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Thursday, October 09, 2003
New Stephin Merritt soundtrack! New Stephin Merritt soundtrack!

This isn't just exciting because it's new Magnetic Fields material, but because his last soundtrack, Eban and Charley, was one of my favorite albums of the year--a little confusing at first with the interludes, but listened to enough, it coheres into a really wonderful whole, with some of Merritt's best songs ("This Little Ukelele," "Maria") interspersed with these really pretty, interesting instrumental bits. It feels like a story.

But seriously, Pitchfork: 69 Love Songs as "amusing parodies you won't care to hear more than once"? Really? Because I'm a-listening to 'em all the time. But I guess we have different views on the value of comedy in music.