We're excited to be returning to Bonnaroo this year!
February 14th, 2011 NPR STREAMING SMART FLESH
Hello readers and listeners,
One week to go! February 22nd, Smart Flesh will be released...
We have hand-stamped, signed, folded, stuffed, taped, S.W.A.K.ed and tethered to the feet of doves the first edition pre-orders from our apartment in Providence - and these missives sailing away from us as we type! Whomever finds the Silver Ticket, speak up! You are the big winner of a private tour of the Pasta Sauce Factory where we recorded...no joke.
That said, you don't have to wait. NPR is streaming the record in its entirety until release day in their "First Listen" section. That's at npr.org/music. It's all there. Making this record was such a surreal and unbound moment for us. We are extremely grateful to our ferociously genuine record labels Nonesuch and Bella Union for trusting us to self-produce in such unorthodox circumstance. For believing in our music.
Thanks ever to you and your smart smart flesh. We hope you enjoy it!
~Jeff and The Low Anthem
February 8th, 2011 REAGAN CENTENNIAL
Dear Ronald Reagan, President, protector, lover of freedom, poet of justice,
We were too young to know thee but swooned before your likeness in the glow of the silver screen. Thank you for telling all of us degenerates to get off our asses. This song goes out to you in loving memory.
- The Low Anthem
February 4th, 2011 SMART FLESH PRE-ORDER
Monday is the last day to order the Smart Flesh Packages that include a special album poster! It is also the last day to place pre-orders guaranteed to arrive by release day, February 22nd!
February 1, 2011 OPENERS ANNOUNCED - SMART FLESH TOURS
A great band called Bobby will be opening for us on the US album release tour. They sound like high and lonesome wolves on the windswept prairie awash in the icy glow of a digital moon, or something like that...and you can hear their music here.
In Canada our friends the Barr Brothers will be supporting us. These Providencers (former members of The Slip) have been friends and inspirators to our band since the start. You can hear their beautiful new album here.
Also joining us in the US will be our original band member and writer of "This God Damn House" Dan Lefkowitz. Since absconding to his Arkansas yurt three years hence, music has reinfected him driving him from his goddamn yurt and into our ragged studio where Jeff and I helped record eleven of his songs to be released later in the year.
This will be outrageous. See you soon all. What cheer!
January 28th, 2011 ROUNDHOUSE ON SALE TODAY!
Dear people of England,
We are very pleased to announced that - Queen Elizabeth Hall being sold out - we are adding another London show to the year's tour schedule! We will be playing at the storied Roundhouse on November 16! Tickets go on sale today HERE. Pinching ourselves in just partial belief, we thank you for your overwhelming support. We couldn't
be more excited to bring you this new record and songs. See you soon.
January 21st, 2011 JAZZFEST & CLEARWATER FESTIVALS
We're excited to announce our first two festival performances of the year. Firstly, we'll be playing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival this year (April 30th). It's an honor to be part of such a great and storied music festival, in one of the most famous music cities in the world!
Secondly, we'll be playing at Clearwater Festival, an annual folk music and environmental festival held on the Hudson River (June 18th). Pete Seeger will be there, so you know something good is going to happen. Come to one, or the other, or to both!
See you at the next show!
Love and frostbite,
January 19th, 2011 ON TOUR WITH IRON AND WINE
We're excited to announce that we'll be touring with Iron and Wine in April in the US! Check out our tour dates to see the where and whens. We're honored to tour with such a great band. It's going to be a blast!
If you haven't already, you can download the song here:
Thanks guys for the huge support. See you tomorrow in a peculiar way.
Love, Jeff, Ben, Jocie, Mat
January 11th, 2011 WNYC LIVE - TODAY
Happy New Year! We'll be LIVE on WNYC Soundcheck TODAY a little after 2PM EST. Tune in your radio dial to WNYC/New York (93.9fm or 820AM), WDET/Detroit (101.9fm), SIRIUS/XM Channel #133 or stream the show live on the web at WNYC.org. We'll be previewing a few songs off Smart Flesh and discussing such topics as, "the making of" and "where are we now."
January 11th, 2011 SUNDANCE
We're going to be wandering around the Sundance Film Festival on January 24th/25th. If you're around, come find us! If not, we'll let you know if we see any good films.
December 28, 2010 SMART FLESH PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE
Happy Holidays everyone,
Our new album Smart Flesh is now for sale. There are different versions. Letterpress printed. Beautiful packages. CD, vinyl, a 2-cd package with extra songs etc. We'll be mailing the packages out so that you receive them on release day - Feb 22nd!
Thank you in advance and finally, hear it is. (If you want the most basic, cheapest possible package, you can find that on our regular store page.)
See you in the new year!
love and snowflakes, LA
December 28th, 2010 FUNDRAISER AT CAT'S CRADLE TOMORROW WITH THE AVETT BROTHERS
We are pleased to announce we'll be joining our friends The Avett Brothers and Bombadil tomorrow for a "secret" fundraiser show at Cat's Cradle on the 29th. This show raises money for an orphanage and Carolina farmers.
You can read more about these excellent organizations at the links. A great bill. A great cause. See you soon. Tickets here.
