long time to wait. For some of you it’s probably been a lifetime. All that ends this fall, though, confirmed via tonight’s news that’s caused music bloggers countrywide to faint face first into their keyboards: My Bloody Valentine will curate a New York edition of the estimable All Tomorrow’s Partie… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 22, 2008 - 11:41 pm

SP20: Sub Pop’s 20th Anniversary Benefit Festival Partial Lineup Announced

We mentioned Sub Pop’s 20th Anniversary a ways back — well, it’s officially time to party (especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest). The rumors have been circling the web, and now we have official details about SP20, a two-day benefit festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA (7/12 & 7/13). There’s also the… More »

By: brandon / April 15, 2008 - 3:36 pm

Retribution Gospel Choir – “Somebody’s Someone”

Retribution Gospel Choir is the dark, heavy Minnesota trio of Low guitarist/vocalist Alan Sparhawk and new Low bassist Steve Garrington (who recently replaced Matt Livingston in both bands) with drummer/vocalist Eric Pollard. Imagine Low, minus Mimi Parker, doing dynamic, moody, muscular, and spare stoner rock. Yes, we said “stoner rock.” (For the record, Mimi sing… More »

By: brandon / March 11, 2008 - 11:19 am

Cornelius, Low, Frodo Do Yo Gabba Gabba

In the time since we last mentioned the favorite kids show for indie yuppie parents looking for ways to spend time with their little children, Yo Gabba Gabba’s had some Stereofriendly folks swing by their Nick Jr. studios. People like manic genre-deconstructing genius Cornelius, whose heavy Yo performance (in 6/4!) you can watch over at… More »

By: Stereogum / November 28, 2007 - 4:42 pm

New Low Video – “Breaker” (Animated Version)

Wow, there’s gonna be a shitload of videos from Drums And Guns — especially if there are no live-action logistics to contend with. This makes the second animated clip for Low in recent months (first was for the rad Optimimi version of “Hatchet“), and it paints the portrait of a high-noon spaghetti western showdown, bookended… More »

By: Stereogum / June 29, 2007 - 6:08 pm

New Low Video – “Hatchet (Optimimi Version)”

Stuffing your face full of chocolate cake is hard work! So taxing that, after chowing down in “Breaker,” Alan Sparhawk has gone on extended video vacay, not even showing his face (or those of any other Low members) for the cross country skiing clip for “Belarus.” And apparently he’s still in relaxtion mode with thi… More »

By: Stereogum / May 16, 2007 - 12:35 pm