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Final Fantasy Tuesday October 23, 2007

Filed under: Canadian,misc. good non-local music,show review — Kayla @ 10:48 pm

final fantasy


Seriously you guys, you need to go see Final Fantasy live.  He’s definitely one of the most awe-inspiring live performers I’ve seen.  He uses a looping pedal like Andrew Bird, but where Andrew Bird has Martin Dosh to take care of a lot of the looping work for him Owen Pallet has…himself.  At one point he had put down 3 or 4 violin tracks and then moved to the piano where he simultaneously played piano and reached his leg halfway across the stage to hit the looping pedal all while staying in perfect time.  As someone who can barely walk and chew gum at the same time this was pretty impressive.  For most of the show there was a woman sitting at an overhead projector moving different pictures and colored transparencies across the screen.  It was really hard to decide what to watch, the pretty pictures or the feats of coordination.  Between songs he told us about how he has recently developed a stutter and how he thinks Seattle is very passive aggressive (finally, someone said it!). 


The opener was Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon.  I thought this was a strange choice, they don’t exactly draw the same crowd.  People were a little confused and reluctant at first, but he managed to get the crowd going by the 2nd or 3rd song.  I’m not a rap fan, but I really enjoyed his set because it was so totally different than anything else I’ve ever experienced.  I’m also fascinated by DJs (as in the kind that use turntables and a mixer, not the radio kind) and he had one, DJ Weasel, who was wearing an I {heart} weasel shirt.  This is probably the only time I will be able to experience live hip hop because let’s face it, I could never just go to a hip-hop show because I’m really not cool enough. 


An added ridiculous bonus to this show: for a lot of it I was standing next to Smoosh and little sister of Smoosh.  This was almost as exciting as that time I saw Ben Gibbard wearing incredibly large glasses and a hat in the back of a Shins show while I was walking out (yes I did, shut up, I’m not making it up).


[mp3] Final Fantasy-The CN Tower Belongs to the Dead


[mp3] Stars-Your Ex-Lover is Dead (Final Fantasy mix)

This is a Final Fantasy remix of a Stars song.  It is 394,929,294 times better than the original and arguably the prettiest song in existence


[mp3] Cadence Weapon-Sharks (with Final Fantasy)

This is a live recording of Cadence Weapon and Final Fantasy on CBC Radio.  The violin melody is actually from Andrew Bird, but played by Final Fantasy, which is a little weird.  I love how it sounds so different from its original context yet fits so well.


Final Fantasy Official Site | Buy He Poos Clouds | Cadence Weapon Myspace | Buy Breaking Kayfabe


Tour dates after the break



So I guess there’s a new Radiohead album or something…. Thursday October 11, 2007

Filed under: album review,British,misc. good non-local music — Kayla @ 4:31 pm



I’m sure you’ve heard about it and have probably listened to it 392,304,294 times already and have read 40 other blogs about it, but I’m going to add my obligatory OH MY EFFING GOD NEW RADIOHEAD ALBUM!!!!1!!!!! post to the mix.


Radiohead and I have a checkered past. And by “checkered past” I mean that I don’t like them (here, here is my hipster membership card…just take it….). I like Fake Plastic Trees and that’s pretty much it, I don’t really care for Thom Yorke’s voice most of the time and I don’t like how experimental they are, which is kind of the point of Radiohead. Mostly, I like my music to have a melody. All of that being said I LOVE THIS ALBUM. I walked into the music director office at the radio station yesterday and it was playing despite the fact that the only people in there were the hip-hop MD and the weekend MD (weekend is jazz, blues, funk, etc.). I gathered that it had been playing all day because people were afraid to turn it off. I wasn’t going to be that person so I went about my business sorting the mail and found myself actually kind of liking it. And then I was there for 3 more hours and by the time I left I was ready to name my first-born Thom. I’ve since talked to several people in my same boat, people who are not really Radiohead fans but are oddly drawn to this album. I think a lot of this has to do with the way they hyped it.


You can’t deny that leaking your own album is brilliant and the way they led up to doing it created an incredible amount of buzz that even the most hardened Radiohead hater, such as myself couldn’t help but be sucked in to. When was the last time people stayed up until 1 am to get an album? Probably 10 or 15 years ago because these days they just appear on the internet at some random time anywhere from 3 to 6 months before the release date. That is no fun, especially for people (like me) who don’t believe in downloading leaked albums because by the time it actually comes out everyone is already done talking about it. This way everyone is talking about it at the same time and you know that every person you see with headphones on on your college campus is listening to it. It’s nice to know that people can still be brought together by something as small as the release of an album. It’s also nice to know that “the entire world just got a little happier together,” as You Ain’t No Picasso so eloquently put it.


I’m not going to post tracks from it because you already have them, and if you don’t you can download them for free if you so choose directly from the band. I will tell you that my favorite song is the last one, “Videotapes” followed by “Faust Arp” and “Reckoner” though.


Note: I did not make the picture above and I don’t know whose baby that is, but the world really needs more pictures of babies in rainbow shirts. That is why I’m using it as the album art for In Rainbows on my itunes and I encourage you to steal it and do the same.


This concludes the obligatory HOLY SHIT!!! RADIOHEAD!!! post. We will now return to your regularly scheduled program of…not updating.