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Matthew Friedberger

Better known as the chief instrumentalist/songwriter of the Fiery Furnaces, Matthew Friedberger also performed and recorded songs on his own. Before forming the Furnaces with his sister Eleanor, Matthew played with other bands such as the Grand Vizars, Liquorette, and the Mezzanines. The unique mix of infectious melodies, experimental interludes, and hyper-literate lyrics -- which were influenced by such wide-ranging inspirations as Bob Dylan, Kit Lambert, and Os Mutantes -- that defined his Fiery Furnaces work also shaped his solo material. In summer 2006, he released his double-album debut, Winter Women/Holy Ghost Language School, on 859 Recordings. Friedberger described Winter Women as "a pop record" and Holy Ghost Language School as "a noise record"; together, they represented the yin and yang of his distinctive style. The album was reissued by Thrill Jockey in 2009 with new artwork and bonus tracks. Though Friedberger remained busy with his Fiery Furnaces duties, in 2011 he launched the Solos series, which featured six limited-edition vinyl albums. The first, Napoleonette, which collected songs Friedberger performed only on piano, arrived in January of that year. Meet Me in Miramas, which spotlighted Friedberger's songs for guitar, was issued that March, with subsequent albums released later in 2011 and into 2012. Old Regimes focused on harp, using an instrument made in 1907; Cut It Out was based on percussion; Death-in-Life featured the organ; and Arrested on Charges of Unemployment was written for double bass. Two bonus albums available only to Solos subscribers, Artemisia and Good-Bye Forever, arrived in 2012. Late that year, the ambitious, 45-track soundtrack to an imaginary horror film Matricidal Sons of B**ches arrived. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Matricidal Sons of B**ches

1. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever I. The Neighbors

2. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever II. "Fleeing Plus Pursuing"

3. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever III. "Tell me What it is You Want, Boys"

4. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever IV. "You're Getting Yourself Worked Up"

5. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever V. "Same Every Night"

6. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever VI. "Wondering What, Exactly?"

7. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever VII. Drifting Down the Alleys

8. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever VIII. Frustration by the Boulevards

9. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever IX. "Pursuit, Less Acute"

10. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever X. "I'm Sure It's… For the Best"

11. Ladies-in-Waiting – Waiting Forever XI. "But at the Door – Is it Him?"

12. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out I. Matricidal Sons of B**ches

13. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out II. Over Again

14. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out III."Can I Tell you Something?"

15. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out IV. Making the Preparations

16. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out V. Zeroing in Across the Crowded Bar

17. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out VI. Completing the Activity

18. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out VII. The Next Morning

19. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out VIII. The Problem Becomes the Solution

20. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out IX. Brand-New Mothers

21. Brand-New Mothers – Trying it Out X. What? Again?

22. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise I. "What will You Say?"

23. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise II. "You Know what this Means, Don't You?"

24. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise III. Disappointed Dads

25. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise IV. "That's a Rendezvous and a Half!"

26. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise V. Well, Make your Calculations Quick

27. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise VI. Despite Yourself? Or to Spite Yourself?

28. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise VII. As if in the Car with the Kids

29. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise VIII. Paternal Prerogatives

30. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise IX. What did You Do?

31. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise X. Off You Go!

32. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise XI. Back and Forth

33. Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise XII. It's no Surprise to Me

34. Dying on the Sixth Side I. Early in the Morning and Late at Night

35. Dying on the Sixth Side II. The View from the Top

36. Dying on the Sixth Side III. Lying on the Sixth Side

37. Dying on the Sixth Side IV. Dying on the Sixth Side

38. Dying on the Sixth Side V. Popping the Cork

39. Dying on the Sixth Side VI. Down to the Place

40. Dying on the Sixth Side VII. Seeing Double, Thinking Twice

41. Dying on the Sixth Side VIII. The Corpse Vanishes

42. Dying on the Sixth Side IX. You're not Really Discouraged, Are You?

43. Dying on the Sixth Side X. Done at the Place

44. Dying on the Sixth Side XI. The View out the Basement Window

45. Dying on the Sixth Side XII. Working at the Cemetery – Again

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Track List: The Diabolical Principle

1. The Daughter He has for Years Dreamed of Punishing

2. Damn It

3. Long Live the Other One

4. Implement Lost

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Track List: Winter Women

Disc 1

1. Under The Hood At The Paradise Garage

3. Up The River

5. Her Chinese Typewriter

6. Big Bill Crib & His Ladies Of The Desert

7. Don't You Remember?

9. Ps. 213 Mini School

10. Theme From Never Going Home Again

11. Motorman

12. Quick As Cupid

13. I Love You Cedric

14. Servant In Distress

15. Hialeah

16. Wisconsin River Blues

Disc 2

1. Seventh Loop Highway

2. Holy Ghost Language School

3. The Cross And The Switchblade

4. I Started Drinking Alcohol At The Age Of Eleven

5. Do You Like Blondes?

6. Azusa St.

7. Topeka And San Antonio

8. A Mystical Preparative To Lewdness

9. Ship Scrap Beach Business

10. First Day Of School

11. Things Were Going So Well

12. All In Vain Or The Opposite

13. Moral And Epilogue

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Track List: Winter Women/Holy Ghost Language School

Disc 1

1. Under The Hood At The Paradise Garage

2. he Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company Resignation Letter

3. Up The River

4. Ruth vs. Rachel

5. Her Chinese Typewriter

6. Big Bill Crib and His Ladies of the Desert

7. Don't You Remember?

8. Bet You Don't!

9. P.S. 213 Mini-School

10. Theme From Never Going Home Again

11. Motorman

12. Quick As Cupid

13. I Love You Cedric

14. Servant In Distress

15. Hialeah

16. Wisconsin River Blues

17. Rio Tinto (Bonus Track)

18. 260 Northern Blvd. (Bonus Track)

Disc 2

1. Seventh Loop Highway

2. Holy Ghost Language School

3. The Cross and The Switchblade

4. I Started Drinking Alcohol at the Age of Eleven

5. Do You Like Blondes?

6. Azusa St.

7. Topeka and San Antonio

8. A Mystical Preparative To Lewdness

9. Ship Scrap Beach Business

10. First Day of School

11. Things Were Going So Well

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