Entries tagged with: Eleanor Friedberger
by Andrew Sacher
Eleanor Friedberger's third solo album New View comes out next week (1/22) via Frenchkiss, and she's now streaming the whole thing via NPR. Like its two predecessors, it has Eleanor offering classic pop songwriting in favor of the quirkier sounds she made in Fiery Furnaces (the NPR review namedrops George Harrison and Van Morrison as comparisons), and she sounds great as ever this time around. It's also got really smooth production, courtesy of Clemens Knieper, who recorded Eleanor live to tape. Listen below.
Eleanor's tour has her in NYC on February 18 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). That show and a few others on the tour are with Big Thief opening. Big Thief is the Brooklyn-based band led by Adrianne Lenker (who also plays as a solo artist). They've got a couple releases out so far, mostly with an alt-singer/songwriter vibe that should pair pretty well with Eleanor. You can check out their recent single "Masterpiece" and some older material, and check out all of their dates (including Savannah Stopover and a couple with Yuck) below.
photo: L7 at FFF Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
SXSW already announced two rounds of 2016 artists, and today a third round was announced, including L7, Bloc Party, The Cult, Loretta Lynn, Waxahatchee, Frankie Cosmos, D∆WN, Polica, Dilly Dally, Eleanor Friedberger, Protomartyr, Holy Fuck, Ra Ra Riot, Fat White Family, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, All Dogs, Judy Collins & Ari Hest, The Dandy Warhols, Des Ark, Mick Jenkins, Lady Leshurr, Mitski, Supersuckers, Teen Suicide, together PANGEA, Turnover, Younghusband and more.
Full list of additions, below...
by Bill Pearis
Eleanor Friedberger has shared the video for "Sweetest Girl" from her forthcoming solo album New View. While no director is creditted, someone has become enamored with the magic wand tool on Photoshop. The song itself is a herky-jerky pop number with Friedberger's loquacious lyrical style in full effect. Check it out below.
Friedberger will kick off her New View tour next month at Bowery Ballroom (2/18) with Big Thief opening. Tickets are still available. She's added a lot more tour dates since our last post, including a stay in Austin for SXSW. Updated tour dates are listed below.
photos by P Squared
Dinosaur Jr with Kim Gordon / Kurt Vile / Steve Gunn @ Bowery Ballroom 12/3/2015
New York has always kind of been our home, even though we're from Massachusetts. In the early days it was really all about CBGB's and the other early clubs in New York; we played Boston but New York is what we always gravitated towards. J actually transferred to Hunter College from UMass to be closer to that music scene in the late '80s and also so he could be closer to Kim and Thurston from Sonic Youth. I don't know why, but we always thought New York was the coolest place, especially for punk rock. Plus, I actually grew up right outside of New York in the Stanford area. - [Murph in The Aquarian]Last night (12/3), Dinosaur Jr. began their seven-show run at Bowery Ballroom celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album. The night started with Henry Rollins introducing the band from the balcony, and J, Lou and Murph then cranked out 1985's Dinosaur (maybe the least typically Dinosaur Jr-y of any of their records) in full. There there was a break, which took longer than expected due to Lou having cable problems, and the real fun began with a second set which featured favorites from throughout their career...and a parade of special guests, three of whom shared the stage together at Webster Hall at Wednesday's Ground Control Touring 15th Anniversary party.
Steve Gunn came out to sing and play on "Yeah We Know" from Bug; then Eleanor Friedberger was brought out to sing "Get Me" from Where Ya Been (she playfully ripped up the lyric sheet, crumpled it into a ball and threw it into the audience and left the stage before the song was over); Kurt Vile sang and played guitar on "Crumble" (from Beyond). We'd see Kurt again before the night was over.
Finally, Kim Gordon came out for "Don't," much like she'd done three years ago at Terminal 5. Very much in rock star / karaoke mode, Kim mopped up the place, playing to the audience and offering the mic to folks in the front row to sing along. Then another break and the band came out with Kurt Vile again, as well as John Moloney on a second drum kit, for a killer cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." Setlist is below.
