SOUNDTRACK: ZEUS-”Kindergarten” (2010).
Continuing my march through CBC Radio 3: The radio announcer dude said that this album might make the long list for the Polaris Prize.
Zeus is a Toronto based band that has worked as a backup band for one of the guys from Broken Social Scene. This is an acoustic guitar/quietly distorted electric guitar track that’s poppy and fairly commercial.
I wasn’t all that inspired by it, until near the end where these wild backing vocals come in (and it gets something of an Arcade Fire vibe). The second song on Zeus’ page, “Marching Through Your Head” is much more promising. A catchy bouncy pop track with enough weirdness to keep it interesting.
They do a cover of Genesis’ “That’s All” which is described as “raucous.” And if you click on the link you’d be hard pressed to disagree with that assessment.
[READ: June 14, 2010] “Mask”
Hot on the heels of the New Yorker Summer Fiction Issue, I received this issue of The Walrus with their own Summer Fiction section called “Canadian Studies.” This issue features nine authors. They were all asked to write “the most Canadian story they could think of.” Now, I’ll start out by saying I’m not Canadian, and I don’t want to suggest that I know what the most Canadian story should be like. At the same time, I read The Walrus, I watch a lot of Canadian TV, so I have a slight grasp of the culture. So while I know a Canadian story isn’t going to be about igloos and elk, I’m certain that some more subtle stories will be lost on me.
Lisa Moore’s story is first in the collection. It is quite short. And I didn’t think it was especially Canadian, although perhaps, given one of my Vancouver friends’ proclivities, it is. (more…)