December 13th, 2010 2011 SMART FLESH TOUR DATES + NEW YEARS WITH THE AVETT BROTHERS
Hey there folks,
We are very glad to announce that the first legs of our tour for Smart Flesh are now confirmed and ON SALE in the US and Europe. We've lined up the best clubs, churches, ballrooms, halls, theaters and art galleries that modest bribery can secure. These will be special shows. We're eager to bring the new songs, instruments, and all exotic sundries your way (west coast, Texas, desert, vast middle country: dates are imminent; Australia, Spain, Iceland, Russia, Prussia: you be patient now). We're working up something special for Rhode Island as well.
We also are excited to announce we will play one of the Avett Brothers' New Years shows on December 30th at the Asheville Civic Center. A few tickets are still available for that show here.
US SMART FLESH TOUR DATES
THU - February 24, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC - SIXTH & I HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE
FRI - February 25, 2011 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH
SAT - February 26, 2011 - PITTSBURGH, PA - BRILLOBOX
SUN - February 27, 2011 - CHARLESTON, WV - MOUNTAIN STAGE
MON- February 28, 2011 - CHICAGO, IL - LINCOLN HALL
TUES - March 1, 2011 - **
WED - March 2, 2011 - TORONTO - GREAT HALL
THU - March 3, 2011 - MONTREAL - SALA ROSA
FRI - March 4, 2011 - BOSTON, MA - OLD SOUTH CHURCH
SAT - March 5, 2011 - NORTH ADAMS, MA - MASS MOCA
SUN - March 6, 2011 - ***
MON - March 7, 2011 - PORTLAND, ME - SPACE GALLERY
**today we'll probably walk by a lake and feed crackers to a duck
***today we'll attempt to solve the vexing mind-body problem
UK and EUROPE SMART FLESH TOUR DATES
FRI - March 18, 2011 - PARIS - CAFE DE LA DANSE
SAT - March 19, 2011
SUN - March 20, 2011 - KOLN - STADTGARTEN
MON - March 21, 2011 - BERLIN - PASSIONSKIRCHE
TUES - March 22, 2011 - COPENHAGEN - LOPPEN
WED - March 23, 2011 - OSLO - JOHN DEE
THU - March 24, 2011 - GOTHENBURG - PUSTERVIKSBAREN
FRI - March 25, 2011 - HAMBURG - UBEL & GEFAHRLICH
SAT - March 26, 2011 - **
SUN - March 27, 2011 - VIENNA - FLEX
MON - March 28, 2011 - MILAN - LA SALUMERIA DELLA MUSICA
TUES - March 29, 2011
WED - March 30, 2011 - MUNICH - AMPERE
THU - March 31, 2011 - ZURICH - EL LOKAL
FRI - April 1, 2011 - ***
SAT - April 2, 2011
SUN - April 3, 2011 - BRUSSELS - AB
MON - April 4, 2011 - FRANKFURT - MOUSONTURM
TUES - April 5, 2011 - AMSTERDAM - PARADISO
WED - April 6, 2011 - ****
THU - April 7, 2011 - GLASGOW - ORAN MOR AUDITORIUM
FRI - April 8, 2011 - MANCHESTER - ST PHILLIPS CHURCH (SALFORD)
SAT - April 9, 2011
SUN - April 10, 2011 - DUBLIN - VICAR ST
MON - April 11, 2011 - LONDON - QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL
**today we'll eat a Hamburger
***today we'll observe sabbath... hua ha ha...black sabbath
****today we'll attend a coffeeshop
Information about all other tour dates, including a performance at The Wiltern with Iron and Wine, are posted here.
December 10th, 2010 GHOST WOMAN BLUES - PASTA SAUCE CUT
December 3rd, 2011 GHOST WOMAN BLUES - FREE DOWNLOAD
And a second bit of news today:
It feels funny to release a song out of the context of the full record, but in the interest of building a reservoir of good-will (and legitimate email addresses) we have decided to offer a free preview download of "Ghost Woman Blues," the lead track on Smart Flesh. This unflanked recording was done around only a few microphones in the frigid cold of the Pasta Sauce Factory. We hope you like it. Without further ado, a little piece of Smart Flesh.
(*if we already have your email, we won't newsletter you twice!)
Please help us out and spread the word by sharing the link on various networking sites. Or on your weblog. Or however your touch the digital hearts of you peers. We will be very very grateful!
Thanks everyone! Much more coming soon.
November 24th, 2010 BLACK FRIDAY SALE
Black Friday is upon us. Why get caught in a Walmart stampede when The Low Anthem webstore is offering unspeakable discounts. We have too much stuff. We are swimming in it. Stuff in the apartment, stuff in the van. Can't fit it? Stuff it in the closet. Stuff all around. Stuff enough that it's eating us out of house and home. Stuff enough that it's eating the moths that ate my vintage suit that the guy in Okemah said once belonged to Doc Holliday. Stuff rough enough to huff, puff and call your bluff. Tough, off the cuff stuff. Stuff, I address thee. "Go away now." People, I address thee. "Dress thee in sed addressed stuff, and go happily into your merry season."
We want our apartment back. Goodbye and happy shopping. Most things are discounted. Orders over blah blah blah will receive a sensual massage and a letter of recommendation to the college of your choosing.
November 15th, 2010 SMART FLESH
We are finally releasing a new record. It's been two years of reckless dream-chasing. We've scrapped and clawed that our small song not be destroyed in the machinery and noise of capitalism. At times mired in ugliness, but fumbling sometimes backwards into undreamt beauty. To you that have supported us all the way, we cannot thank you enough. You are fierce-hearted, underdogs and heroes to us.
