Saturday, August 02, 2008

data mining the video vaults

The amazing Weakerthans, those spreaders of infectious rock, those purveyors of prairie poetry, have finished a new video from their Polaris Prize short-listed album, Reunion Tour. The video for the insanely catchy Tournament of Hearts was filmed in that venerable sporting establishment, the Fort Rouge Curling Club in Winnipeg, and features old footage of Winnipeg curlers, bottles of stubbies, and some mighty natty curling sweaters. My favourite is drummer Jason Tait's stylish moose versus moose sweater.

And now for something completely different.

On the one hand you've got hurrying hard down the sheet and vintage curling sweaters, on the other you've got arm-flailing interpretive dance and some frantic shirt-lifting. Yin and yang.

To commemorate Radiohead's triumphant return to North American soil and a stellar showing at Lollapalooza last night, seven years to the day after their initial appearance there, we are thrilled to share this concert footage of Idioteque. Although I strongly suspect Thom may have switched brands of laundry detergent shortly after that performance, I have to admit that those are some of the most compelling dance moves I have witnessed in quite some time. Even with the inexplicable baring of the furry little belly.


bloody awful poetry said...

Oooh you'd probably like to know that Radiohead won the umm...Innovation Award at yesterday's MTV Asia Awards! They weren't around to pick it up, obviously, but Muse sent a very funny vid of them doing the Saturday Night Fever dance with their Best Live Act award, all the way from South America, which was killer.

Allison said...

You know, I never noticed the 50-50 draw line in Tournament of Hearts before, made me smile. Spent many a weekend in rooms like that watching hockey growing up, sans beer. So glad I left.

mister anchovy said...

Well geez, a song about curling, how about that. Since I had a chance to curl once a few years ago, I discovered it's a lot of fun to watch too. The song's not bad either.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Awww bless Muse (Radiohead Jr, as they are known around here) for their charming self-deprecating humour. Is the Innovation Award a new one, BAP? And more importantly, did you attend the event?

There are a lot of great Canadianisms in that song, Al. Being held prisoner in arena lounges is no way to spend your childhood; I'm glad you escaped too.

I love watching curling, Mister Anchovy, it's just the right speed for me, and one of these days I am going to make it to the brier as well.
Everybody in Winnipeg curls. It's a bylaw. John K Samson told the folk fest crowd that he is curling three nights a week this winter and is unsure how he is going to pull that off.

BeckEye said...

Thom, Thom, Thom. It's nice to know that I can disappear for a week and when I return nothing has changed. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Our Thom is nothing if not consistent, Beckeye, and I try to follow his example whenever I can. If I am in doubt, I always ask myself WWTD?