February 25, 2006
John K Samson, CBC3 Studio Session/Live at the Gas Station Theatre, Winnipeg, 2002
We have for your listening pleasure two solo performances of The Weakerthans frontman John K Samson. The first is Samson performing at the Gas Station Theater in Winnipeg Manitoba on November 15th 2002. This comes courtesy of the folks at ScheduleTwo [via For the ‘Records’] who have the video of the performance up for you to view and download to your iPods. It features an (as far as I can tell) unrealeased song called “Utilities” and three from Reconstruction Site. At the end of “Psalm for the Elk’s Lodge Last Call” he records his guitar on a series of loops which sounds pretty cool. As with the other performance, the songs are quite stripped down. The date of the second performance is unclear, but it takes place sometime before January 3rd, 2003, when it was put online as a part of the now defunct CBC3 weekly magazine thing [note: I have found out that the date was December 5th, 2002]. It is not listed on the Just Concerts page, but it can be found via the Weakerthans’ website. Again, songs from Reconstruction Site as well as “Utilities”.
You know the drill.
Still on Rapidshare so click and follow. All the files from the two performances are in one zipfile at end. [Update: the individual song files have been re-uploaded]. New Pornographers and Belle & Sebastian tonight. With luck I will have some new stuff for you from that.
UPDATE: My thanks to Luke from Schedule Two who let me know that the date of the CBC performance and that the ‘Utilities’ performance can be found on the CBC Radio Sessions cd (buy it here), which is a fantastic collection of live Canadian indie music.
EVEN BETTER UPDATE: Schedule Two’s Luke kindly provided me (and by extention you) better quality mp3s of the Gas Station Theatre performance. I have updated the links and the zipfile. Thanks Luke!
Live from the Gas Station Theater in Winnipeg Manitoba on November 15th 2002
CBC Radio 3 Session, December 5, 2002
John K Samson – Gas Station Theatre/CBC Session.zip (25.1 MB)