"Smart Flesh" will be released on February 22nd, 2011. The story of the record will unfold in time. It was a wild ride. "Smart Flesh" is for you!!!!
See you soon, The Low Anthem
Ben, Jeff, Jocie, Mat
November 8th, 2010 THE WILTERN with IRON and WINE!
Hello from the tour van on our way to Harrisburg before our first stop on the Emmylou Harris tour tomorrow in Pittsburgh! We're excited to announce today that we will be playing with Iron & Wine in Los Angeles at The Wiltern on January 26th. We had the chance to play with them in the UK on our last tour and they used the pump organ on a few songs. Sam Beam joked on stage, "now we're going to use low anthem's pump organ. Show 'em how to use it right!" he's a funny guy and writes great songs.
Come see us together at the wiltern! Tickets go on sale on Friday, Nov 12th.
Thanks for about the funnest tour that a band can have. We're sorry we puked in three Scottish cities. We're sorry that our pet bark beetle escaped in northern germany. (If anyone finds him his name is Silky the Invasive Bark Beetle and he likes warm milk, cajun music and conifers.) Sorry about the no eye contact thing, Scandinavia. You're too beautiful. Belfast, we are just so so sorry. And England, we didn't know that burning money on stage was treason. We swear it wasn't your money. It wasn't your queen. Bless you all. We'll make right next time. Thanks for some of the best shows yet.
Dear USA. It's nice to be home to the familiar scent of diesel and coffee that doesn't taste like dessert. We'll be camped out in our studio in Providence these next weeks for the final session towards our new record. We really couldn't be more excited about it. And then we'll see you up and down the East on tour with Emmylou! We've missed you.
Europe tour pictures as documented by our intrepid TM, Matt Ruddy, are here.
See you down the winding path.
PS: What the Crow Brings is now available here on vinyl in jackets hand-silkscreened by our old friends at Devil's Rainbow!
August 27 2010 EMMYLOU HARRIS TOUR!!!
Greetings from Yorkshire County, England, home of Yorkshire pudding and the Yorky terrier. The tour is going well, we're having a blast trampsing through the ports of Scandinavia to the beaches in Italy.
We have ground-breaking, earth-shattering news to share with you--
This November, for ten shows throughout the northeast, and southeast US, we will be going on tour supporting one of the heroines of folk and country music, the great Emmylou Harris. It's going to be a memorable tour, and we wanted to let you to know first.
You can see the schedule and buy tickets for one of the Emmylou shows here
For now, we're off to Scotland for the next few days.
Ahoy! Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh!
See you at the shows, friends!
August 23rd, 2010 HELLO
We're in Grongingen, The Netherlands for show number thirteen of our European roust. We wish you could be here. It's been cheap wine and fair skies. Also a bit of tire slashing and debauchery, but it seems that's all in the job. Wherever you may be, we're eager to see you further down this road and sing some songs with you. Here's wishing you health and joy,
August 1st, 2010 NEWPORT FOLK FEST STREAMING ON NPR
NPR is streaming the band's Newport Folk Festival set from Saturday. They've also got The Swell Season posted - check out the last song when Ben, Jeff, Jocie, and Mat join in for a rendition of "The Auld Triangle." The whole festival was an incredible experience and we can't wait to go back next year!
July 15th, 2010 FUNDRAISER FOR DAVID SEGAL on JULY 19th at FIREHOUSE 13!
May 6th, 2010 PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC POLL - VOTING ENDS MAY 7TH!
May 4th, 2010 MOJO HONOURS
The band is nominated for Breakthrough Act on the Mojo Honours List! You can vote here if you live in the UK and are so inclined. Thanks!
April 14th, 2010 LUPO'S SHOW WILL BE FREE with DONATIONS TO BENEFIT RI FLOOD RECOVERY
Our tour was way out west when we heard about the flooding. It was a dry but helpless feeling to be so far away. Mat's mother's had the idea I think to turn Lupo's into a benefit show. A good idea! People can donate if they like or just come into Lupo's for free, which is pretty unusual. We are excited to come back home for the show, and also hopeful for the dryness of the gear in our basement.
-Ben Knox Miller
Fellow Providence bands Tallahassee and The 'Mericans will join the band when they return home to play Lupo's next Wednesday, April 21st. The price of admission for the night will now simply be "donate what you wish," with proceeds going to the
United Way's Rhode Island Flood Recovery Fund. If you have already purchased tickets and would like to be refunded, they will be refunded at point of purchse. You can also waive your refund and the money will go straight to the fund.
Please come out for a night of Providence music to benefit a Rhode Island cause.
March 30th, 2010 HEALTHCARE
Paste is featuring musician's responses to the healthcare bill here. Ben wrote the following:
"I've been following this debate with unhealthy obsession. It's a common-sense bill that protects basic human dignities. I am incensed with the scared republican obstructionists that have been fomenting idiocy rather than participating in building this landmark legislation. Shame on the media for lending credibility to their pathetic antics. Thankfully, they are on the wrong side of history. Kudos to Obama and Pelosi for sticking their necks out."
March 28th, 2010 RIP WOXY
Today is Sunday and if you just tuned in to catch Trala-Lala you probably found out the bad news. WOXY, host and friend to the band and Trala, has been discontinued owing to the bankruptcy of their parent company. It's a damn shame as they were doing quite well and listenership had been on the rise. They were one of just a handful of powerful independent voices that had survived radio's general demise, but for the foreseeable future, they are off the air. We'll let you know if they find a new home. Trala-Lala is also without a home now, but we will be back certainly. Wait for news on that. It's a shame.
