Head cheese



Leslie Feist’s first show was opening for the Ramones, after winning a battle of the bands while still in high school. A decade removed, Feist is established. Her lovely voice steals in with a gentle, buttery grace, which colors her jazzy, cabaret-pop beautifully. Feist’s monomanias come in her waking moments:

5. I’ve been asleep on the bus, and I was gently nudged awake, so I’ve got a lot of sleepy things on my mind. I just finished reading The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov, and I just realized that all my beautiful, surreal dreams were biting his style.

4. We havea nutritionist/massage therapist/ merchandise seller. I realized it’s only a short walk from the massage therapist to having your own venue built in Vegas like Celine Dion.

3. I’ve got GarageBand on my computer. It’s almost a game it’s so simple. You don’t even need a microphone, you just sing into the air near your computer and it hears you. Last night I did my first multitracking on it. So I’m going to spend today learning its ins and outs.

2. Looking out all I can see is tree-lined streets, it could be anywhere in the world, but it’s Montreal, one of my favorite places. You can be downtown, have you breakfast in a great little diner, practice your French, and then five seconds later you’re at the foot of the Mountain, a beautiful park covered in a network of paths and forest.

1. I’m torn between duck-billed platypus and coffee. I’m so not awake. The platypus walked in, and he’s right in the middle of The Master and Margarita.


Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Majestic Theatre, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700, with Broken Social Scene.

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