Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on May 4, 2011

DOWNLOAD: Eleanor Friedberger - My Mistakes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fiery Furnaces - Keep Me In The Dark (Eleanor cover version) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fiery Furnaces - The End Is Near (MP3)

Eleanor Friedberger

"Eleanor Friedberger is not just the enigmatic mouthpiece of The Fiery Furnaces, one of music's most interesting, dynamic and constantly exciting bands. In fact, Eleanor Friedberger is an exceptional songwriter herself, playing a variety of instruments and crafting the very sorts of choruses that made you fall in love with The Fiery Furnaces in the first place. She's a lover of Led Zeppelin and Jorge Ben; she's a fearless performer, as comfortable fronting a band as she is playing alone on a stage with an acoustic guitar; she's one of the sweetest alto voices in music. Nowhere is all of this more apparent than on her very first solo album, Last Summer, out on Merge Records on July 12th, 2011.

Last Summer, which was recorded, well, last summer, was born out of Take Me Round Again, a collection of cover songs from the previous Fiery Furnaces album. Both Eleanor and Matthew did their own inspired versions of songs they'd written together for their last LP I'm Going Away. Matt's were otherworldly affairs, while Eleanor's were lo-fi and lovely, all recorded in her home, the sound of an artist kicking off her shoes, settling into a big comfy chair with an acoustic guitar, a glass of scotch, and a four-track. She enjoyed the experience so much she decided to move forward with recording songs she had written in her spare time, songs that hadn't been included on any of The Fiery Furnaces' nine incredible albums." [Merge Records]

Download the first single "My Mistake," right over the cover art, above.

Go see the Fiery Furnaces on tour now. The tour kicks off with two NYC shows, tonight (5/4) and Thursday (5/5), at Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets are still available for both. According to someone who works at Thrill Jockey Records (home of the Furnaces), "It'll just be Matt playing the piano and Eleanor singing but they plan on doing simple renditions of as many Fiery Furnaces songs as time will allow! Like most Fiery Furnaces shows, it should be a completely new and unique experience."

The two "Fiery Furnaces" MP3s above are both from 2009 albums that were released via Thrill Jockey. "Keep Me In The Dark", from Take Me Round Again, is Eleanor's cover version of the FF song that first appeared on I'm Going Away. "The End Is Near" is an original track off I'm Going Away.

Eleanor will also be announcing a solo show today via BrooklynVegan.com. Stay tuned for that news coming soon (UPDATE: HERE IT IS. Meanwhile, you can see a list of all FF tour dates, below...

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The Fiery Furnaces -- 2011 Tour
Wed May 4 New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
Thu May 5 New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
Fri May 6 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Upstairs
Sat May 7 Cambridge, MA - Lizard Lounge (Two Shows)
Tue May 10 Chicago, IL - Schubas
Wed May 11 Chicago, IL - Schubas
Fri May 13 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
Sat May 14 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Tue May 17 Los Angeles, CA - Largo
Wed May 18 San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
Fri May 20 Austin, TX - Lambert's
Sat May 21 Austin, TX - Lambert's
Fri May 27 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

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Comments (30)

BOING!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 10:26 AM

speaking of cat's meow ... but seriously, i am so excited for this record. ever since the first ff one came out and i watched her blaze through those lyrics like some hybrid of patti smith and bob dylan on speed fronting a thrash band, she had me hooked. of course, seeing her around the neighborhood didn't hurt either. le sigh.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 10:31 AM

looking forward to the show tomorrow night!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 10:34 AM

This is awesome news. Eleanor is great and also has great bangs!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 10:35 AM

Continuously interesting and always creative, having The FF's and now Eleanor doing solo work is all for the better.
And good people too.

Posted by donn | May 4, 2011 10:41 AM

A face only her brother could love

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 10:43 AM

Still tickets available? Why do people not realize the genius of these two musicians?! Totally underrated band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 10:43 AM

"she's a fearless performer"

?!?!?

Onstage she has the charisma of a damp leaf!! Yeeesh.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 10:49 AM

"Onstage she has the charisma of a damp leaf!!"

That's the idea. The whole aloof, too cool for school thing works for her.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 10:53 AM

Fiery Furnaces at Rockwood Music Hall.. talk about intimate. If you've never seen this duo in person, I can't think of a better time to do so.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 10:56 AM

nice music just downloaded it now

Posted by bob revolution stroller | May 4, 2011 10:58 AM

"A face only her brother could love"

douche

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:00 AM

"Fiery Furnaces at Rockwood Music Hall.. talk about intimate."

Rockwood has actually expanded to a second 150 capacity room. Still intimate for sure, but not like the original space that only fit like 30 poeple. Now that would be awesome

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:02 AM

Years ago I saw them at Webster, a couple of years after that they were playing Bowery...last year I saw them at Mercury and now Rockwood. What gives?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:04 AM

"A face only her brother could love"

Lol, ouch. But I laughed and kinda agree. Maybe it's that hair...

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:13 AM

It would seem Alex Kapranos loves it too.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:29 AM

Music only her brother could love.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:29 AM

^ when did bv start getting populated bu such immature and uneducated filth? such a shame.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:54 AM

^^ the day you started coming by. pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:58 AM

A question responded by the very subject the question was about. I guess people will resort to anything to fill the void in their lives, lol!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 12:35 PM

POWER BANGS

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 12:39 PM

dude looks like a lady

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 12:58 PM

12:35 - KMA douche

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 1:01 PM

"My Mistake" is a Monty Python cover.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN-cNe4EpgE

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 1:33 PM

1:01: How bout a thorough retort instead of mongoloid name calling. Can you do that? Or are you too sensitive?

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 1:57 PM

11:02am

Had no idea. Thanks for the info.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 3:03 PM

what did the zero say to the eight?

Posted by George in NJ | May 6, 2011 2:48 PM

nice belt

Posted by donn | May 6, 2011 9:05 PM

Fiery Furnaces at Rockwood Music Hall.. talk about intimate. If you've never seen this duo in person, I can't think of a better time to do so.

Posted by Vista borrosa | July 15, 2011 2:36 PM

I can't think of a better time to do so.

Posted by ‪forum‬ | December 5, 2011 12:16 PM

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