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Matthew Friedberger


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Matthew Friedberger, born 21st October 1972, is one half of the brother and sister band, The Fiery Furnaces where he plays the majority of the instruments and provides some vocals. Prior to starting The Fiery Furnaces, Matthew Friedberger played in various other bands, including Corndolly, Liquorette, The Mezzanines and The Grand Vizars.
His first solo release is a double album entitled “Winter Women/Holy Ghost Language School” and was released on August 8, 2006.

It is believed during the recording process Matthew played every single instrument himself except for a few drumbeats. “Winter Woman” has been described as a “ album” as Matt explores his more py songwriting skills. A rather album, Winter Woman takes many styles which come together to create distinct and very different tracks, though the album doesn’t sound too disjointed and flows fairly well.
In contrast, “Holy Ghost Language School” is more of a concept album. Matt himself describes it as “a record” and “an obscure story about christian businessmen.”
After the release Matt stated that he had no plans to tour but instead intended to head back to the studio with his sister Eleanor Friedberger to record another Fiery Furnaces album.


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  • blancheflower

    I've been trying to figure out a way to make a torrent of all the Solos MP3s. I know there's people out there that don't have the records... and they deserve to hear!

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Ghost_train

    Matricidal Sons of Bitches is hilarious.

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • bananademon

    murve33- None of the Solos albums are sold digitally or on CD, though rips for all except Death in Life and Arrested on Charges of Unemployment are online. I was a subscriber to the series and am dying for iPod-ready versions of those two records myself!

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    MSoB is so very good.

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • hullerombuller

    Latest album is really great. Almost made it to the top ten on my list of the 100 best releases of 2012.

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • bopapocalypse

    new album is fucking perfect.

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Under_Radar_Mag

    Our review of Matthew Friedberger's new album:

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • justfetus

    ehhhh, not as good as FF

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • murve33

    And Artemisia is fantastic, for the record. There are tons of instruments on that record. The last one is half piano, half synth. It's alright.

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • murve33

    Just buy the albums if you want them so bad, to those looking for them. Aren't they offered digitally?

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • blancheflower

    Anyone have a link to the bonus records? Artemisia and Goodbye Forever?

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • jefferenery

    Pleeeease can someone send me a link to Death-In-Life please?

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • veemignon

    I felt the need to drop by and express my utter adoration for Holy Ghost Language School. That is all.

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • lovelovelover

    Matthew Friedberger is a fucking genius. You can get all of the LP's on amazon I think... I wish I had gotten the subscription, because I think they get 2 bonus LP's. I do love that these are only on vinyl. I feel like I'm a part of this amazing secret that only a priveleged few get to experience :)

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • blancheflower

    Anybody have copies of Death-In-Life or Cut It Out? Having trouble tracking these down, yo.

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • hullerombuller

    Rating SOLOS so far: 1. Meet Me In Miramas 2. Napolénette 3. Old Regimes 4. Cut It Out... I really enjoy them all though. Really looking forward to Death-In-Life at the moment. Roll on organ orgy!

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • blancheflower

    Who's heard the new one?

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • bananademon

    CUT. IT. OUT.

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • blancheflower

    Old Regimes is definitely my favourite, so far. Weirdest, maybe... but that harp puts me in a good mood.

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • jefferenery

    Can't wait for the next one with Harp/Vocals.

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
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