With its 10th album on the way for its 20th anniversary year, Low is getting busy. The Duluth trio dropped the official first single from the Jeff Tweedy-produced record today, two months ahead of its March 19 release on Sub Pop. Titled “Just Make It Stop,” the repetitive and crescendoing number features drummer Mimi Parker on lead vocals, as do several other songs on the album, “The Invisible Way.” You can hear the new single below.
Meanwhile, singer/guitarist Alan Sparhawk took to the 89.3 the Current airwaves this morning to announce the band’s March 23 show at St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater as another installment of “The Current Sessions.” The $27 general-admission tickets go on sale today at noon for Minnesota Public Radio members and then at noon Friday for everyone else via the Fitzgerald box office or 651-290-1200. Members of Trampled by Turtles, who recruited Sparhawk to play with them on the pilot episode of TPT’s “Lowertown Line,” have promised to join Low at the Fitz.
Talking to the Current by phone from Duluth, Sparhawk discussed the benefits of making the new record with a fellow singer/songwriter at Tweedy’s own studio in Chicago: “Jeff literally walked around to different guitars and said, ‘Try this. Try this,’” he said. Oddly, he also mentioned that a few of the songs refer to, shall we say, bathroom breaks. “I was actually going to call the album ‘Your in Nation,’” he said (I'm guessing on the exact spelling), which temporarily left the morning-show hosts speechless. Here's hoping the record has the same effect.