• Top 5 Songs by The Weakerthans

    3. Mai. 2009, 23:11 von andythesaint

    I went to see The Weakerthans in concert last weekend for the third time. It was the first concert I've been to in awhile, and probably will be the last I'll go to for awhile, so to get the full experience, I decided to pick my top five songs from their four album catalogue. The group's greatest strength is easily John K. Samson's poet laureate-level lyrics, which strike a perfect balance between playful cleverness and emotional connection. But another thing I really appreciate about The Weakerthans' music is how overwhelmingly Canadian it is.

    A problem we Canadians often have is defining what is unique about our culture, and what is mere adaptation of either our neighbours to the South or our old colonial masters. One of the reasons this is a problem is that those that should be our cultural arbiters and touchstones — our artists, musicians, and writers — often relinquish their role in culture-building for the…
  • Folk. Indie. Grind.

    20. Jun. 2008, 8:25 von AddictedAvi

    Hello hello hello hello hello. Hasn't it been a while.
    Here is something to read involving bands that are really good at what they do.

    Genghis Tron is, to some, stupid chaos. To others it is genius. I side with the latter. The trio's latest effort Board Up the House continues where Dead Mountain Mouth left off. It is more cohesive, it edges the envelope a little bit more. The addition of clean vocals is haunting in the most exciting ways, particularly in the track "Things Don't Look Good." But let's talk about the band. The Tron is genius. To my ears, they are the perfect balance of chaos and melody. The chaos forms from their noisegrind sounds. The extremely fast, brash, abrasive, cathartic passages which manage at once to never repeat and be ingeniously enveloping involve ultra-distorted guitars, desperate screaming vocals, and precise, rapid (electronic) drums. On the other hand, Genghis Tron utilize some brilliant electronic elements. The melody here isn't like Between the Buried and Me. …
  • virtute the cat.

    3. Jun. 2008, 23:40 von jumpingfences

    My favorite thing about The Weakerthans is Virtute the Cat. (Which, by the way, I have thought for years was actually Virtue. I just found out that I was wrong that whole time. Apparently it is pronounced "Vir-too-tay." I had no goddamn idea!)

    On Reconstruction Site, their 2003 album, the fifth track is called Plea From a Cat Named Virtute I would post the lyrics, but if you're that interested, a Google search should bring them up immediately. The narrative is told from a cat's perspective. The cat is talking to her owner, who is evidently a lonely alcoholic, and she is fed up with his sad sack behavior. She sees that he can get out of the mess he's put himself in if only he tries. As the title suggests, Virtute is practically begging her owner to just get over it and enjoy life again. The very last few lines, which I will post, are perched on the edge of heart-breaking when you hear them sung: ("All you ever want to do is drink and watch TV, and frankly that thing doesn't really interest me. …
  • The Weakerthans at Cat's Cradle

    11. Apr. 2008, 2:00 von Telegraphese

    Wed 9 Apr – The Weakerthans, Christine Fellows, A.A. Bondy

    Ok, ok. Getting back to this one, don't want it to end up abandoned like my last attempt at this.

    Christine Fellows was up first, which surprised me a little. I don't have much to say about her set other than she did very well (especially when other members of the Weakerthans came in to back her up near the end), and she's awesomely quirky.

    A.A. Bondy. Can't say enough about how well he played, or how much I appreciated his subtle/extremely awkward attempts to joke around with the crowd. Sure, the Dylan comparisons are impossible for him to avoid, but his voice breaks the mold. Not to mention the boot stomping during Vice Rag. Great set, spot on.

    The Weakerthans. What can you say? It was one of the rare sets I've seen in which the band sounds almost exactly like their recordings (which has various pros and cons, personally I enjoy shows that become slightly inconsistent/human, but I digress). …
  • oh yeah

    3. Dez. 2007, 2:55 von amandeux

    another one of those pointless surveys.)

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Uh... harry potter...

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Winter by Bayside

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    I don't know! I hate Linkin Park and Creed and all those bands that sound like Creed.

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    The Format. Hands down.

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

    6. Best female voice?
    Regina Spektor, Fiest, and St. Vincent

    7. Best male voice?
    City and Colour, Say Anything

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    , ,

    9. What do you listen to hype you up?
    Every Time I Die, Say Anything

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
    City and Colour, Iron And Wine

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Every Time I Die

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    City and Colour

    13. Most hated band?
    I hate lots of bands.

    14. Song that makes you think?
  • Crashing Continuity

    1. Dez. 2007, 18:44 von catnamedvirtute

    Wie heißt dieser Song noch gleich?
    Der Blick auf den iPod verzögert meine Reaktionszeit um eine wertvolle Sekunde und der alte Renault mit dem vielen Baum-ab oben drauf sagt dem schwarzen BMW vor mir geräuschvoll guten Abend.
    Die Fahrerin, eine hochattraktive Dänin, freut sich offenbar mich zu sehen: 32 weiße Zähne, alle oben, und kein erkennbarer Schaden an der Karre mit dem rotgerahmten Kennzeichen.
    So einfach tauscht man Namen und Adressen mit unbekannten Frauen?
    Ist notiert - die Nacht hat meine ausdrückliche Erlaubnis zu beginnen, Kids.

    „Held like water in your shaking hands are all the small defeats a day demands”

    John K. Samson strahlt wie ein Himmelskörper und Weakerthans beweisen im ausverkauften Grünspan einmal mehr, dass sie keine Band sind, sondern eine zärtliche Hand auf unserer fiebrigen Stirn.
    Mein kriegswundes Herzchen badet in Worten und Melodien der emotionalen Kanadier, und ich sehe mich genötigt für die Ewigkeit festzuhalten: Musik die mich so sehr berührt…
  • Katzenjammer is in the house!

    19. Sep. 2007, 10:11 von catnamedvirtute

    Witzige Tiernamen 2.0.

    Warum einem Tier einen Namen geben, das sowieso nicht kommt, wenn man es ruft?
    Wenn schon, dann doch bitte einen, der die eigene Kreativität und überschwänglichen Humor auf einen samtroten Sockel stellt.

    Eine Bekannte taufte ihren einsamen Goldfisch einst "Wetsuit", unser Nachbar nannte seine arme Katze liebevoll "Hat-Mundgeruch".
    Ein ehemaliger Lehrer schoss den Vogel der Erleuchtung noch im Flug ab: Seine beiden Kater heißen "Maran" und "Lysator".
    Kater Maran und Kater Lysator.

    Sehr originell.

    Sollten die beiden sich einst aus Scham das Leben nehmen, hier meine Vorschläge für ihre erbarmungswürdigen Nachfolger: "Strophe", "Kombe" oder "Tonia".

    Welch schmissige Überleitung zu CATATONIA, einer Band, der ich leider nichts abgewinnen kann und mich lieber den wichtigen Katzen des Lebens zuwenden will:

    Die WEAKERTHANS sind nämlich zurück.