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Could anyone please share "It's All Been Done"? Someone posted a link here but it's expired now. It's such a shame the song wasn't made available for download. It's only featured in the Japanese release of Double Negative. Many thanks in advance.

johngreen74, Thursday, 23 April 2020 21:43 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

over on twitter lowtheband joined tim's listening party to talk about their first album. pics, memories, etc

that's not my post, Thursday, 7 May 2020 21:51 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

they played their IG live set today with no talking in honor of george floyd, which ended with an absolutely blistering performance of 'breaker.' totally wrecked me.

donna rouge, Friday, 29 May 2020 20:45 (seven months ago) link

They couldn't but end with "Breaker".

Soundslike, Friday, 29 May 2020 22:57 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

Time to put on the Christmas album.

that's not my post, Sunday, 13 December 2020 17:59 (one month ago) link

One of the first things I played when December hit. Worth noting as well that I think all the originals have been covered in studio by others one way or another at this point.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 December 2020 18:01 (one month ago) link

they're still doing those great weekly Instagram sessions, started in April...

check out itsfridayiminlow.com for archives and tracklists

StanM, Sunday, 13 December 2020 18:41 (one month ago) link

it's been such a joy watching them play all these super-deep cuts on the IG live concerts. has there been a low artist poll here yet?

donna rouge, Sunday, 13 December 2020 19:05 (one month ago) link

Omg, I would go absolutely nuts

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Sunday, 13 December 2020 23:10 (one month ago) link

Looked at the archives, was like "Man, I really want to see them perform "Laugh," and sure enough, they did it on Friday!"

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Sunday, 13 December 2020 23:15 (one month ago) link

I was only the rota to do it and then that list kind of died? I think I sort of volunteered to do it again but it was too close to Double Negative so it got kicked into the grass again.

Short answer, I start a new job at the beginning February so time is pretty much against me now. Happy for anyone else to take over.

pedantly admonishment (aldo), Sunday, 13 December 2020 23:18 (one month ago) link

This band.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 13 December 2020 23:39 (one month ago) link

I've been steadily listening through their albums since last year, and would def participate in an artist poll now. I've mostly been listening to the newer stuff since a lot of the older stuff isn't on Spotify, but they have the debut, which has some great music. Overall though, I think I prefer the energy of Great Destroyer and after. C'mon is incredible especially

A bit surprising that Things We Lost is the only album of theirs I haven't liked all that much, not sure why. But I find it a bit hard to explain why I love this band so much to begin with!

Vinnie, Monday, 14 December 2020 00:12 (one month ago) link

I tend to think Things We Lost is the least good album pre-Great Destroyer, but I also think that Great Destroyer and everything that came after is of less good quality across the board. Early Low is incredible, each album amazing.

Whereas there are superfluous tracks on each album after and including The Great Destroyer. There are even superfluous albums, imho— despite two good songs, The Invisible Way is almost entirely embarrassing.

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 00:32 (one month ago) link

My own post confused me: I like everything pre-TGD, but thing TWLITF is the least good, while still being really amazing. Everything after that is more spotty to me.

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 00:34 (one month ago) link

'Double Negative' may be the best record ever made 25 years into a group's continuous career. They were clearly rejuvinated by it, after their first couple 'merely OK' albums.

Soundslike, Monday, 14 December 2020 01:52 (one month ago) link

I've been mostly listening to live shows on archive.org (LowMusic) to be honest. Looking for the longest/slowest version of Lullaby etc (14 minutes?)

StanM, Monday, 14 December 2020 02:03 (one month ago) link

Low might be the unusual band with 3 relatively distinct phases each of which has their ILX stans. "Relatively" since one could also see their discography as a continuum with I Could Live in Hope at one end and Double Negative at the other. FWIW I love the stretch between Secret Name and Guns & Drums.

that's not my post, Monday, 14 December 2020 03:21 (one month ago) link

^including both Secret Name and Guns & Drums...

that's not my post, Monday, 14 December 2020 03:22 (one month ago) link

I think Ones and Sixes is a really great album that somewhat understandably now gets overshadowed by its successor.

Tim F, Monday, 14 December 2020 03:26 (one month ago) link

I kind of think for Low what we think of as 'merely okay' might be their way of experimenting or trying something different. If all of your albums are interesting or adventurous, then relatively conventional becomes your own version of adventurous.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 December 2020 03:26 (one month ago) link

Arggh, stupid, I should say all the way back to I Could Live in Hope, what was I thinking?

that's not my post, Monday, 14 December 2020 03:30 (one month ago) link

I kind of fit in with table's take - thought TWILITF was kind of weak when it came out but they peaked again with Trust. Then I felt TGD wasn't all it could have been, basically because of the inferior version of Silver Rider (a trick they pulled again with the inferior version of Murderer on D&G) and I just sort of lost interest. Saw them touring C'Mon in a room full of people who talked through every moment that wasn't loud and I guess I just lost interest.

Watched the Glastonbury set for Double Negative and it was great though, maybe because of DYKHTW.

pedantly admonishment (aldo), Monday, 14 December 2020 09:31 (one month ago) link

I also always forget that TWLITF came before Trust....but basically, The Great Destroyer just put me off them for five or six years. I still don't like that album very much!

