The Fiery Furnaces @ Middle East Downstairs (6/12/09) (gikthechamp)
Fiery Furnaces

"Eleanor kept mentioning how most of the new songs were about ex-boyfriends, and at one point was almost apologizing for that fact, joking that they were now out of ideas. She shouldn't be so concerned. I love the more obscure and whimsical topics that have come up in past Furnaces releases, but I welcome this more straightforward, emotionally driven material. They've done it before, but it's never been as bittersweet as this, nor as neat and soulful. It was time to shift gears, and they made exactly the right decision -- their melodic sensibility is front and center, the preciousness is dialed down considerably." [Fluxblog]

Fluxblog's review refers to the June 11th show at Le Poisson Rouge where the Fiery Furnaces played a complete and re-arranged version of their new album I'm Going Away (out July 21 on Thrill Jockey). Setlist below. New studio-recorded track from that album, above.

Three days later, Matt's other band King's Crescent played a Martin Bisi-curated Northside Festival show at Spike Hill. Lucid Culture writes that they "flipped the script and played a joyous, virtuosic, completely in-the-pocket set of vintage Meters covers."

On August 9th, the Fiery Furnaces will join Simian Mobile Disco (who are playing DJ) on the bill of the free JellyNYC Pool Party at the Williamsburg Waterfront. Finger on the Pulse are also DJing at this one. All FF dates below...

The Fiery Furnaces @ Le Poisson Rouge 6/11/2009 - setlist
Here Comes The Summer / Leaky Tunnel / Chris Michaels / I'm Going Away / The End Is Near / Charmaine Champagne / Cut The Cake / Ray Bouvier / Staring At The Steeple / Even In The Rain / Keep Me In The Dark / Lost At Sea / Cups and Punches / Take Me Round Again / Drive To Dallas / Duplexes Of The Dead / Automatic Husband / Ex-Guru / Worry Worry / Wolf Notes // Single Again

Fiery Furnaces - 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 9 - The Hideout, Chicago, IL w/ Double Dagger
Jul 11 - Millenium Park, Chicago, IL
Aug 6 - Brillobox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 7 - Fountain Square Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug 8 - The Black Cat Washington, Washington DC
Aug 9 - Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY

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