March 25th, 2010 KCRW MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC
The band will perform for the first time on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic today at 11:15AM PST. You can stream the live performance here!
March 23rd, 2010 7"
A new "Charlie Darwin" 7" will be hitting your local record store and the internet today with previously unreleased b-sides "Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From" and "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around" (staples from the live show). You can also pick them up from the band at any of the upcoming shows across the country.
March 23d, 2010 NEWPORT FOLK....AGAIN!
The band is thrilled to be returning to Newport Folk for a 2nd year in a row to play the MAIN STAGE on John Prine Day! If you want to buy pre-sale tickets at a steep discount, you can get them with our promo code - ANTHEM - here until this Friday, March 26th when tickets go onsale to the rest of the world.
March 16th, 2010 SXSW!
The band will return to Austin for SXSW again this year! You can catch them here....
Thursday, March 18th
4PM - Paste Party
- Galaxy Room (508 E 6th Street) RSVP pastemagazine.com/sxsw10
Professor Longhair – Tipitina The Band – I Shall Be Released Bon Iver – Flume Patrick Watson – The Great Escape Odetta – Ain’t No Grave This Leo Sunrise – Hands The Beatles – Because Fleet Foxes – Mykonos South China – Escape Daniel Johnston – Some Things Last a Long Time Elvis Perkins – Good Friday Talking Heads – Heaven The Beach Boys – Add Some Music to Your Day Joel Thibodeau – Squa Pan (live) Joel Thibodeau – Don’t Laugh (live) Sigur Ros – Untitled 1
March 5th, 2010 The Trala-Lala Radio Hour: Being and Nothingness
You can listen WOXY. Professor Longhair – Tipitina (opening theme) Blind Willie Johnson – The Soul of a Man Bert Jansch – Blackwater Side Nathan Moore – Tombstone Leonard Cohen – Heart With No Companion The Accident That Led Me To The World – Hole of Doubt Michael Hurley – Ghost Woman Blues Chris Smither – Origin of Species My Morning Jacket – Golden Bob Dylan – It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) Joe Pug – Hymn #101 Gillian Welch – I’m Not Afraid to Die Red Allen – Are You Afraid to Die? Pearls Before Swine- Another Time Twain – I’ll Be Fooled Again (live) Twain – Take Another One (live) Nick Drake – Things Behind The Sun
February 25th, 2010 THE PROVIDENCE PHOENIX
Check out this week's Providence Phoenix for Chris Conti's great story on the making of the new record in The Pasta Sauce Factory. Headlining show back in Providence at LUPO's on April 21st!!
February 25th, 2010 THE TOUR HAS LAUNCHED
How's it going y'all?
Things are good here. We've a few days to catch our breath and finish tracking at the Pasta Sauce Factory. It's sad to pack it up, but nothing's permanent, right? But we should have a great record and some ridiculous videos to remember it by. We're making plans to get it mixed at the moment.
Our first ever national headline tour kicked off on Tuesday in the most logical place, Pittsburgh. We also did our first of ten shows opening for The Avett Brothers last night in Ohio - these shows are going to be really fun. But THEN we do our first lap of the US and Canada as a headliner, which is pretty exciting. It's been a long time and a lot of work but we're glad it's finally here. We'll also be touring with some great bands: Lissie and Annie and the Beekeepers on the east coat, Timbre Timbre and The Barr Brothers in the west, and Nathaniel Rateliff in the middle west and Timber TImbre back in the northeast.
AND OF COURSE...
We're excited to continue our Tra-La La-La Radio Hour on WOXY.com with special guests performing for us every week in the tour van or wherever else we happen to be recording. The theme for every upcoming week's show will be posted on twitter and facebook every Thursday previous. Feel free to suggest any songs that you think would fit the theme! Participate!
WHICH LEADS ME TO THIS....
If anyone wants to help out by postering and getting the word out in your city, this being our our first ever headlining tour in the US and Canada, we could use your help. If you'd like to, please email email@example.com and a fairy godmother will visit you at night and give you her blessings.
THAT'S ALL FOLKS!
See you at the shows.
Love as always,
Jeff, Ben, Jocie, Mat
February 14th, 2010 TRALA-LALA RADIO HOUR: WHISKEY & GOD + BROWN BIRD BONUS TRACK!
We had a lovely trip to Europe with our buddies from Brown Bird. They played beautifully every night and gave us a private show in the bus for this weeks Trala-Lala radio hour! Here's the bonus track!
The rest of the show, Whiskey & God can be found over at WOXY.com. Here's the tracklist:
Professor Longhair - Tipitina
Roscoe Holcomb - Moonshiner
The Stanley Brothers - Mountain Dew
The Felice Brothers - Whiskey In My Whiskey
Hank Williams - Calling You
Willie Nelson - Whiskey River
Johnny Cash - Down There By The Train
Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry - People Get Ready
A.A. Bondy - Rapture (Sweet Rapture)
Little Esther - Aged and Mellow
The Pogues - The Sickbed of Cuchulainn
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - O Children
The Devil Makes Three - Old Number Seven
Brown Bird - Down To The River (live)
Brown Bird - Sickle and Hood (live)
Arlo Guthrie - Last Train
February 9th, 2010 TRALA-LALA RADIO HOUR: THE BULLY PULPIT
WOXY is now streaming the world second episode of the Trala-Lala Radio Hour, The Bully Pulpit.
