Somebody has been awesome enough to post two old bootleg videos of The Magnetic Fields playing in 1996. They are, of course, too lovely for words. For fans like me who got into the band post-69LS, this will no-doubt be a revelation. Certainly their current live instrumentation is more akin to the band's sound as a whole, but these videos (and, ahem, certain recordings I've mustered up over the years) are just fascinating to watch. It's also worth noting that these videos were made in the brief period of time in the 90's when Claudia Gonson has left the band and was replaced with a drum machine charmingly dubbed "Claudiatron."
Thanks very much to Mr. Jesus Lapiedra for sending these my way and for being a nice, modern gentleman all around.
Firstly, "Why I Cry:"
And, "Summer Lies:"