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Tolerance: A Tribute To Grant Hart

Side A ~ Side B ~ Press ~ Buy It

The Maykings & Lorrie Matheson and the Brass Tacks

CD cover for Tolerance: A Tribute to Grant Hart CD It’s a pairing between cities spurred on by a mutual hero, and it may be the last piece of 7-inch vinyl ever manufactured at a Canadian record pressing plant. What better way to salute legendary singer-songwriter Grant Hart?

But rather than us waxing on and on, why don’t we let the musicians speak for themselves? Here, then, is their take on Tolerance: A Tribute To Grant Hart.

Side A:

The Maykings
(Tim Balash, Brent Oliver, Duncan Turner, Marek Tyler)
Keep Hanging On (from the Hüsker Dü album Flip Your Wig)

Recorded by Nik Kozub for NRMLS WLCM, January 2005
Mastered by Chris at This is Oddyo, Edmonton, AB

Grant Hart has been one of the most important influences on our band, and our songwriting. Hüsker Dü records of the late ’80s proved to us that you can actually be punk rock and write a hummable ditty, all the while tearing your heart out. Even the early break neck speed songs of the Huskers can be dissected to a core of fantastic power of lyrics and an unabashed sense of using sonics, as well as lyrics, to evoke true pain. When the band split, Grant seemed to quietly release the introspective records like Intolerance (one of our favorites of all time) and the delightfully thick Good News for Modern Man. We're very happy to contribute to this little splice of appreciation towards a man that has probably been a bit underappreciated. To you and him we say a very heartfelt Thank You.  

Brent Oliver, The Maykings, April 2005    

Side B:

Lorrie Matheson and the Brass Tacks
(Lorrie Matheson, Brooker Buckingham, Shawn Dicey, Chris Dadge)
2541 (from the Grant Hart album Intolerance)

Recorded by Lorrie Matheson at Strongboy Studio and back at the house
Mixed by Lorrie Matheson back at the house
Mastered by Chris at This is Oddyo, Edmonton, AB.

Can’t remember his name, and barely what he looked like, but he was giving me a ride someplace when “Don’t Wanna Know If You Are Lonely” came on the tape deck. “Who’s THIS?!?!” “Ummm…dunno,” he said. “Girlfriend’s mix tape. Fuckin’ hate this song, but there’s some rad Icicle Works and Kajagoogoo  coming up.” I hope that moron didn’t get into too much trouble w/ his girl when her mix tape went missing, but I gotta thank her for introducing me to the Huskers. Months of wearing out that song passed before I even found out who the band was, and even longer before I could find any of the records. Candy Apple Grey was first, then Warehouse: Songs and Stories, then back to Flip Your Wig and so on. I remember some god-awful punk band annoying the shit outta me at the Republik one night, finishing their set w/ Merry Eiffel Tower High, and me suddenly changing my mind about how good/bad they were. H ü sker D ü could do that to you. They would take everything you knew, everything you were, everything you thought  you knew… everything!-  and tear you up, knock you down, send you sideways, melt your brain and send your hips swinging across the floor at 100MPH, all in the space of verse/chorus/verse/chorus/ (sometimes)bridge/chorus out. Then there’s be 2 seconds before the next tune started, where you’d try to collect yourself, and they’d HIT YOU AGAINAGAINAGAINAGAIN. Flip record. Repeat. Flip record. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

There was the Mould camp and the Hart camp after HD broke up. I slept out under the stars in both of ‘em, but Bob got the press, Bob got the record deals and the magazine covers, and slowly started going south. To bad electronica, no less. Grant just kept moving. Kept hanging on, like Husker did in the day. Went about his business writing songs that should have been on the ears of all of mankind, but instead, he moved just a few of us. Nova Mob was terrifyingly good… the solo records were broad in scope and pure of Hart. Grant makes me FEEL. GOOD. GOOD.

Used to have a house like the one he describes in “2541”. Ours was “1530”. When we went our separate ways, I listened to “2541” for a month. He knew. He still knows. Grant Hart is a master translator of the human condition… big windows to let in the sun, indeed.

Lorrie Matheson, May 2005


Heath McCoy discusses the last of the Canadian-pressed 7-inch vinyl, June 2005

Lorrie Matheson shares opening for Grant Hart with Mike Bell, May 20, 2005

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