Entering a photo contest, I had submitted this image to Fink's PR team as my viewfinder of downtown Los Angeles, seen through the lens of my thesis project. This morning, I received an email that I won, the prize being 2 tickets to Fink's El Rey show tomorrow night.
In addition to seeing Fink, the opening act is Douglas Dare, who I just saw two weeks ago at The Echo. Even though Douglas Dare had just gotten off a plane from the UK (beginning his US tour), and claimed to be slightly delirious, he still managed to move me nearly to tears. Listen to Lungful here to see why.
Fink's trip hop debut, Fresh Produce, was a favorite of mine on heavy rotation, circa 2000. Then around 2007, I saw Fink at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco. I believe it was his first solo US tour. I could be wrong since he was touring with his second solo LP, Distance and Time. The performance was just him alone on stage with a guitar, and his voice filled up the room more than any full band I had seen there. He was angelic and soulful, emotional storytelling, projected to every corner of the venue. When I talked to him after the show, I brought up Fresh Produce and he seemed almost embarrassed by it. He had shed that musical identity and had been reborn.
We Are Ninja was the trip hop track I had put on every mix at the time. For me, This is the Thing was the song that exemplified his musical rebirth.
I've never really won anything before so I'm even more grateful to see these beautiful vocalists and songwriters. If you're in Los Angeles, maybe I'll see you tomorrow at the El Rey.