John Prine - Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Any More
Randy Newman - Sail Away
Neil Young - Alabama
Pearls Before Swine - Uncle John
Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land
Billy Bragg - There is Power in a Union
Wilco - Ashes of American Flags
Guthrie / Bragg/ Wilco - The Unwelcome Guest (Mermaid Avenue)
Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
Jimi Hendrix - Machinegun
Joe Pug - Nation of Heat
Bob Dylan - With God On Our Side
Bob Dylan - Arthur McBride
Ben Pilgram - Just a Kid
Ben Pilgram - The Ones Who Have to Die
Jackson C. Frank - Don't Look Back
February TRALA-LALA RADIO HOUR: RAMBLERS AND BROKEN HOMES
WOXY is now streaming the world permiere Trala-Lala Radio Hour. The first episode, Ramblers and Broken Homes, features the following music:
Professor Longhair, Tipitina
John Prine, The Hobo Song
Jackson C. Frank, Blues Run the Game
Bob Dylan, I Threw It All Away
Captain Beefheart, Yellow Brick Road
Gram Parsons, Return of The Grievous Angel
Leonard Cohen, Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Wabash Cannonball
Nathan Moore, Travelin' On
Led Zeppelin, Going to California
Mississippi John Hurt, Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor
Woody Guthrie, More Pretty Girls Than One
Lucinda Williams, Jackson
Joe Fletcher, My Idea (live)
Joe Fletcher, Sentimental Jury (live)
Tom Waits, Anywhere I Lay My Head
January 30th, 2010 UNCUT
A note from Ben:
Linked here you'll find an amazing feature on the band just published in Uncut Magazine. The story Jaan Uhelszki put together rings with some of the highest artistic praise we could ever dream of, including bits from her conversation with Bruce Springsteen. However, in its mixed fixation on me, Chairman Miller, the article doesn't properly credit the sweat and tears, and the irreplaceable vision and direction of my friends Jeff and Jocie. We toiled in that darkness and confusion together - three of us madly focused. Without those two, OMG,CD could never have been conceived in a million years. That's how we work. That's our ethics. The article gets carried away with me and clouds or ignores their amazing contributions to what we are attempting. Nonetheless, it's an amazing article and an interesting portrait. My head spins to think that this little record was just an unknown home-recording 16 months ago.
-Ben Knox Miller
January 27th, 2010 EUROPEAN TOUR STARTS TONIGHT
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today we begin our final tour of the UK and Europe for quite a while. As the tour begins we find ourselves in a moment of transition - transition between OMG,CD which has become quite familiar, and a vast amount of newly recorded material that remains open and illusive to us live. Transition also between our familiar trio sound to quartet arrangements with our new fourth. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist, and we're searching for new sounds to bring the songs to their fullest. The tour also brings the exciting challenge of the largest rooms we have ever headlined. It will be a trip of surprises for us and for you. It will be our fifth and final trip to the UK and Europe behind our release OMG,CD. It's been a wild year and great joy to play for you. Come join us one last time for new sounds, and old sounds - for these bittersweet euphoric ramblings. Tickets to a lot of the shows are still available. See here.
See you soon.
B, J, J, M, the LA
January 20th, 2010 TINY DESK CONCERT
The band stopped by Bob Boilen's desk for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert back in November. Here it is:
January 19th, 2010 LETTERMAN
January 19th, 2010 RECORDING UPDATE: BAFFLE BALL
Busy at work...
January 16th, 2010 AMERICAN MUSTACHE INSTITUTE AWARDS HONORS JEFF'S MOUTH BROW
"As certified mustacheologists, AMI’s top honors go to Jeff Prystowsky of Rhose Island’s “The Low Anthem,” with his noble, no-nonsense mouth brow shining like a beacon of freedom to all of the music industry."
January 14th, 2010 TONIGHT
January 12th, 2010 US HEADLINE TOUR
Tickets go on sale this week for our first ever US headline tour! Yes, after the upcoming great midwest traverse with The Avett Brothers, we'll wend our way across all the vast country. We've done a ton of opening slots this past year to get to this point, and finally we'll be going out on our own steam. Full length sets. Real sound checks. The works! Thank YOU for making that possible. If anybody wants to help out with local promotions for these shows please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! The route and ticket links are here! here! Some shows will sell out so get your tickets now!
January 11th, 2010 LETTERMAN
We'll be leaving our dear Pasta Sauce Factory for a few days to play the Late Show with Dave Letterman this Thursday night. Fire up your VCRs and TeVos! We're on Thursday, January 14, on CBS, at 11:30 pm EST!
January 6th, 2010 WOXY: TRALA-LALA RADIO HOUR TO PREMIERE JANUARY 31ST
Long before Low Anthem, Jeff and I used to DJ the graveyard shift on WBRU (Providence, RI). So, starting on January 31, we're going to be doing a weekly program on
It'll be fun to revisit. We're calling it Trala-Lala Radio Hour and here's the idea: we're going to tape our shows from the tour van or wherever we may be traveling. Every week will feature a different theme based on God knows what and we'll have "in studio" performances from guest artists if we can find any musicians who are cool enough to record live in a Ford Econoline...
The show will premiere on January 31st and air every Sunday morning 10AM EST/9AM CST and again every Monday evening at 8PM EST/7PM CST on
January 5th, 2010 RECORDING UPDATE: SCENES FROM THE PASTA SAUCE FACTORY
December 31st, 2009 STUDIO UPDATE: THE INCIDENT WITH THE BAT AND "GHOST WOMAN BLUES"
Just in time for the New Year, here's another update from the Pasta Sauce Factory!