They do it again tonight (12/4) which is sold out. Who do you think might be tonight's special guests? More pics from Thursday's show below...
by Bill Pearis
Eleanor Friedberger has just shared the video for "He Didn't Mention His Mother," the first single from her forthcoming solo album, New View. Directors Mark & Spencer shot the video while Eleanor and her band (the members of Icewater) were making the album at a farm in Upstate NY, and mixed footage of them recording it live with scenes of downtime. The video's a nice little glimpse into that world and you can watch it below.
Eleanor Friedberger just played two small NYC shows where she previewed tracks from her forthcoming third solo album, New View. She's now announced a proper tour for 2016 which kicks off February 18 at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Tickets for Bowery go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/18) at noon. All tour dates, which include a show at Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre, are listed below.
New View will be out January 22 via Frenchkiss and you can listen to first single "He Didn't Mention His Mother," below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Eleanor Friedberger @ Union Pool 11/10/2015
Her third solo album, New View, isn't out till January but Eleanor Friedberger tested out the new material on live audiences at two small NYC shows this week. She played seven of New View's songs at Union Pool on Tuesday, November 10, which was the second of those shows. (She played Pianos on 11/9.) Setlist is below.
Icewater, who have been Eleanor's backing band for a while, opened the night with their own set. Pictures from their set, and more from Eleanor's, below...
Eleanor Friedberger is now on Frenchkiss after two albums on Merge, and she'll release her new album, New View, on January 22. That's the cover art, above, and tracklist is below. The album was recorded live to tape with producer Clemens Knieper on a farm in upstate NY with her backing band, Icewater. You can watch a trailer for the album, featuring Eleanor and the band recording "He Didn't Mention His Mother," below and check out the finished version of that song, too.
Eleanor's two small NYC shows are just a couple weeks away, playing Pianos on 11/9 with Katie Von Schleicher (tickets) and Union Pool on 11/10 with an opening set from Icewater (tickets). She's got a few West Coast dates ahead of NYC and all are listed below.
Eleanor Friedberger took time off from writing and recording her new album to appear in artist Sara Magenheimer's film False Alphabets, that was made through SoHo gallery Recess Art. In it she played the central role of a radio DJ. Eleanor took Magenheimer's script and used it as the basis for songs, the first of which -- "False Alphabet City" -- is out now and it's her first release for new label home, Frenchkiss. (She was on Merge before.) You can check it out via the video, made from footage in the film, below.
You can catch Eleanor in Brooklyn this weekend as she plays BAM Cafe Live on Saturday (10/10) at 7 PM which is free. Then she'll be playing some small shows next month on both coasts. After shows in LA and San Francisco, she'll come to NYC to play Pianos on November 9 and Union Pool on November 10 with Icewater (who are sometimes her backing band). No word on Pianos yet, but tickets Union Pool show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
photos by David Andrako
Eugene & Reggie / 'Bob's Burgers' songfest / Stephin Merritt / John Hodgman
The 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival happened over the weekend with events at The Bell House and Union Hall (and then a EMCF edition of StarTalk Live! on Monday at Beacon Theatre). Among this year's festivities: Mirman's 'Pretty Good Friends' show featured the work of Elegant Too, the production team behind the songs on Bob's Burgers. They brought up different performers to sing the songs, including Jon Spencer & Cristina Martinez (Boss Hog, etc) who did "Sex Song" and a couple others, AC Newman and Eleanor Friedberger performed "Fart School for the Gifted" and "Electric Love" and Mirman sang "Gene's Snake Song." They brought out everyone at the end to cover Blondie's "One Way or Another."
