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Thursday Album - Weary Things - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist — LiveJournal
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Thursday Album - Weary Things
Artist: Andy Friedman [iTunes]
Album: Weary Things
Genre: Folk
Release Date: Jan 27th, 2009

This album is an odd departure from last week. It is coherent and normal. Friedman blends his folksy lyrics with some rather fantastic blues and rock guitar, which I think makes it rockabilly in essence. It feels modern but tastes old which, while a stupid way to describe music, seems exactly what it should be.

Maybe it's the harmonica, or his gravely voice, or the fact that he neither takes his songs nor his ability to sing seriously, but it becomes on honest and realistic blues record trying to hide as a rocky folk album with a distinctly modern flare. The 5th track "Backstage at a Small Hotel" betrays a modern aesthetic. The track is a recording of two people talking about a terrible stage performance involving a crying child which, I think, is supposed to be the artist as a child. This track leads into an echoed retelling the artist finding his inspiration, titled "Pilot Light," exploring his evolution as an artist from this initial piece.

I rather like this track. It is awfully country. And I'll dig anything with that much echo singing about insanity and destruction.
Download Pilot Light. [8mb]

The rest is more folksy with a rambling spoken word piece directly following Pilot Light which is wonderful and funny and 8 minutes long.The latter half feels more down to earth, put-together. The album as a whole is an expression of Friedman's artistic progression, real or idealized I'm unsure. At the turning point, Pilot Light and Backstage At a Small Hotel functioning as his "coming of age" point which gives way to a consistent sound and mode of expression.


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Do I sound pretentious yet?

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Current Music: Andy Friedman - The Friedman Holler

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narcissuskisses From: narcissuskisses Date: January 29th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where did you hear about Andy Friedman?
abmann From: abmann Date: January 29th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was hidden in the New Music list in iTunes. Why?

I'm getting better at this new-music-finding thing.
narcissuskisses From: narcissuskisses Date: January 29th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because I haven't heard of him. And if I haven't heard of him, well, then, you know, he, like, doesn't exist. ;)
abmann From: abmann Date: January 29th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right. I faked that whole thing and, in fact, created that song myself.
Damn, now I have to find something else to do for the whole year.
narcissuskisses From: narcissuskisses Date: January 29th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I THOUGHT SO!
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: January 29th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not pretentious... you make me want to listen.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 29th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's pretty nifty. I'm really liking the steel guitar with the reverb in the song I linked above. I'm listening to it again.

If you hit that link with your iPhone, you should be able to download the sing into your iPod app directly.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: January 29th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok. :)
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