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Nothing But Heart: Alan Sparhawk of Low's Favourite Albums
Dale Berning , March 29th, 2012 07:13

Low and Retribution Gospel Choir play in the UK next week. In advance of a full interview on the Quietus next week, frontman Alan Sparhawk spoke to Dale Berning about his thirteen favourite albums

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I remember first hearing this at a used clothing store where a friend of mine worked in town, and just being like “What the hell is this? This is so good.” I got it on cassette and listened to it in my truck over and over and over again. I love her. She’s one of the greats. If you were to pick three or five of the most respectable, serious, focused musicians with great integrity, she’d be up there with Neil Young – she's a great example of an artist really committing to it and trying to make something good. Bjork is another one. I guess I picked that record because it’s the first one I heard, but everything she’s done since I’ve always loved. Around the time she made Rid Of Me, she did these four-track sessions. It’s like Diamanda Galás disturbing, really raw, just her singing and wailing and guitar. Rid Of Me is hard edge, raw – one of the great Albini records, but that four-track shit is challenging and intense.


D
Mar 29, 2012 11:47am

Thunder Bay is not in Winnipeg. Winnipeg is in Manitoba. TB is in Ontario. Neil Young never lived in TB.

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luke
Mar 29, 2012 1:37pm

Uninspired choices from a member of a pretty uninspired band.

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5
Mar 29, 2012 2:10pm

In reply to luke:

uninspired comment from an uninspired commeneter. Low are an amazing band, and these are all excellent choices, especially Faith. one correction: it's Seventeen Seconds, not Seventy Seconds.

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drew
Mar 29, 2012 2:46pm

glad that Faith finally gets some recognition,as I think it stands out as a very coherent,bleak and influential album.

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Dan B
Mar 29, 2012 4:34pm

I love that this could also be the top 13 of the dude from Wolfmother, but what Sparhawk and that dude have taken from them sent them in completely different directions. Music is awesome, guys.

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Jeff
Mar 29, 2012 4:45pm

Superb and brilliant list, and one of the better ones I've seen on TQ. Enormously fond of the Bunny Wailer inclusion, especially- well played, indeed. Great list, great band, great new record.

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Rooksby
Mar 30, 2012 9:52am

In reply to luke:

If it's "uninspired" it's because he's being honest about his choices, rather than calculating (i.e. "I first heard Tago Mago when I was 8 years old & hanging out at Sex with Jordan ", etc).

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Mar 30, 2012 4:32pm

Yeah, we forgive Jamaicans for the god crap because they were slaves and we destroyed their culture, if you are white and mention god YOU are a destroyer of culture.

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Paul S
Apr 22, 2012 6:42am

In reply to Dan B:

No offence, but I'd be amazed if such records were picked by Wolfmother, considering they're derivative crap (ie, a top ten full of Sabbath and Led Zep).

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Mark Crane
Mar 31, 2013 4:39pm

In reply to luke:

See them in concert. Amazing.

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James Hutcheson
Jun 29, 2013 2:00pm

Yep . . .

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