Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Electro-Blues and Not so Electro Blues.

I just spent an hour typing up a post, and Blogger ate it as I was pasting in the final fucking link.

God hates me. Or google does anyway.

So this post will suck, because I need my sleep. But the music is fantastic.

The Fiery Furnaces - Single Again - This is the Fiery Furnaces new UK Only Single, which has just cracked the top 40, and may be their best individual song to date, healthily fusing directions charted on both previous full length outings. The result is a healthy snippet of what I can only think to call Electro-Blues. Washed out lap steels provide rootsy blues chord, as the drums are overlayed with a somewhat glitchy sounding snare loop, and fuzzy synths pulse out the songs melody, all as Eleanor Abandons the childlike innocence with which she sings for much of Blueberry Boat, opting instead for a wounded, destroyed, but ultimately hopeful tone, a woman beaten (literally!), and wasted, but not out yet, dreaming of a day when she might be "Single Again." If this is the direction the Furnaces are headed (something of which, if we've learned anything.... there are no guaruntees), than the next album promises to be something special. The ADD sound shifts, the operatic flourishes, are, if not gone, than certainly subsumed here into a song that is far more of a coheisve whole than anything on Blueberry Boat. There's a reason that this is the track that cracked the top 40 for the Furnaces. This is a song that, in some alternate dimension, might actually sound radio worthy. The Friedbergers have finally found their pop song. Please join me in rejoicing.

[No, Rough Trade isn't paying me, but, according to them, Single Again "comes on like a deranged DJ Shadow monkeyed off his eyeballs on uppers and downers, whilst various members of the Beta Band and the Delgadoes point and laugh." You can also buy the single there.]

[Buy Blueberry Boat from!]

Ludes - Your Dog Don't Bark - This is the first in a string of Reader submissions I'll be posting, coming from an anonymous Dancing Indie Kid, Ludes are a band from South London, about whom information is sadly lacking. This song though, speaks for itself. Stones style Blues Swagger, a killer harmonica solo, and a swingin beat. Fantastic stuff, and, in it's stripped down glory, the perfect antidote for those who might find the Furnaces take on the blues to be a bit too... heavily produced. (I am decidedly NOT among those though. As should be obvious.)

[I don't know where you can buy this. Here is the bands Web Page. Go see them live and report back, London readers!]

Ugh. Not happy with this, but need sleep.

Note to self: Stop writing drafts of posts in Blogger. It will only cause pain.

'nite everyone!

Oh, and check out the amazing stuff John @ The Tofu Hut has been doing with Spiders, and Daft Punk Remixing Franz Ferdinand over @ Gramophone. See Sidebar for linkage.


At 7/14/2004 07:02:00 AM, Blogger RSL said...

oh i hate it when that [the whole post deletion thing] happens! it's a problem with mt also, but more with the browser crashing or me closing a window or something. sympathy hugs!

At 7/14/2004 09:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And your dog don't bark 'cos your dog don't exist and your dog don't bark......cos he's DEEEEEEAD......"

**ahem** excuse my apparent morbidness. More sympathy huggles from me, and a swift boot to the Blogger for being evil.


At 7/14/2004 09:10:00 AM, Blogger Keith said...

morbid songs -> morbid comments.

makes sense to me.

And thanks for sympathizin. 'smy own fault though.

At 7/14/2004 09:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ludes! Bless you sir!

They're fantastic live. I saw them sometime last year (supporting Franz Ferdinand, ha) and have hardly seen a sign of them since, inexplicably.

New single in September, apparently, which hopefully will actually be on sale somewhere.

At 7/14/2004 11:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a good song, the Ludes one, isn't it?

I found it on this compilation:

But htat appears to be the only way to actually buy the track at the moment. They do indeed rock live.

At 7/14/2004 12:59:00 PM, Blogger ~ Fiestas and Siestas ~ said...

Thanks, I had been trying to find that Single Again single in L.A., but nobody has it. Are there b-sides to it? Anything notable/postable?

At 7/14/2004 01:17:00 PM, Blogger pinder said...

Yeah, I've been looking for "Single Again" since they sang it live back on their Gallowsbird Bark tour. I was disappointed that it wasn't on GB nor the new Burberry (heh) Boat album, but alas, it's out now!

At 7/14/2004 03:04:00 PM, Blogger mr gilbert said...

Ditto on the thanks for "Single Again". I like how TFF's reinvent their songs when they put them out as singles, though I have to admit that I preferred the more intense, bare bones version of this song that I heard in concert. Just one man's opinion.

At 7/15/2004 03:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An interview with the Ludes:

At 7/15/2004 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, can someone explain the appeal of this band? I'm not being rude or flaming here.. I.. just.. don't.. get.. it. Is this the same song fluxblog posted that goes "When I was single my pockets did jingle?"

I heard a couple other of their tracks at a friends place and was equally perplexed. all I could fathom was its sorta like Beefheart meets Teletubbies. Both of which I loathe. But really folks, sincerely tell me what you hear in them. Because I do think they're interesting and original. And while they're indie darlings, they seem to be super huge mega darlings of the mp3bloggerati.

At 7/15/2004 01:50:00 PM, Blogger mr gilbert said...

I like the use of the word, "mp3bloggerati".

At 7/16/2004 03:47:00 AM, Blogger Robert said...

I'll take a crack at why I like the FF.

First, Blueberry Boat is more appealing then Gallowsbird's Bark, which has more of what I like and less of what I don't.

Acoustical  Purity - From vocals, to guitar and drums, to various electronic sounds, all the layers in a song sound discrete and separate. Far from muddy, the production sound bright and sharp.

More music per song - the willingness to pack a lot of musical variety in song. Much like the band the Badger King, the FF's make mini epics. Its completely indulgent, and more often successful then not. Another band that does this to great, and very different effect is Secret Chiefs 3.

Storytelling - Best examples of this are "Inspector Blancheflower" which is the musical equivelent of an anthology of short stories in one song, and "I Lost My Dog" a tale of a lost dog with witty word play,

And that is why I like the Fiery Furnaces, by Robert Kimberly, age 33 - Grade 6
Thank you and visit my site...

At 7/18/2004 07:00:00 AM, Blogger Loki said...

i like them because they sound like Captain Beefheart and the Teletubbies...

At 7/18/2004 09:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the fiery furnaces song on here - does anyone know where would be a good palce to buy an album of theirs in the UK? According to HMV blueberry boat isn't due to be released here until september.

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