Slowly but surely, Widow City has begun to leak. Beyond the good music, I'm partial to the Fiery Furnaces because Eleanor Friedburger is one of just a small number of lead female vocalists in indie bands who (a) isn't a diva - think Jenny Lewis or Emily Haines (b) doesn't have an unrealistically high, silky, or amazingly beautiful voice - think Regina Spektor (c) isn't jaw-droppingly gorgeous - think Feist (d) hasn't released a record that can be described as "alt country" - think Neko Case or Amy Millan. There are so many male-fronted indie bands out there that whenever a female-fronted indie band does well attention swells around the lead singer like she's a foreign specimen, resulting in a lack of focus on the band as a whole (not the case with the Fiery Furnaces), or their music for that matter. This might have something to do with fact that most mp3 bloggers are guys.
Not to mention the tracks I've heard so far from Widow City are top-notch.
The Fiery Furnaces - Navy Nurse (Widow City)
The Fiery Furnaces - Automatic Husband (Widow City)
The Fiery Furnaces - I'm In No Mood (Bitter Tea)
Tracklist for Widow City:
1. The Philadelphia Grand Jury
2. Duplexes of the Dead
3. Automatic Husband
5. Clear Signal From Cairo
6. My Egyptian Grammar
7. The Old Hag Is Sleeping
8. Japanese Slippers
9. Navy Nurse
10. Uncle Charlie
11. Right by Conquest
12. Restorative Beer
13. Wicker Whatnots
14. Cabaret of the Seven Devils
15. Pricked in the Heart
16. Widow City
Band of Horses: Cease to Begin (October 9th)
No leaks yet, so we just have to wait. Which stinks. Everything All the Time was a great album, so my expectations are high.
B-fork put up a link to a YouTube video of the band playing a new song off the record in concert.
Band of Horses - The Funeral (Everything all the Time)
Band of Horses - Weed Party (Everything all the Time)
Tracklist for Cease to Begin:
1. Is There a Ghost
2. Ode to LRC
3. No One's Gonna Love You
4. Detlef Schrempf
5. The General Specific
6. Lamb on the Lam (in the city)
7. Islands on the Coast
8. Marry Song
9. Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
10. Window Blues
Tour dates here.
Beirut: The Flying Club Cup (October 9th)
I've been enjoying the Lon Gisland EP, released in June, a great deal recently and am pretty excited about the prospects for a new album.
Beirut - Elephant Gun (Lon Gisland EP)
Beirut - Postcards from Italy (Gulag Orkestar)
Buy Lon Gisland EP from Insound (eMusic also has it)
Tour dates here.