“While driving though Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft. They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day. It’s a great place—a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment. It’s cool, but 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.
‘Don’t break my Grammy streak.’ We have worked with many of the great engineer/producers. Jeff Tweedy has been on our side of the microphone for over 25 years, however with engineer (and fellow Grammy winner) Tom Schick, he has of late become a formidable and eclectic producer. He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery.
We’ve made many records, and you know our M.O.: slow, quiet, sometimes melancholy, and, we hope, sometimes pretty… How is this different from any other Low record? - Mimi sings lead on five of the eleven songs (she usually only does one or two, despite being a fan favorite). - Piano, lots of piano… and an acoustic guitar. - Songs about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archeology, and love.
Thank you for your time again and please enjoy what we made. I think it’s beautiful.”
—Alan Sparhawk from Low
The facts of Low…
Artist Name: Low
Members: Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker, Steve Garrington
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Born: 1993 (Low celebrates 20 years as a band in 2013)
Number of Studio Albums to Date: 10
Producers: Jeff Tweedy, Matt Beckley, Dave Fridmann, Steve Albini, Tchad Blake, Tom Herbers
Associated Record Labels: Sub Pop Records, Kranky Records, Vernon Yard Records, Rough Trade, Chairkickers
Songs Covered by Robert Plant: “Monkey” and “Silver Rider,” on his 2010 Band of Joy album (and his cover of “Silver Rider” was later nominated for a Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance Grammy)
Touring Partners: Radiohead, Wilco, Nick Cave, Soul Coughing, Swans
The New Record: The Invisible Way (March 19, 2013; Sub Pop Records)
Mike Doughty contains multitudes: Singer. Songwriter. Guitar player. Poet. Author. Playwright. Photographer. Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982. He's released five solo albums, some EPs, a couple of live albums, a bunch of EDM tracks and remixes, a poetry book, and a memoir about that time he was in a band called Soul Coughing and didn't like it and took a lot of drugs. He most recently released an album of covers in the fall of 2012, wherein he played songs by John Denver, Cheap Trick, and Stephen Sondheim. http://www.mikedoughty.com/ @Mike_Doughty_