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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Someone Needs a Chihuahua Sitter: Magnetic Fields to Play Portland

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Woah, calm down Stephin.
  • Woah, calm down Stephin.

For the first time in quite a while, Stephin Merritt and his Magnetic Fields will be passing through our fair town: February 21st and 22nd at the Aladdin. You can get your pre-sale tickets right here. For what do we owe this honor? Well, they'll be touring in support of their forthcoming Realism album, which P4K describes in this baffling paragraph:

The band used no electric instruments in recording Realism, and they also played around with nontraditional percussion instruments like tabla and, seriously, tree leaves. Contributors to the album include the author Daniel Handler— better known as Lemony Snicket— on accordion, Johnny Blood on tuba, and Ida Pearle on violin.

Leaves and Lemony Snicket? This sounds like a terrible idea. Then again, so did a triple-LP with 69 love songs, so until I hear Realism, I'll give Mr. Merritt and his tiny dog the benefit of the doubt.

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