This week’s feature interview with The Fiery Furnaces is now online (read it here). Female furnace Eleanor Friedberger talks about how the band creates its quirky music, the advantages of a sibling relationship, Sebadoh and softball. Among the stuff that didn’t make it into the story is an explanation why their new CD, Bitter Tea, was released on Fat Possum instead of Rough Trade. “It’s complicated,” Eleanor said. “Rough Trade in the U.S. is released on Sanctuary Records, and they stopped putting out records in US We needed a release date and they couldn’t give it to us, so we licensed the recording to Fat Possum in the US and it came out on Rough Trade in Europe.” What’s in store for their Omaha set? “We’re going to play a lot of songs from Bitter Tea. In the past we did it medley style — 50 minutes without stopping. Now we’re back to a more traditional style and will play whole songs.” And what’s up next for the band? “We’re going to record another record in the winter, this time with live humans. We’re going to have to recruit some people. But for now, we’re going to be on tour most of the rest of the summer.” I mention in the story that they’re the darlings of the NPR set, and as a matter of fact they just did a new interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross that aired Tuesday. You can listen to it here. It should be great show, especially when you add the fact that it’ll be opening act Kite Pilot‘s last show with guitarist/vocalist Austin Britton.
And speaking of bands with personnel changes, tonight at O’Leaver’s it’s SideOneDummy Records band VCR with Omaha’s own Life After Laserdisque featuring their new line-up sans lead singer. Who’ll be handling the vocals now? Show up at 9:30 with five bucks and find out.
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