Low/Sparhawk news clearinghouse: free music, new band, new albums, Wilco, Ben Gibbard, BYUtv, etc

Linescratchers has been sleeping, but low is the band that never sleep and Alan Sparhawk is the shark of the music world. If he stops writing and performing, he dies.

Alan Sparhawk collaborated with violinist Gaelynn Lea in a new band called Murder of Crows. They’re selling a download of their first EP, Imperfecta, for however much you’d like to pay (including $0) here. (Handmade CD version is available here.) Watch their segment on PBS show The Playlist here.

Low has announced that their new album, The Invisible Way, will be released in March (I’m not linking the album trailer because it’s ridiculous, perhaps as a comment on how ridiculous a trailer for an album is as a concept.) Jeff Tweedy from Wilco invited the band to his Chicago studio to record the record and he also took the producer’s helm.

In the meantime, the band has released their second pay-what-you-want digital EP, Plays Nice Places. It’s a collection of live tracks from their recent tour with Death Cab for Cutie. I can never forgive Ben Gibbard for slaughtering This Charming Man*, but it’s interesting to hear him take the vocals for “Words.” Download it using the widget on the right side of the page here.

Low was also featured in an episode of BYUtv’s surprisingly good new series, Audio-Files. Watch the whole 30 minute episode free here.

The Retribution Gospel Choir also remains active and will release their new album, 3, on Chaperone Records this January. “Q: How do you follow-up a four-song 7”? A: With a two-song full-length.” Sounds like they’re going to attempt replicating the live RGC experience this time. I’ve been lucky enough to see them once in DC and once in Santa Cruz, CA. If you haven’t seen them live yet, brace yourself. Prolific jazzy, Wilco-y guitarist Nels Cline joins on one song (half the album?)

 

*If you want to cover the Smiths, you bring your A game. You do not change the lyrics. Gibbard’s egregious offense:

This man said

“It’s gruesome

that someone so handsome should care.

to

This man said

“It’s crucial

that someone so handsome should care.”

No, a hundred times no. If there is one word that could ruin that song, he found it.

Low/Sparhawk news clearinghouse: free music, new band, new albums, Wilco, Ben Gibbard, BYUtv, etc

Linescratching Post for the week of March 28, 2011

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Vol 1 No. 5, Week of March 28, 2011

In this issue: Some linescratchers break up! The Pearl and the Beard make the rest of us feel like worthless lumps! Gladys Knight takes on Vegas and Amtrak! The Aquabats! make the rest of us feel like real go-getters! Low does some stuff! I include a bowdlerized Jawbreaker reference! and more!

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Linescratching Post for the week of March 28, 2011

Linescratching Post for the week of March 14, 2011

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Vol 1 No. 4, Week of March 14, 2011

In this issue: A Mormon hits #1 on Billboard; various linescratchers play a ridiculous amount of shows in Austin; Brandon Flowers plays Eden; The Sweater Friends promote Autism; The JaneDear girls give us some contraries to wrestle with, and we don’t talk about Jimmer Fredette leading BYU to the #3 NCAA seed, Brandon Davies and the honor code, how many babies John Stewart  wants to have with The Book Of Mormon musical, or anything related to the 5 Browns because we’re too busy discussing whether Charlie Sheen is a Mormon, an ex-Mormon, and old school Mormon, a freelance Polygamist, or just a run-of-the-mill tigerblood. Continue reading “Linescratching Post for the week of March 14, 2011”

Linescratching Post for the week of March 14, 2011

Retribution Gospel Choir covers The Beach Boys

Retribution Gospel Choir did an acoustic cover of Kokomo by The Beach Boys for The A.V. List’s Undercover.

Surprisingly, Alan taps a drum while Eric sings and strums what appears to be a Martin HD-28.

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Retribution Gospel Choir covers The Beach Boys

Retribution Gospel Choir – 2 review

Retribution Gospel Choir – 2

Recommended if you like: Low, garage rock, awesome drum skillz

Recommended tracks: “Hide it Away,” “Poor Man’s Daughter,” “Bless Us All”

Click here to buy the album!

Last week I was waiting around on campus for my wife to pick me up, when I decided to step into a local CD shop, promising to myself that I wouldn’t spend any money we didn’t have. I’m sure you can all guess how that turned out. I walked out of the shop carrying a shiny new copy of Retribution Gospel Choir’s latest album, simply entitled 2.

I hadn’t heard any Retribution Gospel Choir, though I’m a big Low fan, and so the powerful, raw, and in-your-face tone came as a shock, really. I was pleasantly surprised. Continue reading “Retribution Gospel Choir – 2 review”

Retribution Gospel Choir – 2 review