On the first night of the three Weakerthans’ shows in NYC, the standout song “Confessions of a Futon Revolutionist”, from their Fallow album, nearly brought the walls down. I admit that I cried early on.

The crowd, for the most part, was sweetly predictable. I felt like I’d been transported to a venue in the late 90s. Lots of black rimmed glasses and girls trying too hard to look nerdy.
It made me thrilled to be able to experience the second show, and hearing “Left and Leaving”, (which any fan would say is the best known Weakerthans song), was reason enough.¬† Yet awkwardly, before “History to the Defeated”, singer John K Samson actually discussed skipping the song together just before he played it.

On all nights, it seemed there were diehard fans screaming out for Samson to play a Propaghandi song, (his former very political, punk band). He didn’t. He joked about it though, and instead, turned the subject over to the Occupy Wall Street movement, which he’s obviously all for.

[Ed: unfortunately the video above is from a different show]