Jon Brion / Fiona Apple / Matt Chamberlain

  • Los Angeles
  • United States
  • Largo
  • 2005-12-22

If you are smart enough to find your self at Largo (a cute little dimly lit restaurant/bar on Fairfax blvd.) on a Thursday or Friday night — chances are you will be a fortunate witness to a musical mad scientist called Jon Brion. If you are lucky enough, he will bring some of his amazingly talented, beautiful friends like Fiona Apple along to perform with him. Tonight, there was both.

…he has produced albums by Kanye West, Fiona Apple, and Rufus Wainwright

If you don’t already know, Jon Brion has composed soundtracks for films such as Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and I Heart Huckabees. He has collaborated with Elliot Smith, Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel, A Perfect Circle, David Byrne and countless others. He has produced albums by Kanye West, Fiona Apple, and Rufus Wainwright… I think you are starting to get the point.

Let me start by saying this guy definitely lived up to his reputation. Surrounded by a full bands worth of musical instruments, Jon displayed mind-blowing skill on all of them. He would lay down a nice drum beat, sample that, sit down at the piano and play something that would make Mozart proud, sample that, then pick up a guitar or two and continue to layer. The cake was looking better with every bit of frosting. He was singing, playing his ass off and drinking plenty of Guinness.

Just to add another dimension to this overly talented human being, Jon was actually quite funny throughout the night, cracking jokes and making up impromptu lyrics. With the help of studio drummer and friend Matt Chamberlain, he even managed to transform a Bee Gee’s tune into a 10-minute prog rock anthem.

…her voice was better than studio quality throughout

His wild energy and talent was only superceded by a surprise addition to the night, the definition of the word beauty — Fiona Apple. As soon as her nervous movements settled and she opened her mouth, my whole body was put into a trance until well after she sat back in her seat. Her voice was better than studio quality throughout. With intense lyrics, a stunning voice and playful looks into the audience, she was melting hearts and eardrums simultaneously.

It is so nice to be able to see such amazing musicians in this intimate of a location all while enjoying a lovely meal and some drinks. And to think I was going to pay much more money to see Fiona Apple in a much larger venue. I suggest a trip out to Largo weather you live near L.A. or not.

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