December 21st, 2009 OUR NEW HOME!
We promised updates on our recording process and here's the first one! With the help of our friends at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, we were fortunate enough to find an abandoned pasta sauce factory in Central Falls. We are on our way to making it a home for beautiful music. more to come....
here it is
December 16th, 2009 FROM BEN: PASTA SAUCE, GRATITUDE AND WINTER MIRTH
Hi Friends, this is Ben.
I've just landed back in Providence after our last show of 2009. After 16
months of touring, it is damn fine to be home where the Gansett Lager flows
like nectar, and the music rattles my brain. It's been a wild year and we can't
thank you enough for being a part of it. You have appeared in dirty dives and
ancient churches alike across the land for the divining of spirits and the
surrection of tried magic. It's been great fun. Frankly we're dumbfuddled
over some of the moments we've shared with you. And of course there've been
some graceless moments as well. Por exemplo, here we are at Austin City Limits
in the bottom of a murky abyss of fatigue and cynicism:
Yes, so anyhow. Though we're very proud of "Oh My God...," we do confess
that after a two-years rolling release we've had some of the Darwin beaten
out of us. We're wired to move on. And there's a plan for that. We'll keep
you abreast of its unfolding, but it all begins today when we take a tour of
a derelict and abandoned pasta sauce factory in Central Falls that may play
home to our new recording project. Yep, there is a new record coming. We have
been itching to make it for a years now, but with touring, needy reptiles and
Jeff's single A baseball schedule, it hasn't been easy. But now we're home
for the cold months and we couldn't be more excited to get to it. We'll be
updating y'all regularly on the website and such.
And right, another thing I should mention. Starting a few weeks ago, we've
taken a new friend into the project. We know, we know. We said we'd always
stay true to our post-dirge-metal power-trio vision. And yes, it's true, the
triangle is the most stable energy stucture, but you must see this little
man sing and dance before you start burning your flags. He's an old friend by
the name Mat Davidson, and he plays everything from accordian to musical saw to
anything that can be plucked, strucked, tickled, flossed, blown or belowed.
So before you start firing off hatemail to his home address (28 Cherry Pike /
Roanoke, VA 24001) give the new guy a chance. He's pictured here:
And oh yes, one more thing. Starting in January, we're going to be doing a
weekly radio hour on a station called WOXY based out of Austin, TX. Long
before Low Anthem, Jeff and I used to DJ the graveyard shift on WBRU. It'll
be fun to revisit. We're still open to zippy suggestions but as of now we're
calling it Trala-Lala Radio Hour and here's the idea. We're going to tape
our shows from the tour van or wherever we may be traveling. Every week will
feature a different theme based on God knows what and we'll have "in studio"
performances from guest artists if we can find any musicians who are cool
enough to record live in a Ford Econoline. Anyhow, more news on that soon to
We wish you all a mirthful winter and new year. We'll be sending word from the
pasta sauce factory. We love you all very much,
Ben Knox Miller
December 16th, 2009 BROWN BIRD ON WINTER EUROPE TOUR!
Oh, hi there! This is Jocie. Yeah, Jocie! Jocie from The Low Anthem. How are you? Oh, I'm fine thanks.
Some good news. Our Providence buddies Brown Bird, will be joining us on our European tour and are raising funds to help make the trip financially possible. If you know these guys and want to lend a hand there is a button to donate on their website. If you have not yet heard their great tunes
I highly recommend a listen.
December 1st, 2009 JOSH RITTER MINI-TOUR KICKS OFF TONIGHT!
4 nights with the wonderful Josh Ritter will begin this evening at the 9:30 Club in DC. Tickets for the next three nights in Philly, Northampton, MA and Burlington are still available, links on the
November 28th, 2009 TONIGHT IN HOLLAND - 2 METER SESSIONS
The band recently recorded a 2 Meter Session while at the Crossing Border Festival in the Hague and it will air tonight at 22:00hr on channel Het Gesprek. There will be 45 minutes with the band including an interview and exclusive performance. Check here for more information.
November 25th, 2009 OMGCD IS UNCUT'S AMERICANA ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
Thanks, Uncut! We quite fancy you as well.
November 23d, 2009 OH MY GOD, CHARLIE DARWIN IS ROUGH TRADE'S #2 ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Thanks Rough Trade! You can get a special edition of the disc from them now.
November 18th, 2009 TV DEBUT ON LATER...WITH JOOLS HOLLAND! AND TONIGHT ON CHANNEL 4, TOO...
The band taped their TV debut last night for LATER...with Jools Holland! Check out a preview performance of "Charlie Darwin" here and tune in on Friday for the show at 11:45 on BBC 2 when the band's performance of "To Ohio" will be aired along with The Decemberists, David Gray and more.
For more Low Anthem on TV, tune into Channel 4 tonight at 1:15AM for a special documentary on the band with footage from their Union Chapel performance in June.
November 17th, 2009 BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS
The band is nominated for 3 Boston Music Awards this year! Please help out by voting in the Best Band, Best Song and Best Album categories here.
November 16th, 2009 SPINNER and MAGNET VIDEO OF THE DAY
SPINNER and MAGNET both chose the "Charlie Darwin" video as their video of the day!
November 9th, 2009 TOURING WITH THE AVETT BROTHERS!
