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Leslie Feist -- best known simply as Feist -- was a respected member of the Canadian alternative music community before becoming an international pop sensation with the success for her albums Let It Die and The Reminder. Feist was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada on February 13, 1976. Her father Harold is a respected abstract painter and academic, while her mother Lyn is also a visual artist who works in ceramics. Feist was a baby when her parents divorced, and her mother relocated to Regina, Saskatchewan with young Leslie and her older brother Ben. Growing up in Regina and later Calgary, Leslie was a good student who hoped to become a writer, and developed an interest in music after joining a youth choir. When Leslie was 15, her creative ambitions took a sharp turn when she joined a Calgary-based punk band, Placebo (no relation to the later U.K.-based neo-glam outfit) in 1991. In 1993, Placebo won a Battle of the Bands that earned them a spot at a rock festival opening for the Ramones, and in 1995 the group would release an EP, Don't Drink the Bathwater. However, Feist was an inexperienced vocalist who had trouble keeping up with the group's powerful stage volume, and in 1996 she left Placebo when she began to experience damage to her vocal cords. Feist left Calgary for Toronto, and was advised by a doctor not to sing for six months. As she settled in her new hometown, Feist used her downtime from singing to work on her instrumental abilities; she taught herself guitar and began writing songs using a four-track recording setup, and also picked up the bass and played for a spell in the band Noah's Arkweld. In 1998, she became rhythm guitarist with the indie rock outfit By Divine Right, and appeared on their 1999 album Bless This Mess. During her time with By Divine Right, Feist began piecing together the songs she'd been writing and released her first album, Monarch (Lay Down Your Jeweled Head). Most copies of the disc were sold at the merch table at shows, and it received little notice at the time. After leaving By Divine Right, Feist shared an apartment with a fellow independent musician, Merrill Nisker. As Nisker began shaping her lascivious stage persona Peaches, Feist became part of the act, performing with sock puppets on-stage, providing backing vocals, and singing on Peaches' debut album, The Teaches of Peaches. (She would also contribute vocals to Peaches' 2006 album Impeach My Bush.) After touring the U.K. with Peaches, in 2001 Feist returned home to Toronto and was invited to join the indie rock band and musicians' collective Broken Social Scene by founder Kevin Drew. After touring with Broken Social Scene, she contributed vocals to their 2002 album You Forgot It in People, which earned rave reviews as well as a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. Later in 2002, Feist left Toronto for Paris, France, and with the help of producers and instrumentalists Chilly Gonzales (whom she had met while working with Peaches) and Renaud Letang (best known for his work with Manu Chao), she began work on her second solo effort. Released in 2004, Let It Die was a strikingly accomplished fusion of pop, folk, indie, electronic, and Latin influences, which provided an impressive showcase for Feist's cool but powerful vocal stylings. The album won enthusiastic reviews and impressive sales by indie standards, while the track "Mushaboom" became a successful single; Let It Die won the Juno Award for Best Alternative Rock Album, while Feist took home the trophy for Best New Artist. As Feist worked on her third album, in 2006 she released a collection called Open Season, which featured remixes, collaborative recordings, and other odds and ends. While Let It Die made Feist into a major indie success story, 2007's The Reminder turned her into a bona fide pop star; it entered the Canadian album charts at number two, and debuted at number 16 in the United States. The album was already selling well when Apple used the song "1234" in a TV spot for the iPod Nano; the commercial seemingly did as much to sell the song as it did the audio player, and pushed "1234" into the Top Ten of the U.S. singles charts on the strength of paid downloads alone. "My Moon, My Man" and "I Feel It All" also fared well as singles, while The Reminder earned Feist a gold record in the United States and sold over a million copies internationally, as well as winning her another five Juno Awards. The success of The Reminder led to a number of interesting collaborations for Feist: she appeared on Stephen Colbert's 2008 holiday special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All, sang a duet with Jeff Tweedy on Wilco's 2009 release Wilco: The Album, contributed to a Skip Spence tribute album curated by Beck (it also featured Wilco, Jamie Lidell, and James Gadson), appeared in a short film directed by Kevin Drew titled The Water, and performed a rewritten version of "1234" on Sesame Street with the Muppets. She also reunited with Broken Social Scene for a handful of live appearances, one of which was shot by director Bruce McDonald for the film This Movie Is Broken. However, while Feist was enjoying working with others, she put a self-imposed moratorium on creating new music of her own for several years, instead working with filmmaker Anthony Seck on a documentary about the recording of The Reminder and her subsequent concert tour, entitled Look at What the Light Did Now. In 2011, Feist returned with a new album, Metals, a low-key set that was well received but noticeably less poppy than The Reminder. During subsequent years, she kept busy while not releasing much Feist material: she wrote a song for one of the Twilight movies ("Fire in the Water"), made an appearance in the 2011 film The Muppets, collaborated on a split single with the witty heavy metal band Mastodon for Record Store Day 2012, performed at the tenth-anniversary festival of the Arts & Crafts label in 2013, and made appearances on recordings by friends including Mocky and Kevin Drew. When Feist re-emerged with her fifth studio album and first in five-and-a-half years, she explored themes of various emotional states. Pleasure arrived in the spring of 2017 alongside a schedule of international music festival appearances. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Feist

