Thursday, March 8, 2012

Girl in audience at last night's Magnetic Fields show: "Play something from Holiday! Please!"
Stephin Merritt: "Shut up."
Glorious. My recording from the front row turned out great!
Mark Prindle-esque breakdown of the set:
Distant Plastic Trees (1): Tar-Heel Boy
The Wayward Bus (0)
The Charm Of The Highway Strip (1): Fear Of Trains
Holiday (1): Swinging London
Get Lost (1): Smoke And Mirrors
69 Love Songs (9): A Chicken With Its' Head Cut Off, Reno Dakota, Come Back From San Francisco, No One Will Ever Love You, Time Enough For Rocking When We're Old, Busby Berkeley Dreams, Boa Constrictor, The Book Of Love, Grand Canyon
i (2): I Die, It's Only Time
Distortion (1): Drive On, Driver
Realism (1): You Must Be Out Of Your Mind
Obscurities (2): Plant White Roses, Forever And A Day
Love At The Bottom Of The Sea (7): Your Girlfriend's Face, I've Run Away To Join The Fairies, My Husband's Pied-A-Tere, The Horrible Party, Goin' Back To The Country, Andrew In Drag, Quick!
Other (1): Smile! No One Cares How You Feel (Gothic Archies cover)

It was probably the quietest and most laid back show I will ever see from a major band (that hearing condition of Stephin's must definitely be irritating) but it was fun. Lots of good stage banter, and it was neat the way they alternated vocalists on a few songs (Stephin sang lead on "Come Back From San Francisco" and Shirley did "Fear Of Trains", for instance). It being sold out also didn't stop this girl I was next to in line who's a huge fan - she came all the way from Miami without a ticket, but managed to find someone on Craigslist selling one while still in line. Technology!

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