The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs

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The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs

Post by Kean » Wed Feb 04, 2004 7:24 pm

So I picked up this three CD boxed set, 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields, on my birthday as a complete and utter impulse purchase. I had quite a few MP3s from the various volumes for the past three years, but it's nice to hear the whole thing in its complete 2+ hour form.

The first volume is by far the best of the three discs, with consistently strong writing all round. Just about every musical style is covered in one of the 69 songs ("Punk Love," "Papa was a Rodeo"), and there are quite a few tongue-in-cheek numbers, with some of the best song titles ever ("A Chicken with Its Head Cut Off," "Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits," "How Fucking Romantic").

I just wanted to say that Stephin Merritt is a certifiable genius. That's all, really. After hearing a few of the new Magnetic Fields tracks from the Pieces of April soundtrack, I'm looking forward to their next album, i, which is coming out this May, I believe.

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Post by hope » Tue Feb 10, 2004 4:47 pm

Oh man, I love Stephen Merritt. I have three Magentic Fields albums, two Future Bible Heroes albums, and one from the Sixths. He's quite the prolific little bastard.

It breaks my heart that no one else has replied to this thread. You're all missing out on more than you know![/i]

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Post by Chevalier » Tue Feb 10, 2004 10:29 pm

Now, I did not plan to break anyone’s heart, but I just felt I had little to add to Kean’s original post. I didn’t include The Magnetic Fields in my ‘profiles’ post, because then I’d have to add all these other names in addition to the 6ths and then I’d have to type more. But, yeah, all of it is great in that lyrical sense, now, myself I prefer when someone else sings the songs, such as on the 6ths, but Merritt’s voice is not bad. Especially on a long trip – 69 love songs is totally the soundtrack to my travels through the west a couple of years back. It feels fitting now, if not then - it was on some 20th listening of ‘Underwear’ that the connection to Serge Gainsbourg dawned on me – I was in Utah. I now forever associate Gainsbourg with Utah for that reason.* It’s strange, huh? But, that’s how his music is, it takes time to decipher, to stick, to unfold, and when it does, it’s beautiful enough to bring a tear to my eye.

*Obviously not over France, but my mind works in strange ways, so I hope I didn’t lose you there.

Also, Hope: Is you work still going to be shown at Texas? I saw you pulled that entry on your website. I’ve asked Grady and a couple of other people about it, they didn’t know. Also: have you ever been to Arizona?

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Post by Sweet_Baboo » Tue Feb 10, 2004 11:54 pm

yeah, I love Stephen Merrit. He makes sweet little songs - some songs i like better than others.

he's quite a strange/funny little man, as far as i've observed.
I enjoy his dead pan sense of humor.

I like how he takes common phrases or expression and turns them into song, and that the songs are kinda musical jokes.

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Post by hope » Wed Feb 11, 2004 6:38 am

Chevalier- It's not actually Texas, it's a place in Chicago called the Texas Ballroom (presumeably because the space is big and south of downtown...?). But yeah. This Friday and Saturday starting at six and presumeably running long into the night. Thanks for reminding me, 'cause I should re-update my site with the info.

Naturally, one of the pieces for this show is still lying unfinished on my apartment floor. :)

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Post by Chevalier » Wed Feb 11, 2004 1:48 pm

Yes, I know it's 'ballroom', I've just abbreviated it. I’m clever that way. Are you there often? If so, perhaps we might have even met, because I'm usually very friendly and accommodating. I hope not, for I can’t recall doing so now.

At 6? Really? That’s strange.

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Post by hope » Wed Feb 11, 2004 6:46 pm

You live in Chicago? :)

I went to Texas once with my friend Nick, who organized the show, to check out the space. One of the people who lives there (?) asked if I was a DJ, which was hilarious.

Apparently it's running 6-10. It IS an art show, so opening at 6 is pretty normal. The rock band (Troubled Hubble) is just to lure more people in and make sure we get our deposit back... Plus they're all good friends of his. I've never heard their music and can't vouch for it, but I've met two thirds of them and they're nice, if niceness counts for anything.

