One of the special releases that sold out fastest at this year's Record Store Day was a split 7-inch between metal Goliath Mastodon and the decidedly more petite Feist.
After meeting on a U.K. TV show, the two acts decided to cover each other, with Feist choosing the song "Black Tongue" from Mastodon's latest album, The Hunter, and Mastodon opting for "A Commotion" off Metals, Feist's new album.
This collaboration might seem an odd choice for Feist, a longtime member of indie supergroup Broken Social Scene.
But a closer examination of Feist's resume makes it seem like an almost natural fit. She opened for The Ramones at age 15 as part of the punk act Placebo and later roomed with Merrill Nisker, better known as electro slut-rock superstar Peaches.
It only takes a single listen to her version of "Black Tongue," with percussion like drunken footfalls on a creaky staircase, to know it was another in a long series of good decisions.