Posted in music | pictures on April 4, 2012

photos by Chris La Putt

The Magnetic Fields @ Beacon Theater
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"Though Merritt performs much of the music on his studio albums himself, the live incarnation of Magnetic Fields has long featured Claudia Gonson on piano and vocals, cellist Sam Davol and guitarist John Woo, all of whom where in typically elegant form [at the recent Friday night LA show]. The core group was augmented by vocalist/ukulele player Shirley Simms, whose presence tilted the set list toward songs on which she has appeared over the years, including "Drive On, Driver" and "No One Will Ever Love You."" [LA Times]
Like they did in Chicago, the Magnetic Fields are playing two shows in NYC as part of their current tour. The first of those was last night, 4/3, at the Beacon Theater with Devotchka who open for them at the same venue tonight. The setlists have been pretty similar on this tour, so check out what they played in LA (which Chris remembers as being about what they played in NYC), under the pictures from Tuesday's NYC show, below...

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LA setlist:
I Die
A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
Your Girlfriend's Face
Reno Dakota
Come Back From San Francisco
No One Will Ever Love You
I've Run Away to Join The Fairies
Plant White Roses
Drive On Driver
My Husband's Pied-A-Terre
Time Enough for Rocking
The Horrible Party
Smoke and Mirrors
Goin' Back to the Country
Andrew in Drag
Quick!
Busby Berkeley Dreams
Boa Constrictor
The Book of Love
Fear of Trains
You Must Be Out of Your Mind
Grand Canyon
Swinging London
It's Only Time
Smile! No One Cares How You Feel (The Gothic Archies cover)
Encore:
Tar-Heel Boy
Forever and a Day

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Comments (40)

SEVIL YTINASNIL

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 1:03 AM

The NPR crowd really eats this stuff up. Pass.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 4:19 AM

You'd think the LA times could discern the difference between "where" and "were"

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 8:21 AM

The bassist kills !

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 8:58 AM

What a crap setlist. Glad I caught them on the "i" tour, because nothing they've put out since then has been that great.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 9:11 AM

He has that real professional look.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 9:15 AM

lazy Magnetic Fields. They've been doing the same exact same setlist since they started their tour in March.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 9:36 AM

This is the definition of twee right here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 9:38 AM

RuPaul is less gay than twee.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 9:46 AM

worst live band ever

Posted by Bono & the Edge | April 4, 2012 10:25 AM

How was the show? I fell asleep during the first note of the first song

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 10:30 AM

All of the merchandise was marked up $5 when they played Oakland. wtf is up with that?

I agree, very lazy to play the same setlist when they have such a huge catalog.

Posted by OldBro | April 4, 2012 10:36 AM

maybe the venue in Oakland gets part of the sales? that's why they had to mark it up :)

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 10:49 AM

Rufus Humphrey was really looking forward to this show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 11:04 AM

The Magnetic Fields WERE twee. Sadly, now they fall under the aforementioned NPR "adult indie contemporary" category.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 11:09 AM

10:30: Do you know if they have the first song live on YouTube. I haven't been able to get to sleep lately and could use a good, QUICK pass-out method.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 11:17 AM

those chickpeas didnt stand a chance :(

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 11:55 AM

what were the set times?

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 1:18 PM

Devotchka 8ish
Magnetic Fields 9:15

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 2:25 PM

So did anyone actually enjoy this show? I'm going tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 2:34 PM

8:00: Doors
8:45: Gay Care Bear parade
9:30: Intermission (nap time)
10:30: Magnetic Fields (the real nap time)
11:45: Mommy comes to pick yous all up

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 2:40 PM

^ Wait, The Doors are openers? Bummed they're only getting a 30 min. set though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 2:47 PM

i enjoyed it! if you like their music, they were really great!

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 2:56 PM

@ 9:11 - Agree on their work since "I". I think that was the best thing Merritt has ever done--yes, better than 69 Love Songs--and when it wasn't that well-received by critics or in terms of sales (or by all the douchebag posters on this site--except me, natch), it seemed like he kind of gave up. Or starting drinking even more. Too bad, he's a talented guy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 3:09 PM

I dunno, I love Distortion. Maybe it's because I'm a big JAMC fan, but there isn't a song on that record I don't like.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 3:24 PM

"I" is the best thing Merritt has ever done? Maybe you were born in the 90s.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 3:25 PM

Some people say he's a racist.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 3:32 PM

3:32, that whole racist thing was started by Sasha Frere-Jones because Stephin didn't list much hip hop in his list of best songs of the century. He apologized and said he was wrong, but some uber feminist cunt named Jessica Hopper decided to run with it. Watch the doc.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 3:37 PM

got 2 tickets - will sell face value, no charges! email me

Posted by Charlie | April 4, 2012 4:17 PM

it was a boring show... and i'm a fan of this band. shit setlist.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 7:45 PM

3:09 - Maybe I wasn't being totally fair, because I thought Distortion was pretty decent, too. The main reason the "i" tour was so good though was because those songs worked so seamlessly with the 69 Love Songs material. That and I'm a sucker for the uke.

Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2012 11:05 PM

MF should be opening for devotchka

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2012 12:35 AM

Sensational show tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2012 1:18 AM

Setlist the same?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2012 1:20 AM

setlist was pretty much the same

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2012 3:27 PM

@12:35am - can't say i disagree with you but all in all not a bad show in total - first time sitting for a band in a long time

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2012 5:28 PM

The new album blows. Hard.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2012 5:39 PM

Saw them on the 2nd night @ Beacon. Horrible. The set list grew more soporific by the minute. Stephen Merrit and the piano-playing female vocalist (forgot her name) spent most of the night sniping at each other. The show was a bore and we couldn't wait for it to be over. We stayed for the encore, unfortunately. The band slipped into a coma and played a couple of half-hearted dirges. What happened to this formerly competent, witty band?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2012 10:57 AM

Saw them on the 2nd night @ Beacon. Horrible. The set list grew more soporific by the minute. Stephen Merrit and the piano-playing female vocalist (forgot her name) spent most of the night sniping at each other. The show was a bore and we couldn't wait for it to be over. We stayed for the encore, unfortunately. The band slipped into a coma and played a couple of half-hearted dirges. What happened to this formerly competent, witty band?

Posted by wdyan | May 30, 2012 11:33 AM

this is quite wicked

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 6:58 PM

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