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Members Of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Parquet Courts, Dismemberment Plan, & More To Join Forces For Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5

I first learned about the music scene roulette known as the Rock Lottery when some industrious creative types in Columbus started throwing their own annual holiday spinoff, the Rock Potluck, about a decade ago. But Rock Lottery, which returns to Brooklyn for the fifth time this December with a star-studded lineup, actually had its root… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 4, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Blueberry Boat Turns 10

I spent the summer of 2004 living in Athens, Ohio, my one summer on campus during a four-year stint at Ohio University. Athens is an exceptionally sleepy place in the summer, a tiny rural college town 90 minutes southeast of Columbus. Ostensibly I was helping to run the weekly summer edition of our campus newspaper,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 14, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Eleanor Friedberger – “My Own World” Video

The Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger gave us the supremely likable solo album Personal Record earlier this year, and she’s now made four videos with the reliably funny director Scott Jacobson. The latest of those is for the Personal Record song “My Own World,” and it stars indie actress Kate Lyn Sheil as a young woma… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2013 - 10:33 am

Watch Eleanor Friedberger Play Fallon

Last month, the Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger released Personal Record, a lush, incisive, and utterly winning solo album, a more straightforward and immediate piece of music than anything she’s ever recorded with her brother Matthew. And last night, Friedberger was the musical guest on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where she rocked a Kentucky tuxedo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 11, 2013 - 10:34 am

Q&A: Fiery Furnaces Frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger Discusses Her Brand New Personal Record

Next month Eleanor Friedberger will release Personal Record — her second solo album and the follow up to her excellent 2011 offering, Last Summer. Co-written with Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Friedberger’s sophomore solo outing further showcases her ability to write warm, ebullient pop songs and infuse them with lyrics that are not only… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / May 7, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Eleanor Friedberger – “Stare At The Sun”

The Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger has made a new solo album called Personal Record, one that she co-wrote with the musician and writer Wesley Stace (who records as John Wesley Harding). The album arrives this summer, and the first single “Stare At The Sun” is a wordy, gently rollicking track that recalls ’70s studio-rock without… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 3:30 pm

New Fiery Furnaces Video – “Even In The Rain”

Before Matthew Friedberger was in a “feud” with Radiohead, he and his sis Eleanor were working hard to get the word out about their eighth album, the Jason Loewenstein-assisted I’m Going Away via sunny piano-lined tracks like “The End Is Near” and wordy rockers a la “Charmaine Champagne.” They lighten things up again in thi… More »

By: brandon / December 3, 2009 - 4:17 pm

Matt Friedberger Responds To Beck

The Fiery Furnace is indeed fiery in his “Unedited Blog Post” and “Imaginary Response!” to Beck’s “Harry Partch.” Note: The sentence “That was written in a style I associate with a certain sort of Zappa fan” appears in one of them. Grab your decoder ring. More »

By: brandon / November 19, 2009 - 5:08 pm

New Beck – “Harry Partch”

Harry Patch, the longest surviving UK veteran of World War I, lived an honorable life, his very existence serving as a reminder to countless others of how far we’ve come, and at what cost, in matters of international conflict and discourse. And thanks to an initially subpar rocker beef that’s blossomed into something going o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 18, 2009 - 4:47 pm

Fiery Furnaces Discuss Radiohead “Feud”

Matthew Friedberger owns up to his unpopular Radiohead “fuck you” (“I don’t have any time for them. There’s a lot of music.”). He also says he was misquoted but thinks self-censorship and “trying to control the context” are no fun. More at Vish Khanna. More »

By: brandon / November 11, 2009 - 5:34 pm

Stream Fiery Furnaces’ Fiery Furnaces Cover Record

Take Me Round Again finds Radiohead fans the Fiery Furnaces covering the dozen songs on their eighth album I’m Going Away. Each Friedberger reworks six. Listen at Fina. More »

By: brandon / November 10, 2009 - 5:22 pm

Fiery Furnaces To Radiohead: “Fuck You”

Matthew Friedberger clearly thought Radiohead wrote a song about American composer Harry Partch not UK old guy Harry Patch when he told them to fuck off for “brazenly and arbitrarily associating yourself with things that you know people consider cool.” Bogus. More »

By: brandon / November 5, 2009 - 9:29 am

Fiery Furnaces To Cover The Fiery Furnaces

Ever the conceptualists, “Matthew and Eleanor are taking time out from watching season two of Mad Men to record separate, complete, cover, tribute, albums, of, to, I’m Going Away. Only the words will remain the same.” Keep eyes/ears peeled in September. More info at More »

By: brandon / July 28, 2009 - 10:47 am

New Fiery Furnaces Video – “Charmaine Champagne”

Following an entertaining video interview with Joe and I’m Going Away’s piano-woven sing-along “The End Is Near,” the Fiery Furnaces have put together an artsy Phillip Niemeyer-directed clip for “Charmaine Champagne.” (Thanks for the tip, Matt.) Eleanor and Matt (not our tipster) show up sans Jason Loewenstein to nod along and shake a leg –… More »

By: brandon / July 23, 2009 - 1:27 pm

Old Folks Review Dirty Projectors, Interview Fiery Furnaces

The last time Scott checked in with the old folks (his favorite folks) of Breakfast At Sulmay’s, he requested they do Dirty Projectors next. And so they did. Seeing how polarizing the arty Brooklyn band’s Bitte Orca can be among the Stereogum readership, whose average age is a mere 57, just imagine these seniors’ response. More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 22, 2009 - 5:59 pm

New Fiery Furnaces – “The End is Near” (Stereogum Premiere)

When we reported on the ever productive, conceptually minded Fiery Furnaces forthcoming eighth album I’m Going Away, we passed along Eleanor and Matt’s essential Taxi vs. Titanic theories, noted the 12-song collection was recorded and mixed by Sebadoh’s Jason Loewenstein (who also played bass on it), and passed along the label’s description of the doze… More »

By: brandon / June 9, 2009 - 10:27 am

New Fiery Furnaces Album Out This Summer

It’s called I’m Going Away, but the conceptually minded Eleanor and Matthew and Friedberger clearly aren’t going anywhere: This is their eighth full-length since 2003. Mixing things up a bit, the 12-song collection was recorded and mixed by Sebadoh’s Jason Loewenstein, who also played bass on it. According to the label I’m Going Away’s “a… More »

By: brandon / April 27, 2009 - 5:39 pm

New Live Fiery Furnaces – “Wicker Whatnots”

If you’ve seen two Fiery Furnaces concerts, odds are one left you totally blown away, and the other left you totally confused. The Friedbergers do not play the same show twice — not in song choice, and definitely not in song arrangement, each show bringing de novo interpretations of tunes’ structure, time signature, composition, etc. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 25, 2008 - 3:53 pm

The Fiery Furnaces

Fiery Furnaces are the arty Brooklyn-based brother/sister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger. More »

By: jim / July 16, 2008 - 6:04 am

Bonnaroo: It’s A (Photo) Wrap

The tents are collapsed, the recycling collected, the hippies headed to the showers (j/k hippies don’t take showers). Bonnaroo ’08 now belongs to the chemically enhanced memories of its campers, and to message boards worldwide as people bitch about Kanye’s ego. Consider this the scroll-y cork in our coverage of the fest for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 16, 2008 - 6:07 am
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