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video: Lower Dens – Company / Société Anonyme


Lower Dens perform two highlights from their incredible record Escape From Evil, live at Pehrspace in L.A. Directed by Erik Barnes. Download the recordings for free here. Catch Lower Dens live in the UK starting on Sunday, as they start their massive world tour with a handful of shows with the also amazing Fear of Men...

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video: Lower Dens – Sucker’s Shangri-La


Directed by Zachary Treitz.

Lower Dens takeover: George W S Trow – Within the Context of No Context


Basically the most important piece of prophecy since Revelations. Nobody has ever thought so deeply and so comprehensively about American civilization, nor written the product of that thinking with such terrifying clarity...

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Lower Dens takeover: A Different Kind of Tension


This album has really informed my playing and thinking about music recently, specifically the way they take a simple idea and push it and push it until it sort of breaks into something new. I feel connected to the way this album uses punk and pop, desperation and exuberance in an honest way that still feels refreshing to me decades after its creation...

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Lower Dens takeover: David Wojnarowicz


Along with people like Kathy Acker and Robert Mapplethorpe, David Wojnarowicz worked to bring gay culture out of its campy, self-mocking state and turn it into something that could stand beside as opposed to in opposition to straight culture...

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Lower Dens takeover: Ernest Becker – Escape From Evil


We're all running from something, which Becker identifies as death without meaning or legacy. That the source of so much of our culture ought to lie in fear is both sad and eminently forgivable. There's nothing more human than this...

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Lower Dens takeover: David Bowie live at Nassau coliseum (1976)


The light of Bowie's stardom often obscures the names of his formidable side people. In this celebrated live show (listen to the full show here) it is impossible to ignore the energy and inventiveness of Carlos Alomar, George Murray and Dennis Davis, the core of the band which helped cement his reputation in the seventies...

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Lower Dens takeover: Richard Thompson


Richard Thompson is a remarkably fluid guitar player. His rhythm playing sneaks in lots of passing lines and his solos often contain material from a variety of idioms without sounding forced. His tones change with the times but are always in good taste and unique to him...

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Lower Dens takeover: William Eggleston and Nan Goldin


These photographers don’t work together, that I know of, but they share a singular ability. Eggleston photographs the minutiae and monotony of our lives in startling color. Goldin is just as deft with her camera, but her subject matter is usually provocative and exhibitionist...

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Lower Dens takeover: Chrome – Another World


This album fuses the industrial chug of their earlier efforts with a sleeker, brighter sound palette which evokes the aspirational fizz of the eighties so-cal dream to ominous effect. Damon edge as prisoner in a Michael Mann film which never ends...

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