Watch Eleanor Friedberger covering Cass McCombs’ “County Line” last week at The Parish in Austin, Texas. Two Ballroom artists coming together (non-physically) in one performance.
Tender is the hand which holds the stone of memory — Kenneth Tam
26 Oct 2022 – 7 May 2023
Eleanor Friedberger recounts a surprise wedding performance here in Marfa during her Ballroom residency in this recent “Situation Critical” interview with Pitchfork …
“I actually performed Buddy Holly’s “Dearest” at a wedding once. I was in Marfa, Texas, doing a little residency and recording, and there was a wedding going on the same day as my show. The guy who I was recording with was also the AV guy at this wedding, so he had to take a break to go. I was like, “Well, if you’re going, then shouldn’t I go? Maybe they’ll let me sing a song.”
I was going to start singing as soon as they made their walk down the aisle together as husband and wife, but I did not know that they were going to stop and greet each and every one of their guests as they walked back. It took them so long. It’s only a two-minute-long song, so I just sang it over and over and over again– probably around 10 times.”
Fantastic interview with Eleanor Friedberger over at Rookie, plus they’ve got another song — “She’s a Mirror” — from her forthcoming album available for streaming. An excerpt from the Q&A:
“How does it feel to get attention for making something personal public?
Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s awkward. I like having anonymity, don’t like being the focus of attention.
The good part about attention I think is obvious, but what is the difficult part?
It’s never good to doubt yourself. I mean, for example, I like getting dressed some days, but it’s such fine line of deciding how much time you are going to spend thinking about what you are going to wear when you know people are going to be looking at you. That is something I do think about, but when you think about it a little too much it turns unhealthy. I am conscious of people looking at me, whether it’s in photos or while I’m performing. In those situations I try to be free as possible, because if you overthink it, it does your head in. That’s when people start getting a little goofy. Sometimes I think I should be more diva-ish [laughs], that maybe I am little too normal and balanced to make it in this industry.”
Personal Record is out June 4 on Merge. Can’t wait that long for new Eleanor jams? Check out the 7-inch she recorded during her Ballroom residency here in Marfa, available from the Ballroom store and iTunes.
I’ll Never Be Happy Again looks just like this. instagr.am/p/WAO3ClNLBq/
— Eleanor Friedberger (@EleanorOnly) February 21, 2013
Now available in the Ballroom Marfa store: The new Eleanor Friedberger 7-inch single recorded at the Marfa Recording Company, featuring a crew of Marfa players — the Cashiola brothers, Chris Hillen and Brian LeBarton — known from local bands like Candles and Hotel Brotherhood. Colt Miller of the Cobra Rock Boot Company accompanies Eleanor with banjo and pedal steel, adding the finishing touches to the session’s classic West Texas vibes. Click here to read more.
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