Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Weakerthans live, Smallman is dead(?)

Today The Weakerthans released Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre, a cd/dvd package celebrating the band's 13 years and 4 albums. I missed the April 2009 show(s) (I think they played two nights) at which they recorded this stuff, but I did make it out to an aftershow party at the Albert, which was doubly good because the band played for fun and The Wind-ups opened up in their regular wildly energetic fashion.

Here's the track listing, you can stream the whole thing at Spinner.com.

01. Everything Must Go

02. Tournament of Hearts

03. Our Retired Explorer (Dines with Michel Foucault in Paris in 1969)

04. Night Windows|Reconstruction Site

05. Aside

06. Civil Twilight

07. Bigfoot

08. Plea From A Cat Named Virtute

09. The Reasons|Sun In An Empty Room

10. Left and Leaving|Wellington's Wednesdays

11. Benediction

12. Manifest

13. One Great City!

14. This Is A Fire Door Never Leave Open

15. Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure

In somewhat related news, John K. Samson's former band Propagandhi has announced a search for a new label and disclosed that Winnipeg's Smallman Records is closing down. I have not yet seen an official announcement and am anxiously awaiting a confirmation that it is not true, but sites such as Exclaim.ca are reporting it as reality. I sure hope it ain't true. Besides Propagandhi, Smallman's brought us fine recordings from Sylvie, Sights and Sounds, Comeback Kid, Sick City, Choke, Our Mercury, and Moneen, among others. It was also set to release Greg MacPherson's Mr. Invitation album March 30. Say it ain't so, Smallman!

Greg MacPherson - First Class (download here)

Greg MacPherson - Outside Edge (download here)

Propagandhi - Humane Meat (download here)

Sights and Sounds - The Only Time (download here)

Sylvie - Dark Ages (download here)

Our Mercury - Shawna Don't Wanna (download here)

Sylvie - Rise and Fall from Smallman Records on Vimeo.

Sick City - Smiles and Cries from Smallman Records on Vimeo.

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