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Old 07-14-2004, 07:24 AM   #1
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has anyone else heard the new Fiery Furnaces?

aside from the glowing pitchfork review (9.6) there have been many positive comments about it.

so I got it.

upon first listen it is just too crazy to really grasp or appreciate. But keep listening to it...it's like one of those crazy pixilated pictures you have to stare at for a long time until the 3D picture begins to take shape.
It is truely a fun album. Cartoonish sounds, bizarre arrangements. It can go from electronic to acoustic to indie rock all in one measure

anyway...I need to listen to it some more before much more can be said
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I haven't heard the album yet, but I think mofo and I heard a lot of it live when we saw them in May. The Fiery Furnaces are lots of fun, and I wouldn't mind picking up this album. I'm thinking mofo may get it, too. All the great reviews are making it tough not to go buy it today, especially if anyone's got it on sale for cheap.
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Here is a link to a UK only single from the Fiery Furnaces....

http://homepage.mac.com/sceldred/.Pu...ngle_Again.mp3
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Picked it up yesterday. Listening to it now for the first time. I really like what I've heard so far. (I only have 1 track left)

HeartlandGirl and I really did hear lots of these songs at the concert. They're a fun band to see live, I recommend them. We really lucked out seeing them open for The Shins, 2 great bands. It was funny, I just wanted to pick up their first album this week...but this came out just on time. What I've heard of their first album is more standard, but still some good stuff too.

Favorites on Blueberry Boat so far:

Blueberry Boat
Chris Michaels
Chief Inspector Blanchflower
Spaniolated
Birdie Brain
Turning Round

(havent heard the last 1 yet....)
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mmmmmmmmmmm blueberry...........


wait, isn'tthis the food thread???
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Here is a link to a UK only single from the Fiery Furnaces....

http://homepage.mac.com/sceldred/.Pu...ngle_Again.mp3
Another thanks to another good song. You have become the MP3 king. I bow to no man but thee, my allegiance is yours.


PS - Here are 2 good Fiery Furnaces sites I found:

http://www.thefieryfurnaces.com/index.htm (the official site, updated and new)
http://blueberryboat.no3rdw.com/ (good fan site)
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Wow, THANKS Basstrap! I usually come to this forum to check out what others are listening to (usually I end up liking what I come across, such as THE CAT EMPIRE and THE MUSIC), but this group...I downloaded a few songs and *really* like what I'm hearing so far ("Tropical Ice Land"; "Paw Paw Tree"; "Asthma Attack"; "Catamaran Man"; "Up in the North")!

Sooooooo, I'm thinking of picking up one of their albums, but I have to ask - whick one? Any input would be appreciable
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Single Again = Thanks, EP.
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Wow, THANKS Basstrap! I usually come to this forum to check out what others are listening to (usually I end up liking what I come across, such as THE CAT EMPIRE and THE MUSIC), but this group...I downloaded a few songs and *really* like what I'm hearing so far ("Tropical Ice Land"; "Paw Paw Tree"; "Asthma Attack"; "Catamaran Man"; "Up in the North")!

Sooooooo, I'm thinking of picking up one of their albums, but I have to ask - whick one? Any input would be appreciable
It looks like a lot of what you've downloaded is from the first album. I'd say it's more of an accessable album, where the new one is much more out there (but probably a lot more well done/mature). It's up to you, but I went with the new one (Blueberry Boat). I really dont think you'd be disappointed with either though.


It's odd how 'Single Again' (UK single) isnt even on either album. You think they would have put it on Blueberry Boat if they were going to release it as a single. I like how this band really does some 'not so standard' things with their music and business. They also released a single from their first album, 'Tropical Iceland', but they decided to release a COMPLETELY different version as a single than they had on the album. Pretty cool way to do things. I approve
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^^^ Thanks for the feedback! I was leaning towards "Gallowsbird's Bark" at first, and now I'll definately make it my first purchase of their's I really like the album cover, too
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/presente...ryfurnaces.ram

10 min interview with Fiery Furnaces (just Eleanor and Matthew) from BBC. They also play Tropical Ice-Land and Evergreen (b-side from Single Again single) in the clip. (acoustic renditions by the two of them)

Courtesty of : http://blueberryboat.no3rdw.com/index.html

Great site (I transcribed the majority of the lyrics to Blueberry Boat there too....)
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I've only got "Gallowsbird's Bark" for now, and I had no idea that it was a 2003 release since I got it after reading a review (in a WHO Weekly magazine of all places) only a few months ago. Great fun, that album; I'll definitely look up their next one.
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I was going to make a new thread, but I figured I'd only be talking to myself anyways.

The Fiery Furnaces just had an EP come out this Tuesday cleverly titled 'EP'. It's a collection of all their non-album tracks (b-sides, non-album singles, and studio versions of songs they've only played live), and it's extremely good in my opinion. It's really a lot more straight forward and accessable (for the Fiery Furnaces, at least) than the stuff on Blueberry Boat, but it's still got that edge. I really recommend the CD, it's being sold for quite cheap for being a 10 track CD (I got it for $6.99 brand new).


