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Owen Pallett bravely battles the rain in this epic performance of a new Final Fantasy track, “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt.” It’ll ostensibly appear on the endlessly delayed (and desired) Heartland. With rain pounding the stage and concerned stage hands telling him to pull the plug and cover cables with plastic, Pallett requests “just let me finish this song” (later letting them know “just one more minute”), continuing to scissor his violin to the crowd’s obvious delight. (From certain angles, he looks like he’s piloting a boat through a storm.) The super clear footage was shot by Graeme Phillips, Mark Sloggett, and Jeff Mew. (Thanks for the tip, Colin.) It takes place at the Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ontario right before a rain delay. There should be a He Poos Clouds joke in here somewhere, I know.

Curious who had to follow that up when the rain finally stopped.

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Comments (20)
  1. This is pretty amazing. Just saw Owen at the Pitchfork festival and he played mostly new songs which made me excited for the new album.

    This performance here though was just epic.

  2. owen  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    Every Final Fantasy performance should be accompanied by extremely epic weather conditions. So good!

  3. dru  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    great to see him happy. last few times i saw him he was extremely sick of touring the old songs and was in a terrible mood throughout the entire show.

    wonderful performance.

  4. Radio Zero  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    Lewis has man-boobs.

  5. Karen S.  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    This song makes me want to take my shirt off…for Owen Pallett! Whoops, I said too much! :)

    • Tibi P  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

      Yeah, well too bad he’s a declared homosexual. :)

      • Radio Zero  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

        That’s ok, Karen….though he is a declared homosexual….he still hasn’t filed the official paperwork yet….so you still have a shot.

  6. Andrew Cariboni  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    This video is amazing. God bless whoever filmed this!

  7. Ah, Guelph, the best city in the world.
    So deserved, and can’t believe I wasn’t there.

  8. Graeme  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    Thanks for posting our video. He actually came out and played more songs after the break. I’ll post more real soon

  9. will  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    i will remember this concert for ever…i am still riding the high it gave me…electrifying!

  10. I’ve never seen a video on Youtube that has actually given me chills until now.

  11. wow, was just gonna say the same thing. gave me chills when the rain poured and the crowd screamed and he kept trudging along. saw him from afar at pitchfork and definitely going to be checking out more final fantasy.

  12. Hey the guy who filmed it is ‘wefanscomingsoon’ and he has tons a kilelr footage on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?feature=moby&search_query=wefanscomingsoon&search_type=&aq=f

  13. Emma  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    I’m also sad the Family Thrift Store closed down.

  14. That was magical.

  15. owen pallett is my favorite current artist and this video is exactly why.

  16. eh  |   Posted on Dec 10th, 2009 0

    Man, this video is insanely mesmorizing. I’ve seen this clip about 10 times now and it never fails to give me the chills. How is this video so awesome?

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