Matthew Friedberger

Talkhouse Contributing Writer Matthew Friedberger, a Chicagoan born in 1972, is unemployed. He has no degrees or credentials of any kind.  He is, therefore and however, a songwriter and composer and has released 10 solo records in the last two years. His next work, Again with the Greatest Hits Live in the Studio, will appear shortly. He lives in France.

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Bio

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 "breezy summer album" as Matt explores his more poppy songwriting skills. A rather eclectic 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 noise 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. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Talks

Matthew Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces) Talks John Mayer’s Paradise Valley

By Matthew Friedberger | April 20, 2015

Matthew Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces) Talks John Mayer’s Paradise Valley

I won't argue it, I'll just assume: John Mayer is a mainstream guy, as I might have even seen him quoted as saying. The effectiveness of his...

Matthew Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces) Talks Various Artists’ And I’ll Scratch Yours

By Matthew Friedberger | January 31, 2014

Matthew Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces) Talks Various Artists’ And I’ll Scratch Yours

What a tremendous singer Paul Simon is! His rendition of "Biko" ends Scratch My Back... And I'll Scratch Yours, a (now) two-album set of

Matthew Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces) Talks Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City

By Matthew Friedberger | May 14, 2013

Matthew Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces) Talks Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City

I won't mention the American Express UNSTAGED: Vampire Weekend with Steve Buscemi video comedy show. I typed "video comedy show" because it...

Matthew Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces) Talks John Cale’s Shifty

By Matthew Friedberger | March 21, 2013

Matthew Friedberger (the Fiery Furnaces) Talks John Cale’s Shifty

Please don't get the wrong idea; this is a rave review. But the end of my second sentence is: the bad taste of a great artist is a tremendous...