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Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces released their second album of the year, Rehearsing My Choir, on October 25. It's a concept album based on the life of their 83-year-old grandmother, Olga Santos. She shares narration duties with Eleanor. The liner notes say the disc was mixed in San Diego at Singing Serpent, Rafter Roberts's label.

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The Friedbergers (who, unlike the White Stripes, really are brother and sister) have a reputation in the music industry because of their frequent disagreements and fights. When I saw the Chicagoans at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in September, Matthew called out the sound guy mid-song. "Turn my fucking monitor back on," he said, and stared at him the rest of the show.

"They are difficult to work with, but that's only because Matt has a restless mind," Roberts said. "He's constantly changing, revising, [and] re-envisioning things so nothing is ever safe, which I think is a great way to work. They were nothing but sweet people to me, but I'm sure that they're a bit hard on each other sometimes."

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Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces released their second album of the year, Rehearsing My Choir, on October 25. It's a concept album based on the life of their 83-year-old grandmother, Olga Santos. She shares narration duties with Eleanor. The liner notes say the disc was mixed in San Diego at Singing Serpent, Rafter Roberts's label.

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The Friedbergers (who, unlike the White Stripes, really are brother and sister) have a reputation in the music industry because of their frequent disagreements and fights. When I saw the Chicagoans at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in September, Matthew called out the sound guy mid-song. "Turn my fucking monitor back on," he said, and stared at him the rest of the show.

"They are difficult to work with, but that's only because Matt has a restless mind," Roberts said. "He's constantly changing, revising, [and] re-envisioning things so nothing is ever safe, which I think is a great way to work. They were nothing but sweet people to me, but I'm sure that they're a bit hard on each other sometimes."

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