Weekend Audition: Fierce, Feist & Fiasco
FIERCE: Crank up your speakers (but not too much) for some exhilarating “musical caffeine” – a 9-minute blockbuster of a Tchaikovsky finale (Symphony No. 4) – with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the roaring San Francisco Symphony a few years back. It gets the blood pumping, guaranteed. Better yet, consider watching the whole PBS DVD set, part of the series, Keeping Score: MTT on Music. The first disc contains a brilliant narration on the behind-the-scenes painstaking preparation for this performance. Fasten your seatbelt.
FEIST: Yes, this Canadian does not lack for recent attention. Behind her fresh songs also lies a thoughtful, articulate mind. In case you missed it, here's an insightful New York Times article on how this artist approaches her craft, it's a good read. In her latest album, Metals, Feist resists digital multitracks, infuses homemade instruments, and wrestles with "our ultimate solitude," the reality of existence. Heavy Metals indeed.... So, how about a slice of home-life with plenty of fun Feist fantasy -- a song from her 2005 release, Let It Die. Wanna dance along with "Mary Pop-Poppins" here?
FIASCO: As in The Patti Fiasco, a band with Wyoming roots and a new self-named album. A breezy mood in this video alternates with the seductive glances of lead singer, Alysia Kraft, and all artfully silhouetted against a setting sun.