GOD, I have been waiting for this day forever. I finally got my copy of Final Fantasy‘s latest Young Canadian Mothers 7″, which includes his previously released cover of Joanna Newsom‘s “Peach, Plum, Pear” and two reworked songs from his debut, as well as a new song, “Spell For A Weak Heart,” which is presumably the first “single” from FF’s upcoming album, He Poos Clouds. The EP was only released on vinyl, but luckily for you all some tech-conscious hipster ripped it! Check it out, all recommended!

[MP3] Final FantasySpell For A Weak Heart
If you’ve seen FF play live, you’re probably familiar with his stripped down violin version of this song. With a new album around the corner, more money from touring in his wallet, and perhaps a personal vendetta to prove wrong a critic who dubbed him “a lesser Andrew Bird,” Owen seems set for a sound shift. The violin thing…yeah, it’s cool and all, but it only gets you so far. Vinyl scratching, synth blips, various other electronic noises, the ever-trusty wood block, and Owen’s angelic voice create an amalgam that’s confidence is only outweighed by it’s catchiness. It’ll be a great year for Mr. Pallett.

[MP3] Final FantasyThis Is The Dream Of Emma & Cam
This is a slightly “rockified” version of the second track on Has A Good Home. Here, Owen has added so much to a song that didn’t really need much of anything else. The basic structure and melodies of the song are the same, and while the added drums, synth, bells/xylophone, etc give it more complexity and texture, and while it’s certainly nice to hear “new” material from FF, I think this new version is a little unnecessary… but there’s no avoiding irony if one were to claim that musicians act out of necessity, so for what it’s worth, it’s still a great song.

Check out more Final Fantasy, including the Joanna Newsom cover, over at the hype machine.
Also, Chris posted a Final Fantasy remix of a Grizzly Bear song today. Congrats to Gorilla vs. Bear on winning Filter’s Blogger of the Year award!

Aside from founding a new country in the near future, I’m sure many are aware of the new Mates of State album that just (officially) came out this past Tuesday. Usually on Thursdays I’ll post some gnarley covers, but today I feel the need to celebrate the matrimony that resulted in musical bliss. Here are some tracks off of their new album, which I say everyone should purchase.

[MP3] Mates of StateBeautiful Dreamer
[MP3] Mates of StateThink Long
[MP3] Mates of StatePunchlines

Go buy yourself some Bring It Back as fast as you possibly can.

David Poe

There’s a time of year when it doesn’t feel like Spring and isn’t exactly Summer-feeling yet, either. It’s almost as if Mother Nature is too lazy to decide if she wants it to rain/snow/be windy/be 65 degrees outside. I’m not quite sure what you would call it… maybe a period of non-commital? Whatever the clever title, I have found the perfect artist to act as a soundtrack to the indecisive climate outside my window: David Poe.

Poe is the result of classic acoustic guitar playing blended with an almost too smooth voice. His songs have the capability to spill out ballad-esq stories, his raw talent not falling victim to sythesizers and excessive sound engineering. His acoustic-driven folk sound meets a bluesy voice and may remind some of you of Michael Bublé or Jeff Buckley. You can check out this trailer for his latest solo release – then check out these awesome tracks.

[MP3] David PoeReunion
[MP3] David PoeLove Is Red
[MP3] David PoeWilderness

He just wrapped up another US Tour and is heading back to the studio to record his next solo release, while also starting a band with members Duncan Sheik, Morgan Taylor, Matt Johnson, and Fil Krohnengold. Who knew that Poe and Sheik were good buddies that tour all the time together?? Although their “new rock group” will undoubtedly sound interesting (to say the least), you should be on the lookout for a live EP from Poe’s recently finished tour within the next month or so.

Be sure to check out his politically influenced screamo at his MySpace and his official site. If you like it, don’t hesitate to buy or download his album.

There have been a few copies of this song bouncing around from blog to blog, and after reading another article on her solo release, I figure I can turn my anticipation into a post. The estrogen lead of red hot Canadian band Stars is preparing for the launch of her solo album, Honey from the Tombs. There is a free song up for download on the web, though only for a limited time, so here are the first sounds of Amy Millan‘s solo efforts for you. Quite a resplendent song, actually.

[MP3] Amy MillanSkinny Boy

Despite the swooning Millan creates with her voice, she shed some personal light on the album in an older interview before Stars became a nuclear hot commodity over the last year.

Interviewer: I read that you have a solo album coming out this year, have you started recording that?

Amy Millan: Yeah, we’re working on release dates. It’s songs I had before I even joined Stars five years ago, so it’s not like it’s come from something. I haven’t really had any time to do anything other than play in Stars. There’s no song that’s younger than six years old on the record. So it is a solo project but it’s a project that I’ve had since before I joined Stars, and I just really needed to put the record out.

I: Do you still feel connected to the songs even thought they are so old?

AM: I’m calling the record “Honey from the Tomb” because [the songs] are so old, but I still love them. Like they are my children.

I: Is it gratifying to finally be able to release those songs?

AM: It’s sort of nauseating actually. But it’s gonna be great. It’s complicated to try to balance everything we do all the time — Broken, Stars and this — but I plan on playing folk festivals when I’m 45, so that’s really why I’m putting the record out.

So there you have it, straight from the beehive of Amy Millan herself. Be sure to check out her album when it hits Canadian shelves on May 30… and pray for a small solo tour that incorporates your city.

Just in case you missed it (just like I did), Beck offered up his cover of the Hank Williams classic “Your Cheatin’ Heart” streaming from his website. I know that the cover was released on a tribute album, but just in case you haven’t heard it, I ripped the stream into a more readily available mp3 for you guys:

[MP3] BeckYour Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams Cover)
Beck’s got a great eye/ear for covers…as I mentioned with his Nick Drake covers. He’s got the impressive, rare ability to retain much of what made the originals so great in the first place. In this case, it’s the slow, aimless draw of real country music, with Hank’s ever-flowing lyrics saving the song from misdirection.

More Beck here!

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