On Sunday, since the Emmys were happening in real life at the same time, the EMCF hosted the Fake Emmys. It should be noted that there were a few past EMCF performers up for real awards, including Amy Schumer, Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, John Oliver, Josh Gondelman, John Mulaney, Louis CK, not to mention Archer and Bob's Burgers
Other fun things at this year's fest: Mirman hired a mariachi band to play the crowd out; there was free ice cream for everyone on Saturday night; and there were curiosities like the "Eye Contact Booth with Eugene" booths where you could "Get Local Real Estate advice" and "Swear at a Local Broker" and outside Bell House was the "Bounce with someone we paid to compliment you in a bouncy castle." Also: Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Jessi Klein, Janeane Garofalo, Ira Glass, Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, Jon Benjamin and many more.
Check out more pictures from the 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival below...
photo: Eleanor Friedberger @ MHOW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eleanor Friedberger has been chilling on the West Coast, writing and recording her new album for Merge. She told the Santa Barbara Noozhawk a little about how its going:
It's exciting to do the traditional route, which I've never done. I have some songs and we're working on them together and fleshing them out, and arranging them. And then these guys are actually going to record the record with me, and then we'll tour on those songs. I know that's what most bands do, but I've never actually done it that way.While there's no title or release date for the new album, you will likely get to hear new songs when Eleanor and her band play NYC's Rough Trade on May 3. Tickets go on AmEx presale today (4/8) at noon, with the public on-sale starting Friday (4/10) at noon.
That's the only scheduled show for Friedberger at the moment. You can stream 2013's Personal Record, below...
We posted this when it was first announced, but here's a reminder about the three day event happening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this weekend (11/6-11/8):
Part of 2014 Next Wave FestivalTickets are available at BAM's site.
The Andy Warhol Museum and Dean Wareham
Featuring live performances by:
Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound)
Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces)
Martin Rev (Suicide)
Tom Verlaine (Television)
Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna)
The films of Andy Warhol are provocative milestones of underground cinema, flaunting convention simply by letting the gritty world be itself. They include a motionless eight-hour shot of the Empire State Building, a short of Lou Reed drinking a Coke, and erotic acts aplenty.
In Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films, curated by The Andy Warhol Museum, 15 never-before-seen, digitally restored selections from the 1960s are unveiled. Five artists representing a musical trajectory from the post-Velvet Underground 70s to today--Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna), Tom Verlaine (Television), Martin Rev (Suicide), Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces), and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound)--perform live alongside Warhol's celluloid oeuvre, featuring Marcel Duchamp, Edie Sedgwick, Donovan, Warhol himself, and others.
Television also have some shows coming up.
Luna do too!
Martin Rev recently played with Zola Jesus.
Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew was set to begin a US tour in Portland tonight (9/23). That tour was supposed to visit Brooklyn on 9/26 for a show with Eleanor Friedberger, but we just realized that all of these dates have been cancelled with the following message from Kevin:
I am sorry to have to cancel these shows....This is the 2nd time this year Kevin had problems getting to the USA. The list of cancelled dates is below...
There is nothing i like more than playing for people and feeling connected with the ceiling of peoples party smiles....
but sometimes the state of before can shut down the anticipation of after.
What I mean is....
life has happened and i cannot make these dates work anymore.
Please, for all those who are disappointed....
buy a strobe light and blare DARLINGS in your bedroom.
love and love
Majical Cloudz at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The full lineup for Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape (9/12-13) has now been announced. Joining the lineup of Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Julia Holter, Tim Hecker and more will be Majical Cloudz, Eleanor Friedberger, British folk veteran Michael Chapman, Torn Hawk, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw, Gold Dime with Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal) and more. Full lineup and more details, via Pitchfork who were involved in organizing the fest, below.
Additionally, the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days after Basilica will be played in full every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.
For Majical Cloudz, this festival happens right before their tour with Lorde hits NYC for three dates.
Tickets for the festival are still available. More details below...
