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Weary Things

Andy FriedmanAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Salvage / Kindred Rhythm
  • ASIN: B001LX4LFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Miss Being Broken, Lowdown, And Alone
2. Idaho
3. Locked Out Of The Building
4. Road Trippin'
5. Backstage At A Small Hotel
6. Pilot
7. Freddy's Backroom
8. Road Trippin' Daddy
9. Weary Things
10. Weary Apology
11. The Friedman Holler

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Product Description

"Friedman is writing some unforgettable songs." (
"What [Friedman] sees through his windshield isn't Greil Marcus's Old Weird America, but the weird new America where the pastoral is no longer pure." (David Gates, Newsweek).

Andy Friedman's second studio album, Weary Things (City Salvage / Kindred Rhythm), is the first definitive statement in the flourishing Brooklyn Country scene. It is also the first recorded with his band The Other Failures, a colorful and versatile outfit, equally capable of raucous roadhouse stomps and yearning tears-in-your-beer balladry. Throughout the record, Friedman reveals a portrayal of himself as weary artist, poet, observer, traveler, and family man - varnished with a glaze of optimism.

From the album's bittersweet opener, "I Miss Being Broken, Lowdown, and Alone," to the rollicking rockabilly "Road Trippin'," to the anthemic title cut, to the ferocious closer, "The Friedman Holler," Andy exhibits all of the reasons why this "hot live act" (NPR) has garnered such abundant worldwide praise and a growing following.

About the Artist

"It should be considered un-cool not to be into Andy Friedman & The Other Failures," says David Gates of Newsweek. Andy Friedman, the Brooklyn-based visual artist, songwriter, and iconoclast performer has made a name for himself over the last five years as a genre-bending, media-blending "erudite redneck," (Boston Globe) "winning over audiences" (SF Weekly) with his "art-tinged folk songs," (New Yorker) story-songs, and talking blues onstage. Nicknamed the "Hillbilly Leonard Cohen" (Athens News) and "The King of Art Country," (Minneapolis City Pages) Friedman is the embodiment of original Brooklyn country songwriting.

He moonlights as a cartoonist for, most notably, The New Yorker, but the songs written by the "hard scrabble singer-songwriter" (Time Out New York) aren't for laughs. "[Friedman] has a mastery of wordy self-loathing that many white dudes with guitars would kill for." (Nashville Scene)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is This Guy June 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was sitting in a restaurant in Red Hook Brooklyn and this CD came on. I wasn't sure if it was Steve Earle,so I asked the owner" Who is this Guy"?
I thought the sound was interesting both the play on words and the style of music. The owner said it was Andy Friedman. I sat and listened and I was really impressed. I got home and ordered this CD and I listened to it for quite a while. My favorite is Freddy's Backroom, doesn't everybody have or wish they had a bar in there neighborhood like Freddy's? Listening to him sing about the place he's been (The Land of the Sinclair Gas Station signs)etc etc. I could analyze this album,and go on and on. But what I can say is this Guy has a terrific style. I will buy the rest of his CD's and even go see him live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the single October 21, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I fell in love with Freddy's Backroom the first time I saw the video on YouTube. Love at first sight, I still watch it from time to time. It took almost two years to track down the artist to this album. The rest of the album is pretty good too but Freddy's is worth twice the purchase price by itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Friendman CD December 14, 2010
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Friedman's band seems to change every CD but far and away this is the best group he ever assembled. They transform the ages, sometimes sounding like an authentic western band banging around in a saloon. Other times hitting musical highs like the most talented jam bands (without the annoying noodling). They have a very, very, very, very tight ryhthm section that is very dangerous when you are listening to this in your car. Before you know it, you are going 80 miles per hour - if you're not careful. Just a fun CD. I hope Andy gets these boys together for a reunion.
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The mean streets of Brooklyn, NY are host to a thriving collection of hootenannies, hoedowns, jamborees, and scattershot oprys, jugfests and birthday bashes that must leave Manhattan city folk jealous of their outerborough cousins. Third-generation Brooklynite Andy Friedman found his way to the scene by drawing ever-widening musical circles around a background in visual arts. He started with recitations of spoken word lyrics placed alongside his paintings and drawings, added layers of improvisational musical accompaniment at his live shows, and slowly transformed his work with more traditional arrangements that span folk, country rock, twangy blues and studio touches. You can still hear the self-guided evolution in singing that reveals Friedman's narrative voice.

The title of this sophomore album, Weary Things, highlights the physical lethargy in Friedman's singing, as well as the mental wear of yearning for feelings and times that have aged out of a grown-up's life. He's tired, but it's often a good kind of tired: the tired born of life experience and coping with the curveballs thrown by the world. Friedman gazes longingly at the irresponsibility of youth and the grab-bag freedoms of a cross-country trip. He finds independence in touring but is subsumed by the road's isolation from family, declaring the former in the electric blues shuffle "Road Trippin'" and giving in to the latter on the acoustic apologia "Road Trippin' Daddy." Cleverly, the lyrics of both songs are the same but the arrangement and vocal tone rewrite their meaning.

Friedman's self-discovery offers a matured version of Jonathan Richman's childlike wonder. He's humorous without being jokey, arch without being ironic, like writer Nicholson Baker without the OCD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weary Things =Great Listening February 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I truly love this new CD by Andy Friedman and the Other Failures. It was hard for me to imagine anything as spectacular and moving as their first CD. "Taken Man" and yet, they've done it!
Listen not only to the music, but pay attention to the poetry of the lyrics. Friedman clearly has wonderful stories to share and personal emotions to offer up. The music is that perfect support for what is being expressed in each song. It's an experience worth your time. Buy it now, listen to it at once and enjoy it time and again. (You'll get more out of it with each listen.)
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