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LIVE: Lucius

“Turn It Around”

I was lucky enough to make it to one day of Boston Calling this past weekend, where I saw two of my favorite bands who I’ve wanted to see live for quite some time – Local Natives and Vampire Weekend. They both delivered amazing performances!

I also happened to see a set from the band Lucius and I’m so thrilled I did because I totally fell in love! I’m psyched to catch wind of this Brooklyn-based group so early on…their debut album, Wildewoman comes out on October 15th and they’ve got a slew of tour dates in small rooms lined up for the fall. SEE THEM LIVE if they’re coming to your area – TOUR DATES HERE. I can guess they won’t be playing small rooms for long!

Lucious

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LYRICS: Feist

“My Moon My Man”

I love when a song I’ve heard many many times suddenly hits me in some other way. Sometimes it’s a part of the instrumentation that I hadn’t heard before or a harmony that starts to stand out to me…other times it’s the lyrics that suddenly ring out and completely floor me with some new meaning. Such is the case today with this Feist tune:

“My moon my man
So changeable and
Such a loveable lamb to me

My care my coat
Leave on a high note
There’s nowhere to go but on

Heart on my sleeve
Not where it should be
The song’s out of key again

My moon’s white face
What day and what phase
It’s the calendar page again

Take it slow
Take it easy on me
And shed some light
Shed some light on me please
Take it slow
Take it easy on me
And shed some light
Shed some light on me please

My moon and me
Not as good as we’ve been
It’s the dirtiest clean I know

My care my coat
Leave on a high note
There’s nowhere to go
There’s nowhere to go

My moon the moon’s my man…”

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ON REPEAT: Feist

Metals. That’s all I can really say. I haven’t heard a better fall album recently, so this has been it for me. Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but in truth, I’ve been listening to this album exclusively. Addicted!

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FALL TUNES

So, lately I’ve been stuck musically. I haven’t really been seeking out new music or really opening myself up to it and I suppose I could use being busy as an excuse. I’ve been basically listening to the same few albums again and again. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing! These albums have some seriously stunning tracks on them. Here are a few that maybe I’ve posted before, but I cannot get enough of:

Bahamas – “Lost In The Light”
This gorgeous song floors me every time. New video:

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The Tallest Man On Earth – “Wind and Walls”
Every track on There’s No Leaving Now is quite beautiful:

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Feist – “Graveyard”
Can’t believe the beginning of this tune and the end are actually in the same song:

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Delta Spirit – “Ransom Man”
Sometimes when you listen to an album long enough, the songs you used to skip become your favorites:

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Wilco – “One Sunday Morning”
I’ve found that this 12-minute final track on The Whole Love is perfect for an up island drive:

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VIDEO: Feist

“Bittersweet Melodies”

I hadn’t seen this video until now. And I just watched, finding myself alternately creeped out, fascinated and moved. A very cool concept, and well executed – and of course a gorgeous song.

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LYRICS: Feist

“Undiscovered First”

Lately I’ve been revisiting Feist’s album, The Reminder…a collection of songs that really move me. If you haven’t listened to this album, I’d urge you to check it out. The words from this particular track keep running over and over in my head today…

“I had what I thought
were clear open eyes
bright blue
vision not of a light
carrying pictures to lay on you
close up eyes let them in
to a  mind opening
it’s the edge of love
You can’t unthink a thought
either it’s there or not

shadows of the mountain
don’t tell of what’s on earth
the breadth and the height
of an undiscovered first”

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LIVE: Feist

It’s been over a week since I saw Feist perform at the House Of Blues in Boston and I’m still absorbing it. When you get wrapped up in an artist’s work, you form your own unique opinion of who that person is, and what their art means. Then when you come face to face with the reality, it can disappoint. I’ve been a fan for years, and when I finally saw her live last week, Leslie Feist did not disappoint…seeing her only confirmed what I felt by listening to her music – She’s plugged in. She’s real. She’s incredibly unique. And she’s an extroardinary talent.

I’m very lucky to have a strong musical connection with my father. I frequently give him music that I’ve been enjoying and he almost always loves it too. Like me, he found himself deeply connected with Feist’s latest album, Metals and especially to a certain song –  “The Circle Married The Line”. He was so inspired that he created a very simple but striking painting to convey the song title’s image:

Dad wrapped up the painting and brought it to the show and we gave it to the person at the merch table, hoping he’d pass it along. My dad was SO excited to see Feist live, and he might’ve been the only 70-year-old in the audience. We stood by the front, entranced as she and her band opened with “The Bad In Each Other” and played a dark, barely recognizable rendition of “Mushaboom”. About 4 or 5 songs in, she said to the audience, “Jack Phaneuf, are you here?” and we shouted and waved at the stage from where we were standing. She said, “Jack, this goes out to you”, and played my dad’s favorite, as we smiled from ear to ear and shook our heads at each other in disbelief. That’s the kind of person Feist is.

Even aside from the shout out, the night was magical. The trio Mountain Man accompanies the band on tour these days, and their harmonies soared behind Feist’s vocals. We heard almost every song on Metals, and others like “I Feel It All”, “My Moon My Man”, “So Sorry”, “Sea Lion Woman”, “The Limit To Your Love”, and “Let It Die”. A few special cameras were set up at strategic postitions onstage to project images on the back wall with a trippy kaleidoscope effect. You’ll see what I mean in the video below (complete with my Dad’s shoutout):

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LIVE: Timber Timbre


Heading to see Feist live at the House Of Blues in Boston, I wasn’t thinking much about who the opener would be. But the half hour or so that we spent listening to Timber Timbre was pretty memorable. This Canadien trio is VERY different. There’s a darkness, almost a creepiness to their music. And intentionally so! In face their latest album is called Creep On Creepin’ On.

I was standing towards the front of the stage while they played their set, and I noticed how entranced everyone around me was. It’s that eerie music that you’d maybe imagine if you were walking alone through a graveyard in the dark. It’s like the soundtrack to a spooky Tim Burton film. It’s the music they’d be playing on the jukebox in the underworld. This all may sound unpleasent, but there’s definitely something fascinating about this music. There’s a quiet dark beauty to it. It’s not like much else…it’s Timber Timbre:

Timber Timbre

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SONG: Feist

“How Come You Never Go There” [LIVE]

Tonight. Tonight I see Feist live for the first time and I can barely contain my excitement! Her latest album, Metals, has been a large part of my musical world since it came out and I cannot wait to see how she performs these new tunes in a live setting. There are so many layers, intricate sounds, and delicate moments of silence in many of the tracks…and when I watch live videos like the one below, I have a feeling Feist has made it a priority to really nail the live arrangements. I’ll let you know how it is, and also fill you in on Timber Timbre, her opener. Posts about my experience seeing The Shins and Real Estate coming soon too!

Feist
TONIGHT at the House Of Blues, Boston

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SONG: Bahamas

“Caught Me Thinkin'”

I’ve been really loving the Bahamas album Barchords the past few days. Thanks to B for the suggestion! Bahamas is the stage name for Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen who used to work with Feist. He’s recently released this sophomore album, and I think it’s really wonderful. At times he reminds me of M. Ward, and other times his voice is remniscent of Amos Leee, but the music is always somewhat restrained…as if the silence is as important as the notes in between. When you hear Bahamas, you may think tropical beachy music, and this is probably the only track on the album that really matches up with that idea:

Bahamas

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