Just got back from the Feist show at Neumo's...BRILLIANT!!!!! That girl knows how to rock it! I guess I should backtrack a bit--today around 5 one of our favorite customers came into the shop and Feist was playing on the store mix. Erin asked if I knew that she was playing tonight, which I did not. I immediately called my pal Kristine, who is also a huge Feist fan, and we decided to go. I love the fact that if Erin had come in 5 minutes earlier or later, we may never have known about the show. Yay for coincidences!
We got to Neumo's before the opening act and decided that we must have missed the memo on PDA for the evening. Seriously, in every direction there was a couple who really should have stayed home on the couch for that kind of action. Except by the bar, where Kristine witnessed this encounter between two hipsters:
Male 1: "So, how's your girlfriend? What's she up to tonight?"
Male 2: "Actually, we're not together anymore."
Males 1 & 2: stand in awkward silence
Maybe it was funnier because we had Mandarin & tonics in hand, but really, it was pretty awesome.
On with the show: the opening act was a charming singer/songwriter from Manchester named Stephen Fretwell, if I remember correctly. He did seem to be good at fretting, as most of his songs were pretty depressing. Couple really good songs, though, especially one about a girl named Emily who must really be a piece of work. But FEIST! She came out and had 2 mikes set up, with the second one attached to a multi-track/layering/looping device so she could harmonize with herself. She kept adding layers until there was this amazingly lush harmony going on, and then she would sing the melody over it all. Just fabulous; she has such a beautiful, unique voice. She's also one of the least self-conscious performers I've ever seen, which made her so fun to watch, and she's a smokin' guitarist to boot. She played a bunch of new songs that were all great, although I'm sad that we'll have to wait until January for the next album. By the end when she invited the crowd to slow-dance, even Kristine and I were ready to stand and sway with all the happy couples. AAWWW.