Honduras are playing Mercury Lounge on May 25. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Dig Deeper is presenting a show with The Conscious Minds (fka The Gaylads), Crazy Baldhead, DJ Scratch Famous, DJ Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky at Littlefield on April 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
RSVP is still open for our $3 Woods, Weyes Blood, Woolen Men, Cassie Ramone show happening at Baby's All Right on Tuesday. First 100 people through the door will get a ticket good for a black light-friendly show poster.
Guitarists Vernon Reid, Robben Ford, Oz Noy, Earl Slick, Alex Skolnick, and Guthrie Trapp will all perform at a D'Addario launch event the Carle Place Guitar Center on Long Island on Thursday, May 1st at 6PM. FREE.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The War on Drugs at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by PSquared)
As you may know, the Northside Festival returns to multiple Brooklyn venues from June 12-15 this year, and includes Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus & Eagulls, CHVRCHES, Albert Hammond Jr., Dead Milkmen and more.
There have since been new additions to the schedule, including two big outdoor, all ages shows at the 6000-capacity 50 Kent (formerly Williamsburg Park, entrance at N. 12th). The first is The War on Drugs on Friday, June 13 ($20 adv, $25 day of) and then it's Beirut on Saturday, June 14 ($35 adv and day of). Tickets will be on sale soon via Northside Fest's site. These not-free big outdoor shows are in addition to the free big outdoor shows in McCarren Park with CHVRCHES (6/15) and one more TBA.
Other lineup additions include Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Eleanor Friedberger, Lust for Youth, Diane Coffee, Talib Kweli, Ava Luna, Yvette, Benjamin Booker (touring with Courtney Barnett), The Barr Brothers and Shamir (live debut). More info on exact venues and individual tickets will be available soon at Northside Fest's site where you can also buy a festival badge (Early Bird Music Badges ($65), Innovation Badges ($245), Film Badges ($25), and Premium Badges ($275) are on sale).
There's also a film portion, including the NY premieres of Homemakers (dir. Colin Healey), the Oscilloscope-presented of Montreal documentary The Past is a Grotesque Animal (dir. Jason Miller), and Whiffed Out (dir. Jason Giampietro), and the Brooklyn premiere of Summer of Blood (dir. Onur Tukel). More info on the film portion here.
Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront, 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned a couple times, Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, culminating in the Merge 25 festival in Carrboro, NC from July 23 - 26. They've just released the full line-up which now includes appearances from Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin.
That's in addition to previously-announced performers Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language. Festival passes are sold out, but individual tickets to some of the shows are still available. Day-by-day lineups and ticket info below.
Let's hope this means Teenage Fanclub, David Kilgour, Caribou and some of the other out-of-country performers work in other dates while in the U.S. The Clientele are touring, as are the reunited The Rock*A*Teens.
Merge 25 line-ups & individual show ticket info below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Trad-indie torch carriers Speedy Ortiz have been doing a ton of touring this year, many NYC shows included, and that show-count will increase even more this month when the Northampton, MA band returns for CMJ.
The first of their currently announced CMJ appearances is the previously discussed Panache showcase happening on 10/17 at Baby's All Right (146 Broadway) with Hunters, Ex-Cult, Calvin Love, Homeshake and Big Ups. More info at the Facebook event. Flyer below.
Then they play Pitchfork's unnoficial show happening at 285 Kent on 10/18 with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Priests, Joanna Gruesome, Perfect Pussy, Eleanor Friedberger (solo), and Courtney Barnett. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
Lastly (for now at least), they play the previously discussed Exploding In Sound Records showcase at Silent Barn on 10/19 with Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, Grass Is Green, Kal Marks, Palehound, Krill, Roomrunner, and Porches.
After CMJ, Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis will take part in the Elliott Smith tribute at Glasslands on 10/21 which also features Cat Power, Cole of DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Marissa Nadler and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
And then just after that, Speedy will join Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis for another Brooklyn show at The Flat on 10/23. More details on that show TBA. Dinosaur Jr. will be back in NYC in December to open for MGMT at Barclays Center (12/13) (tickets).
