Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Hold Steady

Camden Electric Ballroom tomorrow night ... we had some massive nights ....

The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour

Whilst it is not officially out until 25 September, the new Weakerthans album is out there and yes I did go get it (although I do also have it on pre-order in hard-copy CD from Amazon).

Four years since the band's third - and best album - Reconstruction Site, so the new album has been a long time coming. Thankfully, I can tell you, it is worth the wait. True, it is not as good a RS, but it is still pretty damn good, and John Samson's lyrics continue to amuse and challenge - not many albums where Curling (one of the few sports us Scots are any good at) and Ice Hockey both get songs (Tournament of Hearts, and Elegy for Gump Worsley); that you get songs from the perspective of a Bus Driver (Civil Twilight) and a Cat (Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure). The latter a fine companion piece to Plea From A Cat Named Virtute from the RS album.

What's more Civil Twilight, Sun in an Empty Room and (current single) Night Windows could all be hits [ok, so not likely in the UK, but, one can but hope].

There should be a UK date or two in December to look forward to. In the meantime I recommend you all buy the album.

Track List:
01. Civil Twilight
02. Hymn of the Medical Oddity
03. Relative Surplus Value
04. Tournament of Hearts
05. Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure
06. Elegy for Gump Worsley
07. Sun in an Empty Room
08. Night Windows
09. Bigfoot!
10. Reunion Tour
11. Utilities

The Boss is Back

The Guardian has a link to a free download of 'Radio Nowhere' a track off the new Bruce Springsteen album Magic due out in October. I agree with one review that describes it as a Zevon-esq guitar based rocker. Quality.

Now, to try and get tickets for Dec19th gig in London ...

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