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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Roundup

Shockingly enough, I've been so busy in May that neither this nor my personal blog have been updated, although links and information for both have been piling up steadily. I was hoping to get time to write a proper song review here, but no such luck. However, I am going to share some of the stuff that I've been reading/watching about Low that's worth your time (some of which I wish I'd run into before I wrote my review of C'mon):

- NPR had Alan and Mimi do one of their Tiny Desk Concerts, and it's great; just the two of them and Alan's acoustic guitar, performing "Try to Sleep," a really lovely "Nightingale," and "Something's Turning Over." If you read this blog, well, I'm sure you've already gone to go watch it.

- They also showed up on this episode of the Sound Opinions podcast. I haven't listened yet, but I'm looking forward to it (please note that if you look at the text description of the podcast, there are links at the end of the second segment to just view Low's part of the show).

- As you might recall, Alan's solo album came out on the wonderful Silber Records. Well, Silber label head Brian John Mitchell also has a fine zine called QRD, and he interviewed Alan for an issue devoted to Christians in music. And down at the bottom of the (fascinating) interview there are links to all the other times Mitchell has interviewed Alan, including a joint interview with Mimi for a couples in rock issue. Pretty essential reading.

- I might have referred to one or both of these pieces in my C'mon interview, but in any case I can highly recommend Andy Downing's chat with Mimi for a Wisconsin area-something (website? newspaper? I don't know), and Sam Adam's interview with Alan for eMusic, which contains this bit that I wish I'd quoted: "We're never intentional writers, but during the process of doing this, realizing what sort of songs we're writing, I did notice the tone of the language and what's being said was being directed back and forth between the two of us — or on a more symbolic level, an intimate dialogue between two people who have a history and are trying to be honest with each other. There's definitely more, almost, love songs on there in contrast to the last couple records we've done."

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