by Dan
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Final Fantasy - "Song Song Song"

I was at a Final Fantasy show in Toronto in August of last year, it was a crowded, orange night. There was someone who shouted "pretentious crap!" after the second song, and you could see Owen Pallett trying to ignore it and move on. And then it was like an idea came to him, and he played this song, with vigour, with screams, and completely note-perfect. Halfway through, everyone could tell it was something special, because he added yet another loop, and it was that glorious final "riff" (can I use that? I don't want to). He was bringing this song to it's finish, and we're all 3 feet in the air, and he lets us down by our noses. The crowd was literally screaming, and it was one of those Evil Mayor situations, where he can't help but clap, he couldn't deny, as a few of us cast him so-there glances. It was a glowing feeling.
He Poos Clouds is completely marvelous. And listening to "Song Song Song" is like finding a new puppy inside of another new puppy. From its army of tiny drummers at the beginning, to its unwashed "smart for a girl!" rage, to its ascension into the clouds (yes, clouds are in heaven, yes, that's what they're made of). He sings of credibility, reform, and generally making yourself okay, respectable or even respected. Pressing what is left into new. As I write this a man is howling "Bridge Over Troubled Water" in the park outside my window.

[May 9th (we'll remind you) on [][][][][][] and Tomlab]


La Guerre Des Tuques - "EU"

Surfing at the speed of walking, sunsets that last 3 days, a beach is just a desert with water. I love the dichotomy of this song; is this the best thing that's ever happened to me, or am I completely wasting my time?

[4$! (plus, I'm in the liner notes, so get it to see that too!)]

Posted by Dan at April 6, 2006 3:54 PM

wicked post.

Posted by tim at April 6, 2006 8:02 PM

you should use 'ostinato' instead of 'riff'

Posted by tim+ at April 6, 2006 11:18 PM

You know, I really don't know what to think about La Guerre Des Tuques, I saw this band last year with Lederhosen Lucil, and they slightly reminded me of a cult, with these weird girls banging on like pots or something, staring at the guy singing. Freaked me out. But I like their song Welcome to Paradise, and this one is ok. I guess cults aren't all that bad.

Posted by MingMeow at April 10, 2006 10:45 AM

Thanks for the track!

I somehow managed to miss the Final Fantasy show in Toronto last night and I am very unhappy about it. May 9th looks like it will be a great day, indeed.

Posted by Genet at April 10, 2006 9:02 PM

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