by Sean
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photograph by Sara Padgett

Low - "Breaker (Daytrotter session)". Low are on vacation, somewhere very hot and dry. They were driving all day in the rusted-out van. They arrive at the hotel they booked weeks before, on a dry strip of yellow sand with the ocean just visible at the horizon. The building's made of white concrete. There's no one there to book them in, just a whiteboard in the lobby saying: LOW -- ROOM 310. They let themselves into 310. There isn't any furniture. They set up their instruments. Sweat's dripping down their arms and falling in drops when it reaches their wrists. They wish they had something cold to drink. They open the little window as wide as it will go and they pick up their guitar, bass, drum-sticks. They start to sing without even having warmed up. Alan and Mimi don't even look at each-other when their voices meet a little sharp. They're all just staring through the haze at the window, and beyond the window to that distant bar of sea. They sing the song with clenched fists and call the ocean closer, tide by tide.

Low - "Hatchet (Optimimi Version)". Later they go for a swim in the pool.

[buy Low's Drums & Guns, presently my fourth-favourite album of the year / check out the rest of the triumphant Daytrotter session / try to find the Hatchet 7"]


The first Concert a emporter video from last week's Blogotheque concert has the Kocani Orkestar playing their hearts out with Beirut's Zach Condon, thick in the throng of Parisians. If I was there I would have turned to leaves.

(photo above by Sara Padgett)

Posted by Sean at August 3, 2007 2:06 AM

Breathtaking. All of it.

Posted by Ashton at August 3, 2007 3:47 AM

Low sounds absolutely marvelous.

Posted by Jad at August 3, 2007 12:47 PM

oh man, i had that photo of Sara's as my desktop background for months...time to bring it back.

Posted by chris at August 3, 2007 3:24 PM

Don't know if you guys have ever seen it, but our friends in the group ROM used it for a 12" cover awhile ago...

Posted by adam at August 3, 2007 5:11 PM

I love love love the Optimimi version of Hatchet:

Posted by Scott Bateman at August 3, 2007 8:13 PM

i had not photo on desktop but i like this stuff too.

Posted by light at August 4, 2007 12:38 PM

I'm not sure why, but something about the way Low does "Breaker" here makes me think Neil Young & Crazy Horse should cover it.

Posted by 2fs at August 6, 2007 9:01 PM

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