Meanwhile, speaking of Pitchfork CMJ, they're doing another unofficial show at 285 Kent on 10/19 with an electronic-oriented lineup of Ryan Hemsworth, Kelela, Traxman, The Range, Jahiliyya Field, Huerco S, and Mas Ysa. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer and schedule below.
All Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with show flyers and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
German psychedelic rockers Okta Logue just put out their new record, Tales of Transit City via The End Records in the US (and Sony/Columbia worldwide). The record owes much of its influence to the sounds of the late '60s and early-mid '70s, with hints of Pink Floyd's proggy psych atmospheres and the bluesy jamming of the Dead. And somebody was listening to the harmonies of John, Paul, George and Ringo when they wrote "Mr. Busdriver." Tales of Transit City isn't only a retro thing though. Though Okta Logue love the sounds of yesteryear, they do them in a way that suggests they're fans of some modern bands like The Walkmen and The Helio Sequence too. Check out two videos from the album and a Spotify stream of the whole thing, below.
Okta Logue are kicking off a North American tour in NYC tonight (10/2) at Mercury Lounge with NYC chamber pop collective Friend Roulette, who sound like they've heard a few Sufjan records in their time (stream their I'm Sorry You Hit Your Head LP below). Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
After making their way around the US and Canada, Okta Logue return to NYC for CMJ, where they'll play the previously discussed Long Winters show at Bowery Ballroom (10/18), which also includes Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, and Promised Land Sound (sold out).
photos by P Squared
Superchunk w/ Eleanor Friedberger @ Bowery Ballroom, 9/28/2013
For more than two decades, minus a few years hiatus, Superchunk has consistently released high quality albums filled with excellent songs. There's not a clunker among any of their ten studio albums -- heck, there isn't even a bad song in their catalog. The newest release came out last month, and I Hate Music not only continues the streak, but its one of the strongest albums in their history. The band is currently on tour in support of the album and performed two shows at Bowery Ballroom this weekend, and we were there for Saturday's barnburner. Superchunk opened the show on high octane, working through a democratic mix of songs from the new album interspersed with the classics in an hour-long set that barely came up for air. And the very-sold out crowd was with them throughout. - [NYC Taper]Superchunk's current tour hit NYC over the weekend for two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows with openers Spider Bags. We were there for Saturday's show (9/28) and photos from the show are in this post. If the band looks a little different, it's because bassist Laura Ballance is sitting out touring due to hearing condition hyperacusis, and was subbed by Jason Narducy of Bob Mould's band.
They brought out Merge labelmate Eleanor Friedberger during the first encore to sing Patti Smith's "Free Money" and the Ramones' "Oh Oh I Love her" and then Mac McCaughan and drummer Jon Wurster switched places allowing Wurster to sing on covers of The Misfits' "20 Eyes" and Black Flag's "My War." Setlist is below, as are a couple streams from NYC Taper's terrific sounding recording of the whole show which you can download over his way.
Mac and the rest of the band were busy while they were here. They stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (9/27) to play "Void" from their new album I Hate Music and their 1994 nugget "Driveway to Driveway" as a web exclusive. You can watch those below. Then on Saturday, they spent most of the day at Bushwick's Shea Stadium filming a new music video, so look out for that soon.
More pics from Saturday's Bowery Ballroom show, plus the setlist, live recordings and Fallon videos, below...
As they do every year, Seattle radio station KEXP will be in NYC for CMJ broadcasting live and hosting free performances from some of this year's participating bands. This year, they'll be broadcasting from Greenwich Village's Judson Memorial Church from 9 AM to 5 PM on October 16, 17 & 18. This year's KEXP live performance line-up is this:
WEDNESDAY, OCT 16: Bear Ceuse (10 AM), Lee Fields & the Expressions (noon), Weekend (2 PM) and The Helio Sequence (4:30 PM)The performances are free and open to the public with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.
