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+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
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+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
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+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
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As the last two minutes of "John Prine" play out, with Low's three members trading the sombre call-and-response "sha-la-la-la-la" like they're reciting scripture, their words echoing into the desolate oblivion of that silence that swallows such silly syllables, I have no doubt Low are the great pop band they claim to be; such a simple phonetic phrase makes my heart go dum-dum-ditty-boom-boom. Of course, this is Low, so lyrics like "sha-la-la-la-la" take on much meaning, either through interpretation or irony. But the reason they stand out is because, well, the last two minutes of "John Prine" are, without hyperbole, some of the greatest sound that's ever been committed to tape. And, well, then, two tracks later, Low deliver a tune called "La La La Song," which delivers an almost R.E.M.-like, McGuinn-guitar-reverent refrain "la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la, etc." Which doesn't make for enlightening reading in this context, I realize. But, it's fascinating when it comes from this band, a trio of self-deprecating Mormons from Minnesota who make music most often described as glacial, with brutal and beautiful close behind. It's fascinating that Low, known for playing really slow and really quiet, have, at least in some moments, become concerned with the inanities of pop music. And even more fascinating that it isn't some incongruity, or paradox, or some cheap stroke of kitschy irony. In this context, such syllables can carry great weight. I mean, is "sha-la-la-la-la" any more meaningless than "she rides on coattails," the mantra that drummer Mimi Parker sang over and over and over to so much effect on what is still this trio's best record — 1996's The Curtain Hits the Cast? And, for that matter, is it any more meaningless than all those bizarre lyrics guitarist Alan Sparhawk put forth on "Dinosaur Act," the single from their last album, 2001's Things We Lost in the Fire? The end result, when contemplating such matters, is a conclusion that is pretty fucking obvious anyway: Low could sing your shopping list and make it sound romantic. They could sing a George W. Bush address and make it sound convincing. They could sing a nursery rhyme and make it sound like a hymn. Sparhawk and Parker, husband and wife, have spent the last decade singing together, holding notes for so long that anyone trying to sing along turns blue in the face, singing in some kind of harmony not heard since, like, The Carpenters, or Simon & Garfunkel, or something. And, just as pets and owners begin to look alike, over all these years, over six albums and so many scattered singles that it's hard to keep up, their voices have started to sound more and more like each other, blending together in a pop-song craft so pure and spiritual and free from fashion that you still don't know how to describe it. Perhaps one needs to take cues from Low, who now know the meaninglessness of words in relation to music. Sha-la-la-la-la. Sha-la-la-la-la.

by Anthony Carew

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