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 12:54 (one month ago) link

At the same time, The Great Destroyer has "Silver Rider," one of their all time prettiest songs.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 December 2020 13:24 (one month ago) link

That's the one I meant, the version on the Murderer ep was far superior imo

pedantly admonishment (aldo), Monday, 14 December 2020 13:38 (one month ago) link

Which I see I said. Put down the keyboard aldo

pedantly admonishment (aldo), Monday, 14 December 2020 13:38 (one month ago) link

Hmm, I think I prefer the album version. They're both great, though, and pretty distinct.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 December 2020 13:41 (one month ago) link

They uploaded this for the annual Duluth Kamikaze festival:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5ug9-alFfQ

StanM, Monday, 14 December 2020 14:02 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxFy-7DywdE

The Lice Song is still my favourite oddity, I got it originally a tape via the Low List of some mid-afternoon set at an outdoor thing Secret Name era.

pedantly admonishment (aldo), Monday, 14 December 2020 14:06 (one month ago) link

! I had never heard that, thanks :-)

StanM, Monday, 14 December 2020 14:15 (one month ago) link

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/low/1999/loring-park-minneapolis-mn-33ee14cd.html

http://www.trustlow.com/archive/photos/990802.php

Found the show listing. Low also have some photos of it.

pedantly admonishment (aldo), Monday, 14 December 2020 14:29 (one month ago) link

My favorite Low oddity is their cover of Soul Coughing's "Blue Eyed Devil," which I find just perfect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FHBxseoXvc

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 15:15 (one month ago) link

the great destroyer is great imo but i have a more even view of low’s discog. agreed the invisible way is a misstep, but the only one

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 14 December 2020 15:17 (one month ago) link

i just love the guitar sounds on the great destroyer and the way it makes every song feel like it’s going to end your world with melody

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 14 December 2020 15:18 (one month ago) link

Things We Lost in the Fire is absolutely classic wtf

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 14 December 2020 15:24 (one month ago) link

I came around more TGD after taking some time away from the band, but because I so disliked it on my first listens when it was first released, there's a residue that I haven't been able to shake.

I think it's because the sound is so much fuller— what I had previously enjoyed most about Low was the way they played with juxtapositions of these more spare songs with relatively spare production with more maximal, overwhelming sounds, so that a very spare, gorgeous album like Curtain ends with this absolutely crushing wall of ambient noise. TGD was, to me, Low's entry into more typical "rock" songwriting with the more maximal production to match, and it felt like a betrayal at the time it was released. I still enjoy the earlier entries in Low's catalog more than TGD and those that came after, but I think they're all pretty genius records at this point, with The Invisible Way being ever the exception.

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 15:31 (one month ago) link

UMS, just for the record, I do love TWLITF, I just don't think it's as good as some of the earlier records. I don't really understand how anyone can not think Curtain is the best Low album, tbph

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 15:32 (one month ago) link

^^^^^ this

pedantly admonishment (aldo), Monday, 14 December 2020 15:34 (one month ago) link

From memory, I recall dinosaur act being the first time I thought they sounded like a more conventional rock band, in the best way.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 December 2020 15:38 (one month ago) link

Curtain is great. Honestly I don't think there's a Low album I consider less than Good+ probably, most VG+ to Mint imo

For me, TWLITF is the perfect mid ground between the early stuff and the later stuff, feels like a "hinge" album to me

Though I don't know it depends on which one I'm listening to

great band, best Minnesota band of all time

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 14 December 2020 15:39 (one month ago) link

But that was a blip on a record that included songs like Whitetail and Like a Forest. TGD was the first record where nearly all the songs sounded more like "rock" songs.

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 15:41 (one month ago) link

I feel all over the place with them.

Favorite album: I Could Live In Hope
Favorite song: California
Honorary Mention (aka album I love a whole ton that everyone forgot or does not like as much as I do): C'mon

Evan, Monday, 14 December 2020 15:51 (one month ago) link

C'mon is really high in my rankings, as is "California"!

Vinnie, Monday, 14 December 2020 16:01 (one month ago) link

Feel like Secret Name is slept on

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 14 December 2020 16:04 (one month ago) link

Agreed. For me it's:

Curtain>Secret Name>I Could Live in Hope>Trust>Songs for a Dead Pilot>Things We Lost, at least for the early records. I'd need to go back and listen to some of the newer stuff again, because at a certain point, there are songs that get mixed up for me. For example, I always think that Whitetail is on Curtain, when it's really the best song from TWLITF.

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 16:09 (one month ago) link

i got into them around the time ‘secret name’ came out, loved all the albums before that, but then i couldn’t really cotton onto ‘trust’ and kinda stopped caring about them until ‘c’mon’ came out, and then i sorta left them alone again until ‘double negative’ which jolted me in such a way that i immediately proceeded to fill in all the gaps in my listening. (ftr i like ‘trust’ now, i think it just wasn’t the kind of thing i wanted to listen to at the time. i like all their albums to varying extents, tho ‘invisible way’ is somewhat leaden, agreed.)

Short answer, I start a new job at the beginning February so time is pretty much against me now. Happy for anyone else to take over.


would be happy to assume poll-hosting duties, aldo! i ran the abba poll years ago and had a really fun time with it. i once toyed with the idea of doing a “songs where Mimi sings lead” poll here but a) there might now be too many options for a multiple-choice poll and b) it would be categorically impossible

donna rouge, Monday, 14 December 2020 16:10 (one month ago) link

Trust is still my overall fave, though Double Negative gives it a strong challenge

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Monday, 14 December 2020 16:10 (one month ago) link

Trust was the first album I got, and I saw them on that tour, and it holds a special place for me. I remember bicycling around the cornfields near my college town, blasting "Amazing Grace" on repeat. That track has healing powers.

"Bi" Dong A Ban He Try (the table is the table), Monday, 14 December 2020 16:15 (one month ago) link

I know it pops up on threads all the time, but they are definitely in the running for largest catalog with fewest if any clunkers.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 December 2020 16:15 (one month ago) link


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