John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has a tremendous knack for selecting instinctually perfectly-matching opening bands for his tours. Recent openers have included John Vanderslice and Kaki King, but for the just-finished tour the immensely talented Canadian artist Owen Pallett was selected. Owen’s solo project Final Fantasy builds each song as a musical mosaic, layering individually played samples of violin, keyboards and effects into his own solo symphony. Like the Mountain Goats, Owen’s lyrics create a little world within each song and use intentionally exaggerated metaphor to convey complex internal emotions often with a satirical edge. While onstage he appears as the proverbial serious musician, its the lighter and off-beat edgier side that makes Owen’s music so interesting. Accompanied on this tour by the guitarist Thomas Gill, Final Fantasy performed an exceptional forty-five minute set at Webster Hall which featured five songs from his much anticipated January release of Heartland.
Final Fantasy returns to NYC to perform at Bowery Ballroom on January 18.
We recorded this set from the same location as the Mountain Goats set, but used the DPA microphones in combination with the stereo soundboard feed to maximize the room feel. This is another outstanding capture of this amazing night of music. Enjoy!
Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
New York, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix
Soundboard + DPA 4021s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 16bit 44.1kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[Total Time 42:26]
02 Keep The Dog Quiet
03 The Great Elsewhere
04 Flare Gun
05 The Butcher
06 He Poos Clouds
07 The CN Tower Belongs To The Dead
08 Independence Is No Solution (The Blankket)
09 Many Lives -> 49 MP
10 Lewis Takes Action
11 Midnight Directives
12 Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Final Fantasy, visit the website, visit the MySpace page, and pre-order Heartland (January release) from the Domino Records website [HERE].