The band will play 10 dates with the fantastic AVETT BROTHERS in February and March before setting out on a US Headlining tour. Stay tuned for more details and grab tickets for the Avett Brothers shows now as those dates are sure to SELL OUT fast!
November 4th, 2009 SERVE4
World Hunger Year and Hard Rock Cafe partner every year to release a compilation of rare and live music to benefit World Hunger Year, an organization which fights poverty and hunger around the world. The Low Anthem contributed a previously unreleased acoustic demo version of "Home I'll Never Be" to
SERVE4, which also includes music by Elvis Costello & Allan Toussant, John Lennon and many more. You can buy it here, all proceeds directly benefit WHY.
November 5th, 2009 LOW ANTHEM GUEST DJ AT WOXY
The band got back in touch with their radio roots guest deejaying for WOXY radio in Austin, TX. It's streaming here.
November 2nd, 2009 FUV HOLIDAY CHEER SHOW WITH ROSANNE CASH
We are excited to announce the band will play the annual FUV Holiday Cheer Show on December 8th with Rosanne Cash and Mike Doughty. The pre-sale starts today and you can buy tickets using the password CHEER.
October 26th, 2009 OH MY GOD, CHARLIE DARWIN MAKES UNCUT'S 2009 MUSIC AWARD SHORTLIST
Uncut Magazine announced the 8 albums on the shortlist for their 2009 Music Award for the "most inspiring and rewarding musical experience" of the past year. Oh My God, Charlie Darwin is in the company of some incredible music, including albums by Bob Dylan, Wilco, Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear and more.
October 22nd, 2009 ANIMATED
Simon Taffe and Glenn Taunton, the masterminds behind the End of The Road Festival and End of The Road Records, co-created a stop-motion animated video for "Charlie Darwin." It premiered today on Stereogum. Enjoy!
October 20th, 2009 KEXP SESSION AIRS TOMORROW
The band recently stopped by famed Seattle station KEXP to record a 4 song session with DJ El Toro. It airs tomorrow night, Wednesday, at 9PM PST on KEXP.org worldwide and 90.3FM in Seattle.
Uncut has released their longlist of albums in the running for the prize to reward the "most inspiring and rewarding musical experience" of the past year. "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin" appears on this list as well as the albums of many well respected artists including Bob Dylan!
September 30th, 2009 RADCLIFFE AND MACONIE TONIGHT
Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC 2
The band plays Radcliffe and Maconie tonight on BBC Radio 2 at 8PM GMT! On this night, they will play the last song on their September 2009 European tour.
September 30th, 2009 SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE ONSALE TODAY
The band will play their largest headline show to date on February 11th, 2010 in London at Shepherd's Bush Empire, onsale today here.
September 21st, 2009 JOIN THE MAILING LIST - GET A FREE SONG!
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September 3, 2009 TOUR KICKS OFF TONIGHT! SURPRISE LONDON SHOW ADDED AT HOXTON HALL AFTER THE TABERNACLE SELLS OUT
The band kicks off a month of European touring tonight in Dublin just as their shows in Manchester, Newcastle and London sell out. BUT, the good news is we have just added a special surprise show at the intimate and beautiful Hoxton Hall in London for September 27th. There are less than 100 tickets so get yours now here! End of the Road will present the evening, which will begin with a preview of the video they are making for "Charlie Darwin." See you on the road - head to the tour page for advance tickets!
August 29, 2009 THE REAPPEARANCE OF DAN LEFKOWITZ
Lefkowitz, a founding member of The Low Anthem, will resurface from his Arkansas yurt for a trip to Europe with the band. Welcome back, Dan! Hip Hip Hooray!
August 29, 2009 NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED - THIS SUNDAY!
Guy Raz, host of "All Things Considered"
Very exciting news - the band just completed an interview and song at NPR headquarters in DC which will air on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED this SUNDAY! Tune in to your local station to check it out or listen at npr.org!
August 27, 2009 HER MAJESTY
The new issue of MOJO, on stands today, includes a FREE CD called "Abbey Road NOW!" We recorded our take on "Her Majesty" last month in Amsterdam and it closes the record.
August 14th, 2009 FALL TOUR ANNOUNCED! WEST COAST DATES!
We are very excited to announce a Fall Tour with a great Portland band called Blind Pilot. In addition to kicking off the run with a special show at The Avon in Providence on October 15th, we will finally get out to the west coast! Sorry it has taken this long. Check out the complete dates on the tour page and get your tickets for The Avon show at our store or at the box office!
August 4th, 2009 TOUR KICKS OFF TODAY! SHOWS WITH JOE PUG, LANGHORNE SLIM AND SURPRISE ME MR. DAVIS
We're excited to be starting a mini-tour today that will include dates with some artists we really love - Joe Pug,Langhorne Slim, and Surprise Me Mr. Davis. Check the tour page for dates and links to tickets. Hope to see you on the road!
Surprise Me Mr. Davis
Aug 2nd, 2009 NEWPORT FOLK SET STREAMING AT NPR
It was an inspiring weekend! NPR has our set streaming
here and Projo's commentary is
and we sang with Mr. Seeger!
July 31, 2009 NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL IS TOMORROW!
We are excited and honored to be playing Newport Folk Festival tomorrow! We play at 2PM on the Water Side Stage. Check out NPR's preview here.