If you come, I'll be the short-haired brunette standing around and looking confused. I'm not very friendly or accommodating, so beware. ;)

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Post by Chevalier » Wed Feb 11, 2004 8:40 pm

Well, I don’t live in Chicago as much as I'm passing through. I travel a lot and strangely enough am a citizen of no country. I have trouble being attached to one place, so to call it ‘home’ is a stretch. This is merely a stop; along to where? I don’t know, but I’d really like to live in Pitcairn at least for a few years in my life – I think I’d really enjoy the solitary nature of the island.

Can you describe the person that asked you that? Texas is defiantly the place to get asked interesting, perhaps even perplexing questions. Some of them I can’t, even now, wrap my head around. Maybe I’ll elaborate at a further time, in person.

Ahh… art showing; right. I was thinking in terms of music. Last Saturday, though the thing was scheduled for 9, only a few showed up until 11. Which was cool since the ones that did totally dictated the ‘high school party’ feeling. There was even break-dancing – which I found very enthusiastic in spirit, if not execution.

And, I’m sure you won’t be that unaccommodating, and if you are, I’ll share my bottle of Whiskey with you. I won’t reveal what I look like, just so you could be surprised – who knows, I might show up in drag or something. Probably not though, so, don’t get your hopes up.

Also: I feel my posts have neglected emoticons, so here I'm making up for that inexcusable lack: :D :) :( :o 8) :lol:

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Post by hope » Wed Feb 11, 2004 8:45 pm

The person who asked me was...um....a chick with short hair. She was painting a wall. That's all I remember.

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Post by Chevalier » Wed Feb 11, 2004 8:48 pm

Sounds like Tess.

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Post by hope » Wed Feb 11, 2004 8:59 pm

I'm not sure if that was her or not (actually, I doubt it), but I was born in Chapel Hill, and she's currently attending my school? Aaah!

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Post by Chevalier » Thu Feb 12, 2004 12:42 pm

Well, there you go. Isn't that cool? I myself never found either of the Carolinas particularly interesting - I mean, what's the Mexican border thing about anyway? But, I’ve only passed through, so…

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Post by John » Fri Feb 13, 2004 4:42 pm

hey kean, "don't forget to feed... your... bear or it'll die!"

great effing album. good impulse purchase.

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Re: The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs

Post by will » Sun May 23, 2004 7:59 am

Kean wrote:So I picked up this three CD boxed set, 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields, on my birthday as a complete and utter impulse purchase. I had quite a few MP3s from the various volumes for the past three years, but it's nice to hear the whole thing in its complete 2+ hour form.
If you don't have it, pick up "Get Lost".... this is my favorite Magnetic Fields album. Influenced a bit by 80s synth pop, but comes from way before the current annoying 80s revival. Horribly depressing breakup songs at their best.

"Charm of the Highway Strip" is also worth checking out.

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Post by Chevalier » Sat Jun 26, 2004 6:14 pm

I've just returned from a show The Magnetic Fields put on in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music. It's a very attractive place, getting there about an hour before the show I had an escorted tour of the premises. They have some interesting murals, friendly people and thick folk song books. Walking by some of the hallways I've got to listen in to practices and classrooms.

The show started off with Andrew Bird and his whistling. It's good music, though, lyrically average. He played on for a half hour, then intermission. A smoke break for me.

Afterwards, Stephen came on, sporting a ukulele and a checkers cap. He looked old. The band joined in later on. They had a few interesting skits in-between, though I couldn't determine if they were staged or genuine. The audience had fun. They went on for 2 hours, and then an encore of three songs. It was a mix of mostly "I" and "69 love songs", with a few songs from "the 6ths" and "Pieces of April". I was happy, my favorite songs were performed. Got a shirt and a poster out of it for my girlfriend.

By the way, she first learned of The Magnetic Fields through this thread, before I met her. So, it's only fitting I should write about it here.

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