Monday, November 22, 2010

  • Watching the documentary about The Magnetic Fields on Friday, I realized I still harbor childish fantasies of being famous. The main way I want/expect this to manifest: looking famous in photographs (which says more about the photographers you traffic with than you).
  • My favorite Magnetic Fields song is "I Don't Want to Get Over You." Runner-up: "All My Little Words."
  • I periodically become obsessed with the New Pornographers album Challengers. This is one of my favorite driving CDs ever. Every song is imminently sing-along-able. The title track gives me the chills.
  • Rearrange Us by Mates of State is also excellent for driving.
  • I don't understand people who can enjoy music without singing along.
  • What ever happened to Bright Eyes? To clarify: I don't miss him/them.

17 comments:

  1. What about music where you can't sing along?

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  2. I can enjoy it, but not for driving!

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  3. "the book of love" is my favorite magnetic fields song. that documentary was playing at film forum but i missed it.

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  4. It's not particularly amazing as a film, but worth watching if you like TMF.

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  5. i first discovered them in the summer of 2004, during the cicada plague. i remember walking the streets of bloomington trying to avoid stepping on cicadas and listening to the magnetic fields. that was 2004 for ya.

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  6. "All My Little Words" is definitely in my Magnetic Fields top five. I had the pleasure of seeing them on their 69 Love Songs tour nearly 10 years ago when they made a 2-night stop at the Somerville Theater. They played the first 35 songs the first night and the last 34 songs the next night. The entire lineup of guest singers was on hand, and the rendition of "All My Little Words" was fantastic, far superior to the studio version. However, THE performance of the night was Stephen Merritt singing "Asleep and Dreaming" with nothing but his ukulele as an accompaniment. It's been 10 years and I still remember that single song as one of the best performances I've ever experienced.

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  7. What's the best way to look famous in a photograph?

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  8. Get a good photographer. I think it also helps if you genuinely look like you don't care or don't know you're being photographed.

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  9. What's a good example of that kind of deliberately-ignorant-of-being-photographed famous person photo?

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  10. Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind is those photos of Nigella Lawson cooking and tasting exuberantly. Not publicity shots where she's smiling at the camera. But just looking indifferent, rather than ignorant, works too. See that photo of Joan Didion I posted here a while back.

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  11. To clarify I've seen them in her cookbooks.

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  12. Or this photo of the man in question:

    http://jason.midside.com/hero%20pics/stephen%20merritt.jpg

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  13. speaking of famous, "famous" might be my 2nd or 3rd favorite magnetic fields song.

    i still haven't entirely given up my ambitions to be famous. i really think i could act. memorizing lines might be hard, but i could probably learn.

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  14. #1: I Think I Need a New Heart
    #2: I Don't Believe You

    Like your and Matt's #1's a lot too.

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  15. Great call on Challengers. Have yet to understand why most opinions seem to consider that a weak spot in their catalog.

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  16. "What's a good example of that kind of deliberately-ignorant-of-being-photographed famous person photo?"

    Bob Dylan photographs. especially the shot of him about to light a cigarette.

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