Song of the Day: The Weakerthans – Tournament of Hearts

Kevin Cole and The Weakerthans in the KEXP studio
photo by Dan Muller

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Tournament of Hearts by The Weakerthans from the 2007 album Reunion Tour on Anti-.

The Weakerthans – Tournament of Hearts (MP3)

Though The Weakerthans never broke up, the title of their latest album isn’t without meaning. Reunion Tour is the band’s first album in four years, a time span that, by industry standards, could cause a band’s demise. And while frontman John K. Samson’s lyrics often stand out, this album provides a reunion of sounds and syllables where the melody will stick with you as much as the words. Recorded in a Manitoba factory after business hours, Reunion Tour is a chilly Fall record of short stories, each with its own narrator relating true and fictional accounts of everything from Big Foot to hockey. Tournament of Hearts, the most immediately striking track on the album, is a song about curling, the people who curl, and the day-to-day issues they face. I know I’ll never view curling the same way again. For the band’s current European tour schedule and other info, go to their MySpace page. For a great rendition of another new track, Sun In An Empty Room, performed live at Neumo’s, look no further:

Also, be sure to check out Dan Muller’s photos of the in-studio and the concert later that night at Neumo’s.

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