Memories Of ‘Last Summer’: Eleanor Friedberger Live

I was in Washington, D.C., last week for work.

And I can assure you I worked plenty covering the meetings the City of Yankton/Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce held with various government agencies and elected officials.

But I also took the opportunity to enjoy some music. I even managed to drag some friends along with me.

It just so happened that my visit to D.C. coincided with that of Eleanor Friedberger, who stepped out from the Fiery Furnaces last year with a solo album. It’s been a while since I’ve given the Fiery Furnaces a listen, but I never really got into them.

That’s why it took me a while to actually listen to Friedberger’s “Last Summer.” I read good reviews of it when it came out, but it wasn’t until Tim McMahan at lazy-i put “My Mistakes” on his annual mixtape that I took notice.

I love that song. I quickly followed up with a listen to the whole of “Last Summer” on Spotify. More gold.

That’s why I was excited to be able to go to the Black Cat, one of D.C.’s staple indie music venues, to catch a Friedberger show.

The opening act was Hospitality, who have a very upbeat pop sound. One friend was sure his daughter would love their CD and snagged a signed copy. Score!

Here is a fun video for the band’s single “Friends of Friends” featuring actress Alia Shawkat, who I fondly remember as Maeby Funke on “Arrested Development.”

Eleanor Friedberger put on a solid show. It’s a no-frills affair that features three bandmates and her kicking out her quality tunes (and some covers).

Friedberger gives off a 70s rock vibe with her look and some of her heavier tunes. But she is versatile and covers her share of musical territory.

I captured some videos of her performance. Check them out for yourself. The sound is pretty darn good.

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