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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

Oct 25 San Francisco @ The Independent
Oct 26 Pomona CA @ Glass House Concert Hall

Oct 28 West Hollywood CA @ The Troubadour

Oct 29 San Diego @ Beauty Bar

Oct 30  Phoenix @ Modified Arts

Nov 1 Abilene TX @ Monks

Nov 2 Denton TX @ Hailey’s

Nov 3 Austin @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

Nov 5 Birmingham @ Bottle Tree Cafe

Nov 7 Charleston @ Map Room

Nov 9 Philadelphia @ First Unitarian Church

Nov 10 New Jersey @ Maxwells

Nov 11 NYC @ Bowery Ballroom

Nov 12 Boston @ Middle East

Nov 14 Sackville @ Brunton Auditorium

Nov 16 & 17 Halifax, Nova Scotia @ St. Matthew’s United Church

Nov 19 Quebec City, Quebec @ TBD

Nov 20 Ottawa @ Bronson Centre

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