2012: A Year In Pictures: April – May

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DeVotchka, Beacon Theater, New York, NY, April 4, 2012
 
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Stephin Merritt, The Magnetic Fields, Beacon Theater, New York, NY, April 4, 2012
 
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Claudia Gonson, The Magnetic Fields, Beacon Theater, New York, NY, April 4, 2012
 
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Diamond Doves, Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, April 21, 2012
 
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Elvis Perkins cameo appearance, Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, April 21, 2012
 
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Van Preston, Joe’s Pub, New York, NY, May 17, 2012
 
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Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe’s Pub, New York, NY, May 17, 2012
 
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Band I Really Love: The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields: because nobody else does hilarious, cranky, sweet, biting, romantic songs like Stephin Merritt (vocals/ukelele/harmonioum/keyboard) and his merry crew, aka Claudia Gonson (vocals/percussion/piano), Sam Davol (cello/flute), John Woo (banjo/guitar) and Shirley Simms (vocals/autoharp/ukelele).

For example, Andrew in Drag, from their latest record, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. It’s been stuck in my head for weeks and so now I’m going to share it with you, so I won’t be the only one singing the chorus under my breath at random and inappropriate times. (Note: contains nudity, may be unsafe for work!)
 

The Magnetic Fields – Andrew in Drag


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This one is called With Whom To Dance and every time I listen to it, I observe, wistfully, that really as far as I’m concerned the only wretched part of being single is not having anyone to slow dance with at weddings. You know? Everyone else gets up to sway and spin and there I am perched on the edge of my chair feeling kind of lonely and awkward about everything. Thank you for capturing that emotion in song, Mr. Merritt! Continue reading