July 27th, 2009 WORD X WORD
... a celebration of the performed word. We are kicking off the WXW festival in Pittsfield, MA. Word X Word will be a week of poets, authors, songwriters playwrights and comedians. August 17-22 2009. Tickets
July 17th, 2009 OTTAWA BLUESFEST TOMORROW!
We will be in Ottawa tomorrow to play the Ottawa Bluesfest. Our set is 3:30PM at the Subway Stage. We love Canada and will come back soon!
July 7th, 2009 NPR LOVE: CHARLIE DARWIN IS BOB BOILEN's FAVORITE SONG OF THE YEAR and TO OHIO ON ROADTRIP PLAYLIST
NPR's Bob Boilen has chosen "Charlie Darwin" as his favorite song of the year so far! You can listen here. Tom Moon also chose "To Ohio" as one of the best songs for summer road trips on NPR, posted here!
You can NOMINATE and VOTE for the band for your favorite music of the year, too!
June 30th, 2009 OH MY GOD, CHARLIE DARWIN IS OUT IN THE UK! SINGLE OF THE WEEK ON ITUNES UK!
June 25th, 2009 ROUGH TRADE EAST IN-STORE TODAY AND A LOT OF RADIO!
Today the band will play an in-store performance at Rough Trade East - our earliest supporters in the UK. Come early to get your wristbands at 6PM (first come, first serve), doors at 7.
They will also visit 6 Music for a session with George Lamb this morning at 11:40AM and an interview later with Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 where "To Ohio" has just been B Listed! That interview is at 4:30PM. After the Rough Trade In-Store, XFM will host the band at 11:30PM for two stripped down songs before we hop on the bus for the drive to Glastonbury!
June 22nd, 2009 UNION CHAPEL TOMORROW!!
The UK album launch for Oh My God, Charlie Darwin will happen tomorrow at UNION CHAPEL! Tickets are still available HERE and at the door!
June 19th, 2009 Daytrotter Session, Baebel's Guest Apartment, and Time Out New York
Here are a couple of fun recordings that have just been posted around the internets.
June 15th, 2009 NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC'S PICK! BOWERY SHOW IS TONIGHT!
Jon Pareles featured Oh My God, Charlie Darwin as a New York Times Critic's Pick in today's paper, writing, "...its music inhabits its own otherworldly place, where ghosts and angels hover just out of view."
In other exciting news, the band plays their first headlining appearance at New York's Bowery Ballroom in celebration of the Nonesuch release of the album. Tickets are still available here and at the door. Anais Mitchell and Cory Chisel will open a joyful night of music. Doors at 7PM.
June 10th, 2009 BONNAROO IS ALMOST HERE!
The Low Anthem will hit Manchester, TN tomorrow for their first appearance at Bonnaroo! Here is the schedule:
Thursday @ 10PM -- THAT TENT
Friday @ 1:30PM - Sonic Stage
AT&T Music will stream a webcast of the Thursday performance on Friday, June 12th at 4:00pm central exclusively at AT&T Music.
June 9th, 2009 PASTE: OMGCD IS "GORGEOUS CHAMBER FOLK"
Paste delivered a rave review of Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, giving the album a score of 90 and writing: "Whether soft or loud, these 12 songs are exquisite. The band says it labored over every instrumental addition, testing and discarding dozens of combinations. Maybe The Low Anthem should go easy on Charlie after all. It sounds like only the best version of each song survived."
June 9th, 2009 HAPPY RELEASE DAY! OH MY GOD, CHARLIE DARWIN IS OUT IN NORTH AMERICA!
The updated version of Oh My God, Charlie Darwin is now available everywhere music is sold. For example, here on our website. And at iTunes and Amazon. Happy listening, again.
June 8th, 2009 CHARLIE DARWIN ON ALL SONGS CONSIDERED
Check out Bob Boilen playing Charlie Darwin on All Songs Considered here! Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, the new version, will be available everywhere you might find music TOMORROW. Bowery Ballroom June 15th! Brattle Theatre June 18th!
June 5th, 2009 PROVIDENCE PHOENIX 2009 NOMINATIONS!
We've just been nominated in our hometown Providence Phoenix as "Best National Local," "Best Album," and "Best Song!!" Thanks, Providence! Please vote here!
June 5th, 2009 UNCUT ALBUM OF THE MONTH AND MOJO FEATURE!!!
Exciting news tumbling out of the UK! Check out reviews by both Mojo and Uncut.
June 2nd, 2009 OH MY GOD CHARLIE DARWIN A WEEK FROM TODAY! BOWERY AND BRATTLE IN TWO WEEKS! NEW SHOWS ADDED!
Big headlines. The Nonesuch re-release of Oh My God, Charlie Darwin comes out next week on June 9th. It has a new package, has been remastered by Bob Ludwig and is re-sequenced as well. We are very excited about it! The Bowery and Brattle shows in NYC and Cambridge are also coming up in 2 weeks so hope to see you there! Finally, we've just added a bunch of dates in August with Joe Pug and Langhorne Slim - check out the tour page for those.
May 29 2009 EUROPE IS THE NEW BROOKLYN
Thanks to all who caught shows in London, Brighton, Paris, and Amsterdam. We had a bloody wonderful time hanging out with you blokes and blokettes. Can't wait for the CD Launch in June. Speaking of Launch, check out the news stands. Big review in Mojo, Q and 'Album of the Month' in Uncut. woah. See you in the beautiful beautiful church - June 23d. Au Revoir! Vaarwel! So long!
Jeff, Jocie, Ben