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Two cultural touchstones come to mind when confronted with this 51-track set of live performances by indie-pop’s definitive, theatrically inclined, brother-sister duo. One is a double-stuffed Oreo. (Is it too much? Or is it an indulgent, super yummy treat?) The second is the artful, cut-up/collage methods of wordsmiths Brion Gysin and William Burroughs, where an impossibly varied pastiche of expression locks together like pieces of a puzzle, to be interpreted (and certainly filtered) by the reader, or in this case the listener, who, after all, is only outfitted with two ears. More often than not, these live tracks have less to do with the original versions than they do with the goal of continuing the creative process, and the challenge is to hear the songs with a fresh perspective and a wide-open mind. Some of your favorite FF songs may sound unfamiliar: compacted, expanded, truncated, reborn and re-imagined from both a musical and lyrical standpoint. The tracks on Remember constitute a bold step in the Furnaces’ career, challenging their fans in much the same way as their early releases did. This ain’t your Uncle Steve’s indie rock. (A word of advice: Consume slowly, in small amounts.)

Customer Reviews

Not for the uninitiated...

I've been a fan of the Furnaces for years and have been awaiting a live album for a while. Seeing that they have one made me smile. What made me gasp in shock is that it contained 51 tracks. The songs are great, but there is one issue: this is in no way a "greatest hits" collection of a live album. Granted, their hits are on here but they sound MUCH different than the album version. Songs are shortened, sped up, slowed down, and snipped as only intros. Not for the first timer, but for a true fan who supports the band no matter what.

for the fans, not for you

Wow, people have a lot of time on their hands to buy an album and write a review when it appears they have never seen the furnaces live. I love it. Just got the record (3 albums worth) AND a FREE download from Thrill Jockey Records. No, it's not greatest hits, not supposed to be. Yes, its live. Yes, it fantastic. Yes they are a bit crazy. are you if you download it without even liking the band. Pack up your record collections with sand and buy a Fall Out Boy album or something.

So Underappreciated

I really don't know alot about this band. But to me this is like Kim Gordon meets Captain Beefheart meets Shonen Knife. There's alot of jazz elements and movie music type things going on here too. I do know this is a bit different than their last album. I also smell a hint of Pera Ubu. But seriously though this is very different type stuff and I will admit it is not for everyone. I love Philadelphia Grand Jury! This is an album that will go down in history as this band's crown jewel.


Formed: 2000 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Restless sonic chameleons the Fiery Furnaces revolve around the brother and sister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, whose prickly childhood relationship and musical family set the stage for their playful, unpredictable music. The Friedbergers' grandmother was a musician and choir director at a Greek Orthodox church near the family's home in Oak Park, IL; their mother, who had a penchant for Gilbert & Sullivan, played piano and guitar and sang; and throughout school, Matthew played standup...
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