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    14 songs

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    2 songs

    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    3 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    1 song

Albums by
Feist

Top Songs by
Feist

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   1234
  3.   My Moon My Man
  4.   I Feel It All
  5.   How Come You Never Go There
  6.   The Bad in Each Other
  7.   Mushaboom
  8.   So Sorry
  9.   Gatekeeper
  10.   The Limit to Your Love
  11.   Graveyard
  12.   Brandy Alexander
  13.   Cicadas and Gulls
  14.   Let It Die
  15.   Islands in the Stream
  16.   How My Heart Behaves
  17.   Leisure Suite
  18.   One Evening
  19.   Secret Heart
  20.   Caught a Long Wind
  21.   Bittersweet Melodies
  22.   Pleasure
  23.   The Park
  24.   Inside and Out
  25.   Now at Last
  26.   Anti-Pioneer
  27.   Get It Wrong, Get It Right
  28.   The Water
  29.   Get Not High, Get Not Low
  30.   Any Party
  31.   Baby Be Simple
  32.   Century
  33.   Past in Present
  34.   Intuition
  35.   Lonely Lonely
  36.   Comfort Me
  37.   A Commotion
  38.   When I Was a Young Girl
  39.   I Wish I Didn't Miss You
  40.   Funkster Dub
  41.   Fire In the Water
  42.   Sealion
  43.   Undiscovered First
  44.   Fightin' Away The Tears (with Mocky)
  45.   Surge
  46.   A Man Is Not His Song
  47.   Desire
  48.   The Wind
  49.   Too Many Heros
  50.   Young Up
  51.   Lost Dreams
  52.   Anubian Scribe
  53.   Ethernal
  54.   Sex on a Park Bench
  55.   Electromantra
  56.   Karash Electro Lovelight
  57.   Can of Worms
  58.   Ariel Summit
  59.   Appliance Friction
  60.   Alien Menagerie
  61.   Non Contract Killing
  62.   Magnifeek
  63.   Grass Roots
  64.   Disclaimer by Silver-E
  65.   The Circle Married the Line
  66.   Ether Excursion
  67.   Neinord
  68.   Island in the Stream by Constantines
  69.   Islands in the Stream
  70.   Somewhere Down the Road
  71.   Honey Honey
  72.   Fightin' Away the Tears by Mocky
  73.   Snow Lion by Readymade
  74.   Tout Doucement
  75.   Too Many Heroes
  76.   New World Penetration
  77.   Intro
  78.   Lovertits (Ft Gonzales)
  79.   I'm Not Running Away
  80.   Applied Plant Higher
  81.   The Domno Effect
  82.   Inesctiside
  83.   Pippa Gets Blasted
  84.   Glacier
  85.   Venusian
  86.   Locust Day
  87.   Black Tongue
  88.   Actual Window Shopping by Tacye
  89.   Actual Windo Shopping by Tacye
  90.   Simple Story