What I’ve Been Listening To.

Thsi week, I’ve listened almost exclusively to one of the gifts that the otter gave me: 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields. I had actually heard some of these songs before on a CD that the otter had lent me of what was billed (by an aquaintence of hers who gave her the CD) a “The Best of 69 Love Songs.”

Anyway, before you ask, yes, there really are 69 songs in the collection, and they all speak of love in some form or another.

This 3 disc set is a great collection, as well as a great introduction to the work of Stephin Merritt, the lead singer. Merritt is the leader of three other bands as well: The Gothic Archies, Future Bible Heroes, and The 6ths. According to the liner notes, a lot of this music could have been recorded by any of those bands instead of the Magnetic Fields.

Let’s see…there’s some filler on this (there would have to be in a 69-song opus), but some of the highlights are “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side,” “Reno Dakota,” which is probably the first song to mention the color “Pantone 292,” “Papa was a Rodeo,” and “Absolutely Cuckoo.”

Also, Merritt shows of his Ukelelee skills on songs such as the brilliant “A Pretty Girl is Like…” and “Queen of the Savages,” the latter of which is the best love song written about a cannibal I’ve ever heard.

The liner notes are great, too. Accordionist from the album Daniel Handler (also known to some of you as author Lemony Snicket) interviews Merritt about each song on the album, New York, and H.P. Lovecraft, among other things.

Anyway, here are some songs from the album:


Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side (ignore the video)

Love is Like a Bottle of Gin

Post edited 1-6-08 (Merritt has 3 other bands, not 2)


One Response to “What I’ve Been Listening To.”

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