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I was idly wondering what happened to the Fiery Furnaces, because I like their music a lot, but their last album was in 2009. After googling, it seems Eleanor Friedberger released an album last week.


It's pretty good. Not at all experimental, in case that throws you off.

Matthew Friedberger, the more experimental of the pair, has done some interesting but, according to some, unlistenable projects. Here's what might be called a late-Socratic interview: http://atlengthmag.com/music/solos/ This was about his project of putting out 6 records in one year where he only plays one instrument on each record, a different instrument on each record (and then 2 bonus albums). Some cool ideas, but, c'mon, 8 albums of experimenting with making songs out of whatever sounds he can coax out of an instrument? It's a little eccentric. I'd be interested in listening once.

I would have enjoyed seeing them live at some point, but never had the chance. The albums (after the first) were very "produced". There would be dozens of tracks, backwards masking, many different electronic instruments, etc. The longer songs were often multiple songs telling a story and mashed together as a medley. Live shows would often be completely different, rewriting songs (not just lyrics, but the music itself) and re-medley-fying everything. Perhaps only with a guitar or a piano. Or a full band, but not with the excesses that spending weeks in the studio can yield you.

Here's a youtube playlist of an Eleanor Friedberger solo show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xqNMvfR8GU&feature=share&list=SP4h2XGENb6qj6LSZz6jfscbLrGV2laOGz

In other news, apparently The Oblivians, the noise rock band from the 90s I like, got back together for an album. Cool cool cool. Everybody who was in the band turned into more mature musicians in the interim. I should listen to it.

I'm having trouble getting much work done right now. Oh well.

Wife new jorb. It okay.

Still picking up heavy things, putting them down. I can still only do 6 pullups. I'd practice those more, but when I do that, I start to develop tendinitis. I suppose that's what happens when you're around 240#. My powerlifting total is probably around 550kg right now, which is okay and probably near as high as it'll go without my spending a lot more time and effort on it. Which I won't do. Well, maybe a little, my bench is embarrassing.

One remark about Congress: they just chose to cut food stamps. In this economic climate. I would think that this is the sort of knuckle-headed move that would never be done.

Another remark: global warming is still happening but there's no action. We're boning ourselves.

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better food stamps than the nsf, i always say! by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 01:52:36 AM EST


the nsf is getting bigger cuts by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:24:50 AM EST
ditto nih and usda.

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!!! by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 12:04:05 PM EST


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at least, the sequester has bigger cuts by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 12:15:23 PM EST
and is as yet unresolved so the nsf et al are having to plan on that level of reduced funding in the future.

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and noaa! by gzt (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 12:27:58 PM EST
can't forget the NOAA. and there are probably a couple other agencies that the department gets funds from that i'm forgetting.

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But, of course, theres no class warfare in America by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:34:23 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

we're a classless society by gzt (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:40:46 PM EST
so they say.

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The Stonecutters have a vested interest in it. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:50:45 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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