Here's a good review of the CD:
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record...naces/ep.shtml

And I just HAVE to quote the first paragraph of that review (I have similar feelings) :

"Okay, I'm done being a nice guy about this: If you don't like Blueberry Boat, I don't like you. It's no longer a matter of taste, other than the fact that I have good taste, whereas you, Fiery Furnaces-hater, do not. Don't have time to take in the full sweeping grandeur of Blueberry Boat's 80 minutes? I have no respect for your calendar priorities. To those who find their multiple-movement symphonies and keyboard-fetish arrangements overcooked, I feel only loathing, utter disdain, and approximately one tablespoon of pity! And for the few of you that cannot handle the frenetic uber-medley that is a Fiery Furnaces live set, I want to make provocative documentary films about your inept and offensive taste and take them on the festival circuit.

But if my depraved fanboy rants and threats don't convince you, this here spartanly-titled EP just might."


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And for the few of you that cannot handle the frenetic uber-medley that is a Fiery Furnaces live set, I want to make provocative documentary films about your inept and offensive taste and take them on the festival circuit.
Oh, I can handle it. They were terrific live.

Good review. This is going on my list. Especially since 'Single Again' and 'Tropical Iceland' are my two favorite Fiery Furnaces songs.

This was my favorite part of the review:

That it [EP] still manages to skirt the hazards of being a for-fan's-only release only deepens my stalker-love, not to mention the accompanying abhorrence for all who don't see the light. Honestly, how do you people wake up in the morning; you pathetic, mouth-breathing [the remaining 1,000 words of diatribe deleted by Pitchfork editors, who cordially apologize to the readership for Mr. Mitchum's unfortunate outburst -Ed.]
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I wanted to comment on this concert before I completely forgot about it (though I realize I'm doing this for virtually no one but myself).

I saw The Fiery Furnaces again last month (April 23 in SLC), and it was amazing. The opening band, Dios (or Dios Malos as they are now seemingly called) was extremely good. I'd like to pick their album up if I can find it sometime. Now to the headliner, the FF's performance/setlist was completely different from how it was done a year previous. This time, they did most of the show in different huge medley segments. For example, their first "song" was a medley of a huge amount of their songs that lasted a whopping 35 minutes before they took a break!!! They would mix in choruses and verses of certain songs, then move into other songs, then back to the original, then sing a chorus of one song, then do half of another song, then do most all of one song, then sing a few lines from one song, then immediately go into another song. Many of these versions of the songs sounded nothing like the music in the original recorded versions, but still worked so well. The amazing thing was that it was in no way chaotic, every segue into another song was completly planned and performed with absolute precision.

They then played a few songs all the way through but still in medley form, including some brand new songs (not surprising considering they supposedly have 2 to 3 albums of material they've been working on, including an album with their grandmother which Eleanor even hinted at jokingly). Then the drummer and bassist/keyboard player left the stage for a few songs and then the bro/sis combo of Eleanor and Matt Friedberg played/sang a few songs acoustically or with just one piano. They threw in a new one in here too, which I remember really liking. The rest of the band came back out and they took some requests and played a few other songs to finish the show up.

I was standing front and center for the whole show, about 5 feet from the stage. Everyone around me was having a great time and dancing and rocking out (after one song, our section was congratulated on our awesome dancing by Eleanor). I felt proud of myself for knowing a good deal of lyrics during the show, especially since most of the songs were played in such a strange manner. I remember having a very strange/surreal moment where I was singing along to one of the songs (while pumping a fist in the air) and I noticed Eleanor was staring right at me as she sang (probably surprised someone was actually singing along)

I was highly entertained by the show, and highly impressed by how they pulled off those huge medleys. They performed the vast majority of their songs, however briefly, at the show. I was highly entertained by their drummer, who was going insane the whole time. I noticed he (and the rest of the band) was highly entertained by a guy standing in front of me who was dancing in hands down the most bizarre manner I've ever seen. I even saw the drummer and Eleanor start laughing at one point in time.

I'd like to again quote the comments in the Pitchfork review of The Fiery Furnaces EP to finish my concert review:

And for the few of you that cannot handle the frenetic uber-medley that is a Fiery Furnaces live set, I want to make provocative documentary films about your inept and offensive taste and take them on the festival circuit.

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The Fiery Furnaces are cooler than everything.
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And for the few of you that cannot handle the frenetic uber-medley that is a Fiery Furnaces live set, I want to make provocative documentary films about your inept and offensive taste and take them on the festival circuit.

That's such a terrific quote.

I'd love to see them again. I'm sure I'd appreciate them so much more the second time around.
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definitely takes a bit to get into.. i have given it a bit and sorta gotten into it
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