Advanced Search. Recording Date July, - July, Track Listing. That's All Right. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. Blue Moon of Kentucky. Bill Monroe. Mack David. Good Rockin' Tonight. Roy Brown. Milk Cow Blues. Kokomo Arnold. You're a Heartbreaker. Jack Sallee. Baby Let's Play House. Always good to cleanse the palate, they say. Duluth, Minnesota's legendary "slowcore" as opposed to hardcore t rio LOW certai nly fits the bill.
Virtual inventors of the genre perhaps shared with Codeine, but that's for the nitpickers to argue , Low doesn't write songs as much as songscapes. Low is all about atmosphere, all about the space between the notes being just as important - if not more so - than the notes themselves.
Low and Albini was truly a marriage made in heaven. For a band that trades on the idea of the spaces being as key as the musics, Albini's recording style is absolutely perfect for this band.
You get a real feel of texture, of space, of atmosphere - and it's all without any gimmickry, just a GREAT live room sound at Chicago's Electrical Audio Albini's own studio and very strategic microphone placement.
Recorded in Chicago at Albini's Electrical Audio studios, by Steve Albini, these two records sound just frankly incredible. From a sonics perspective, there's headroom dynamics! No loudness wars here! And just as important it's a music blog after all, not an engineering blog - from a music perspective, the songs are just wonderful.
Guitarist and co-vocalist Alan Sparhawk, "drummer" and co-vocalist Mimi Parker, and bassist Zak Sally have created here some of the most beautiful songs I have in my collection. You'll just have to hear for yourself - and I can't imagine hearing these recorded any other way, the recording fits the songwriting fits the recording Well, all but the final two songs I present here are Albini sessions, that is - the Smiths and Pink Floyd covers aren't Albini recordings, as far as I know.
But whatever, they're just utterly spectacular regardless. So enjoy As Peel later explained, the system goes into operation automatically if there's an extended period of silence resulting, for instance, from the death of the DJ on the air. Those who designed such technology obviously hadn't considered how it might respond to Low, whose pared-down, slowcore aesthetic centers on an artful use of quiet spaces, pauses and decidedly un-rock levels of amplification.
With the assistance of producer Steve Albini, on Things We Lost in the Fire Low crafts another collection of downbeat, achingly stark songs. Threaded with slight, hymnal vocals and striking a delicate balance between dark intensity and ethereal fragility, this new material bears many of the hallmarks of Low's sound as it has defined itself on previous releases. But although Low's music remains minimal in its design and beautifully snail-paced, this new release also attests to the continuing evolution of the band's sound.
Things We Lost in the Fire picks up where Low's last recording with Albini 's Secret Name left off, progressively expanding on the band's sparse common denominator of bass, drums and guitar.
Things finds Low's measured atmospherics and gentle melodies further enhanced by layers of instrumentation — for instance, cello, violin, piano, mellotron and trumpet. Moreover, it finds the band's melancholy and affecting textures coalescing even more into traditional song structures. The focal point of Low's sound has consistently been the human voice and, on Things We Lost in the Fire , the lulling vocals of spouses Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker again take pride of place, serving as the most engaging instruments in the mix.
Throughout this album — most notably on "Sunflower", "Medicine Magazines" and "Kind of Girl" — the couple execute stunning harmonies with an emotive range that belies their quiet simplicity. On the spare "Embrace", her voice captures and translates the melancholy swell of the string arrangement and the building tension of the unrelenting, funereal beat. Similarly compelling is Sparhawk's delicate, almost murmured, singing on the vaguely unsettling "Whitetail", probably the most stripped-down song on the album.
With its repetitive arrangement of brushed cymbals, a suggestion of cello and a modicum of guitar and bass, this track displays little linear progression, moving not so much forward as downward to plumb the depths of some intangible menace.
While it's impossible to locate weak points on Things We Lost in the Fire , it's relatively easy to pick the two strongest tracks. Here, Sparhawk's disembodied, Neil Young-esque vocals hover over the track's ponderous bass-heavy reaches, to be joined in the pounding crescendos by Bob Weston's trumpet as well as Parker's dulcet harmonies.
Voices are barely raised and the sound is only rarely turned up, yet the band's understated, lingering vocal and instrumental arrangements conjure up textured, dynamic spaces whose emotive resonance speaks volumes. Saturday, February 14, postpunk on the prairie: the Jesus Lizard.
Man, we're on a roll here with the Chicago postpunk, might as well strike again while the iron is hot - with perhaps the best of 'em all Today, I bring you the Jesus Lizard. Vocalist - and I use that term lightly - David Yow fights his way through each song as if he were choking on booze and razor blades. Oddly enough, he's one hell of a nice guy in person, clearly a case of a stage persona vs reality thing. Bassist David Wm. So yeah, they're pretty good.
Having taken the drum machine approach as far as it could go, they recruited super drummer man Mac and unleashed the new 4-piece Lizard via a classic 7" single featuring a medley of Chrome songs "TV as Eyes" and "Abstract Nympho" simply-titled "Chrome", backed with an original track "7 vs.
More tJL info here , here and here official Touch and Go page about 'em. All their Touch and Go output was recorded by the legendary Steve Albini, who, being the indie purist he is, refused to work with them again after they signed to the major label Capitol Records. Oh how I'd pull my own Tight 'n Shiny to see those gigs! Changing it up a bit here, rather than posting entire album s , I'm going to compile the greatest tJL compilation ever. We're going to flat-out ignore the Capitol Records era, and focus exclusively on their indie years on Touch and Go , and better yet, I'm going to do it chronologically.
Here's a quick Touch and Go-era discography hit, we'll get to our exclusive compilation below If there's enough demand I can post the individual records, but they're all still in print the albums, that is on Touch and Go, and there are plans afoot to issue remastered editions and, from what I've heard, remastered the right way by none other than Shellac's Bob Weston before the year is out.
Tags: postpunk on the prairie , Steve Albini , the Jesus Lizard , touch and go. Tuesday, February 10, postpunk on the prairie: TAR. If you haven't noticed yet But your humble blogger - in retrospect - is amazed at the quality and quantity of fine records released that year. It's as strong as a year as I can remember, for indierock releases.
I was going to run a list of some of them but I don't want to lose focus I declared early on that the blog would have several recurring features such as the "variations on a theme" producers meme, the "5 songs" meme, etc. But there's no rules here, no schedule.
Nothing but my wily wiles to guide me. And if I want to post nothing but snippets of Benny Hill jokes, for 30 days straight, by all means I'll do so. So, long story short, if you're waiting for the "variations on a theme" or "5 songs" series to continue, just settle down.
Feel better? Now pay attention I don't have a clue how to describe TAR but that they're rhythmically awesome, they're guitarishly amazing, and they were one of Steve Albini 's favorite bands ever.
And from Trouser Press: Like the sizzle of hot sparks hitting cold metal, Minneapolis' Arcwelder splatters impassioned vocals over a chilling backdrop. With vibrant melodies that jump out of penetrating grooves, Arcwelder's albums also tend toward more subdued soundscapes. Drummer Scott Macdonald and guitarist Bill Graber share vocal duties — sometimes harmonizing, but often taking on differing melodies. Once in Chicago, opening up for Tar at the legendary Lounge Ax in for Tar's last-ever gig, and once in Minneapolis in at the Bar.
Both shows were terrific and if they ever make their way to where I reside currently, you can bet I'll see 'em again. So on with it So buy it and support this fantastic band. Tags: Arcwelder , postpunk on the prairie , touch and go. Analog Loyalist February 4, at PM. Anonymous February 4, at PM. Anonymous August 24, at AM.
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