THURSDAY, OCT 17: TBA (10 AM), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2 PM) and Ski Lodge (4 PM)
FRIDAY, OCT 18: HAERTS (10 AM), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2 PM) and Ghost Wave (4 PM)
Bear Ceuse's Adam Horne will probably not be doing any of his kids songs parodies, but you never know.
photos by Melissa O'Hearn
John Roderick @ Soundwave tent, Bumbershoot 2013
While The Long Winters haven't released an album since 2006's Putting the Days to Bed, the band has never officially broken up, though it's mainly frontman John Roderick at this point. However, as mentioned, he's gotten the old band back together to play the Barsuk Anniversary celebration in Seattle this November. Specifically, they'll be performing 2003's terrific When I Pretend to Fall in full, with the line-up that made and toured the record. If you've never listened to the album, you can stream it via Spotify or Rdio.
Before that happens, The Long Winters will be doing the same here in New York during CMJ at Bowery Ballroom on October 18. The band line-up for that show is Roderick, Michael Shilling on drums, and Sean Nelson on keyboard. Bassist Eric Corson, who's playing the Barsuk anniversary, can't make the NYC show, unfortunately. Like with most CMJ shows, there's a zillion bands playing and the Bowery bill also features Eleanor Friedberger, Reuben and the Dark, Kan Wakan, Promised Land Sound, and Okta Logue. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/6) at noon.
John Roderick talked a bit about the reunion when he visited The Soundwave Tent at Bumbershoot in Seattle this past weekend during the BV-hosted portion of the day (Sunday, 9/1, which was "Barsuk Day"). He and host Dave Hill chatted while dueling it out via guitar solos. Pictures from Roderick's visit to the Soundwave tent are in this post. More of them below....
The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon happens from October 15 - 19 at clubs all over New York City. As we've been tweeting about at @BVCMJ, tonight (8/27), the CMJ folks held an announcement party at Bowery Electric with live performances from Weekend and Magic Man.
They also announced their initial line-up for this year's fest, which includes Kevin Drew, The Long Winters, Real Estate, Obits, The Dismemberment Plan (Terminal 5), Pelican (who are playing both of our Invisible Oranges showcases at Saint Vitus), Jacco Gardner, Good Riddance, Godflesh, Eagulls, the Pendu Sound showcase, and many more.
We'll have a set of pics from Weekend and Magic Man soon, but for now peruse the full initial CMJ 2013 line-up below.
What has being "Eleanor Friedberger" brought you that being a Fiery Furnace hasn't?Eleanor Friedberger has been busy since the release of her second solo album, Personal Record. She's done a headlining tour of North America (including a hometown show at MHOW), and she's about to head to Europe to do the same. And when she returns she'll go out on the road opening on Colin Meloy's upcoming solo tour, including the NYC show at Town Hall on November 1. Tickets to that show are still available.
Eleanor Friedberger: Well, if it doesn't sound too corny, it's helped me tremendously... become a more well-rounded person. Doing things with my brother, I was very quick to let him take over. It becomes more obvious to me now as time has passed. I think it's about getting older too, but I feel so much more in control of what's happening. I have so much fun onstage now and I don't remember feeling that way before. Not that it was the opposite of fun, but it was something else. It was really tense... really hard. Fiery Furnaces shows were so physical, like a sporting event. Now I have fun on stage and I hope that's apparent. It's a very different feeling for me.
In the midst of all this, Eleanor also found time to appear on the sixth installment of our BV Studio Sessions recorded at Butler Recording in Bushwick. She and her band performed "My Own World," "Singing Time" and "Roosevelt Island." Big thanks to Jessica Amaya, Albert Amaya, David Andrako and Chris La Putt for making this look (and sound) great. Dig into Eleanor's set at the bottom of this post.
Pictures from Eleanor's BV Sessions, the videos, and her upcoming tour schedule are all below.