Posted in music on December 11, 2012

Lower Dens @ Chicago's the Riv, 10/1/2012 (more by Grant McAllister)
Lower Dens

Baltimore's Lower Dens went into new, motorik directions on their second album, Nootropics so it makes sense that tracks from the record might work well in the remix world. Hence, the Nootropics Remixed EP which takes three cuts off the album and puts them into the hands of Trentemøller, Cex, and Steve Moore. You can stream Trentemøller's excellent recrafting of Nootropics standout cut "Brains" below. You can buy it directly from Ribbon Music, and if you buy any Lower Dens title, you'll get Nootropics Remixed for free.

Meanwhile, Lower Dens shared with us their picks for Best of 2012. All four current members contributed lists and none of them were straight LP lists, mixing media with inclusions for live shows, books, food, film and ephemera. Check them out below, along with that "Brains" remix.


Lower Dens - 2012 Top 10s

Michael Rother & Camera - Camber Sands (National ATP)
Jennifer Castle - Red 7 (Austin, TX)
Austra - Voxhall (Pop Revo Festival, Aarhus, DK)
Rob Delaney - Sons of Hermann Hall (Dallas, TX)
Louis C.K. - Jones Hall (Houston, TX)
In the Land of Pain - Alphonse Daudet (book)
Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius - Ray Monk (book)
Horse Lords - s/t (album)
Novoline - Golden Hits No. 1 (self-released cassette)
Steve Moore & Majeure - Brainstorm (split LP)
The Comedy (film)

Deep Time - Self-Titled Album (album)
Novoline - Golden Heads vol. 1 tape release (album)
Jennifer Castle - Castlemusic (album)
Beach House - Bloom (album)
Dan Deacon - America (album)
All night concert series at the Soft House in Baltimore
Kronos Quartet's performance of Tusen Tankar (One thousand thoughts) (live performance)
Tetzlaff performing live at the Berlin Philharmonic
The Master (film)
Alantutorial (youtube)
Carl Sagan - The Demon Haunted World (book)

unicorn hard on and container live at the bank, baltimore
drainolith "fighting" lp
nova line "golden hits vol. 1" cassette
moon pool and dead band live at the mug, detroit
addiction to peruvian chicken at chicken rico in the highlandtown neighborhood of baltimore
kick ass bandmates marriages in houston and new hampshire
gay marriage and marijuana legalization
horse lords lp and live, various locales, baltimore
austra live at pop revo, aarhus, Denmark
lord bird "2012 is real" cassette

swans - live @ bowery
deep time - s/t (album)
novo line - live in the uk
savages - live @ la route du rock, st-malo, fr
dirty three - live @ prima vera, barcelona, es
damien echols - life after death (book)
tim hecker -live @ all tomorrow's parties, camber sands, UK
darktown strutters - live, houston, tx
austra - live in aarhus, dk
ssion - live in monterey, mex



Comments (14)


Posted by luv | December 11, 2012 5:13 PM


Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 5:14 PM

Ed, I'm sorry that Grizzly Bear, who wasn't nominated for a Grammy, will not be receiving anything from The R & R Hall of Fame either. Tough break, kids. Get back to making music that matters, the kind that KCMU used to play and that KEXP seemingly has now idea what is, and the world will be a better place.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 5:18 PM

love LD and nootropics and this remix but all of these artists' lists are unnecessary

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 5:39 PM

Wish bands would stick to there favorite music. I don't care what they ate. I live Lower Dens though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2012 6:03 PM

Even though the LD show at our local den of ill repute was in fact one of my favorite live rock show moments last year (potentially), I do not know how or where this fits into my top ten for the year. (or how these fav moments are configured, logistically--because how does your love for Peruvian chicken stack up against bandmate marriage, when you objectively examine the fact?)

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 7:26 AM

posting here about it will surely get you all the answers you desire

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 9:57 AM

Sounds like early Police. A good thing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 10:18 AM

Honestly I would love to have a Walrus these at home! I found it very beautiful, but even if he could not have, she has to live at peace in nature!

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Show was sold out the day it went on sale as did the other shows they had to cancel.

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