※ Remembering Low’s Mimi Parker With 6 Essential Tracks | Pitchfork

Remembering Low’s Mimi Parker With 6 Essential Tracks | Pitchfork:

Mimi Parker spent nearly 30 years in Low alongside her husband, Alan Sparhawk, anchoring the indie rock institution with her spacious drumming and plaintive soprano. She called on her training as a snare player in her junior high school band to come up with a sparse kit and minimalist style: Parker would perform standing upright behind a carefully arranged tom, snare and cymbals, using padded mallets and soft brushes to create gently pulsing, patient rhythms that served as a counterpoint to Sparhawk’s more anarchic guitar playing. As a vocalist, she sang as if she were a member of a larger church chorus, even when she was on lead. Her delivery was as unwavering and understated as her rhythms, offered with the tenderness of someone who might sing you to sleep—even when the music around her was more apt to score a waking nightmare.

In the earliest years of the band, Parker’s vocals played more of a complementary role, adding ethereal harmonies to Sparhawk’s melodies and only taking the lead on two or three tracks per album. But over time her songwriting came to the fore, especially as the band moved into their final, critically acclaimed era of electronic reinvention. Looking back on Parker’s body of work—and attempting to come to terms with the fact that it is, now, complete—it’s easy to see how her lyrics and melodies stand out as some of Low’s most emotionally resonant.

Check out the article for six chronologically listed songs that “highlight Parker’s quest for calmness and beauty amid chaos”, several of which I played on the 221110 show.

Papa Jojo Radio Show for Thursday 10 Nov 2022

Dear Friends,

Welcome to another edition of the Papa Jojo Radio Show on WAWL.org! Pleased as punch to be back with y’all!

The show pays tribute to some artists recently lost: Loretta Lynn, Mimi Parker from the band Low, and Jeff Cook from the band Alabama.

The 6 O’Clock Hour

  • R.E.M. – What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
  • Angel Olsen – All The Good Times
  • Sharon Van Etten – Mistakes
  • Shovels & Rope – St. Anne’s Parade
  • Alabama – Song of the South
  • Elle King – America’s Sweetheart
  • Loretta Lynn – You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man
  • Soccer Mommy – Feel It All The Time
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  • Low – More
  • Sundays, The – Here’s Where The Story Ends
  • Alvvays – Pharmacist
  • Paramore – This is Why
  • Beatles, The – One After 909
  • John Hammond – 2:19

The 7 O’Clock Hour

  • Jonathan Coulton – Ikea
  • New Pornographers, The – Brill Bruisers
  • A.C. Newman – Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns
  • Neko Case – People Got A Lotta Nerve
  • Low – Monkey
  • Jack Johnson – Don’t Look Now
  • Alabama – Mountain Music
  • Courtney Barnett – Write a List of Things To Look For
  • gladie – Born Yesterday
  • Loretta Lynn – You’re Looking At Country
  • Kathleen Edwards – Back To Me
  • They Might Be Giants – You’re On Fire
  • Parquet Courts – Walking at a Downtown Pace
  • Brandi Carlile – Broken Horses
  • Band of Horses – Crutch
  • Avett Brothers, The – Slight Figure of Speech

The 8 O’Clock Hour

  • Smithereens, The – Out of This World
  • Alabama – The Closer You Get
  • Jocelyn and Chris Arndt – Popcorn
  • Dazy – Crowded Mind (Lemon Lime)
  • Loretta Lynn – Harper Valley, P.T.A.
  • Tori Amos – God
  • Wilco – Taking It Out On You
  • Low – Holy Ghost (Live on KEXP)
  • Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
  • Waterboys, The – The Whole of the Moon
  • Fievel Is Glauque – “The Perfect Idiot”
  • David Bowie – Young Americans
  • Syd Barrett – Effervescing Elephant
  • Wet Leg – Wet Dream
  • Japanese Breakfast – Slide Tackle
  • Beths, The – Expert in a Dying Field