Treasure Map

Buried Treasures and Opinions on Fiery Furnaces

Buried Treasures: Jim and Greg dig up another set of underground musical gems. Plus, they review the latest album from The Fiery Furnaces.

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Second only to file sharing, Apple has been the biggest force driving digital music distribution. It's the culprit killing CDs, but now they are trying to make nice with the record labels. First they raised prices, and now they have set a plan to expand album downloads. iTunes is mostly all about the singles, but they are helping labels entice people to download multi-song packages with lots of extras– liner notes, pictures, video, etc. Gregis not sure we can blame digital music entirely for the death of the album. He also wonders if quality has something to do with it.

Jimand Greg have been reporting on the proposed merger between Ticketmasterand Live Nation for months, and now our lawmakers are urging for an accelerated investigation. Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl, chair of the Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee, is calling for closer scrutiny of the deal and questions how it will benefit consumers. Fifty members of the U.S. House of Representatives have also signed a letter to the Justice Department expressing concern about the deal.

Jackson Browne and John McCain make for strange bedfellows. But that didn't stop the Republican candidate from using the famous lefty's song "Running on Empty" in a campaign web video. Browne subsequently sued, and now a settlement has been reached. There are no details on how much money was exchanged, but McCain apologized and stressed his respect for intellectual property.

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Buried Treasures

A few times a year Jim and Greg like to shed light on talent that deserves more notice. Here is the latest crop of musical gems they've dug up.

Jim

  • Emily Wells, The Symphonies: Dreams, Memories and Parties
  • Ida Maria, Fortress Round My Heart
  • Kristeen Young, Music for Strippers, Hookers and the Odd-Onlooker
  • Eagle and Talon, Thracian

Greg

  • Allen Toussaint, The Bright Mississippi
  • Nebula, Heavy Psych LP
  • Rodriguez, Coming From Reality and Cold Fact
  • Shemekia Copeland, Never Going Back
reviewI'm Going Away (Bonus Track Version)I'm Going Away available on iTunes

The Fiery Furnaces I'm Going Away

In just six years the brother-sister duo The Fiery Furnaces have released eight albums. But, as Jim points out, being prolific doesn't make you infallible. He admires lead singer Eleanor Friedberger's Lou Reed singing style, but otherwise was put off by their newest album I'm Going Away. Its hyper-literary and overly orchestrated songs gave Jim a headache, and therefore prompted a Trash It rating. Greg couldn't disagree more. He calls I'm Going Away one of the great pop albums of the summer. He admits that much of their previous work was a little obtuse, but he thinks The Fiery Furnaces have channeled their energy into a less frantic, more melodic record. Greg calls it art rock on a budget and gives it a Buy It.

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Featured Songs

  1. The Osmonds,“One Bad Apple,”Osmonds, MGM 1970
  2. Public Enemy, Black Steel in The Hour of Chaos, It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Columbia, 1988
  3. Jackson Browne, Running on Empty, Running on Empty, Asylum, 1977
  4. Emily Wells, 9 and the Sunshine, The Symphonies: Dreams Memories and Parties, Creative Control, 2008
  5. Allen Toussaint, Bright Mississippi, The Bright Mississippi, Nonesuch, 2009
  6. Ida Maria, Oh My God, Fortress Round My Heart, Nightliner, 2008
  7. Ida Maria, I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked, Fortress Round My Heart, Nightliner, 2008
  8. Nebula, Aphrodite, Heavy Psych LP, Tee Pee, 2009
  9. Kristeen Young, He's Sickened By My Crude Emotion, Music For Strippers, Hookers, And The Odd On-Looker, self-released, 2009
  10. Rodriguez, Cause, Coming From Reality, Sussex, 1971
  11. Rodriguez, Sugar Man, Cold Fact, RCA Victor, 1970
  12. Eagle and Talon,“Ice Life,”Thracian, 2009
  13. Shemekia Copeland, Never Going Back to Memphis, Never Going Back, Telarc, 2009
  14. The Fiery Furnaces, Charmaine Champagne, I'm Going Away, Thrill Jockey, 2009
  15. The Fiery Furnaces, Even in the Rain, I'm Going Away, Thrill Jockey, 2009
  16. Bibio, Jealous of Roses, Ambivalence Avenue, Warp, 2009
  17. Blondie, Call Me, American Gigolo, Polydor, 1980
  18. Bibio, Ambivalence Avenue, Ambivalence Avenue, Warp, 2009

Footnotes

engadget.com Apple teams up with labels to sell more albums on iTunes theguardian.com Full albums are no longer selling, just singles rollingstone.com Scrutiny ramps up over Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger wsj.com Jackson Browne and John McCain make peace fieryfurnacesforum.com The Fiery Furnaces