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Eleanor Friedberger 6/24/13 + Video

Eleanor Friedberger 6/24/13 Bryan Sutter
Written by Kevin Edwards
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  • Date Recorded: June 24, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Eleanor Friedberger
  • Hosting Show: Wax Lyrical
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

Eleanor Friedberger and her brother Matthew didn't get along so well when they were young. Imagine that.

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But they got closer after they had been to college and moved back home to Oak Park, Ill. And then they formed the Fiery Furnaces and got famous while a whole lot of other brothers and sisters just kept fighting.

The Fiery Furnaces sound like a bit like the siblings were set loose in a recording studio; some songs are straight-up, some are straight-up crazy. But always at the core is the voice of Eleanor, making lyrics about a lost dog sound somehow a little sexy and always steady, no matter what sonic dissonance might be also be underway.

The Furnaces' last album was in 2009 and Friedberger wasted no time recording her first solo effort "Last Summer" in 2010. "Personal Record," her 2013 release, is a genuflection to the singer-songwriter pop of the 1970s.

Friedberger played three songs for this live session, all from "Personal Record," and the resultant mix is wonderfully personal, like she is in your living room. This Live at KDHX is a sterling introduction to a talented artist singing her songs the way they were written, on solo acoustic instrumentation with a strong emphasis on the incredibly personal lyrics.

All photos by Bryan Sutter.

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