The above photograph features Mr. Merritt and Mr. Ethan Cohn playing Erik Satie's "Vexations" on marimba. "Vexations" is about an eight-hour long piece of music consisting of the same small bar repeated over and over 840 times in a row. Stephin Merritt contributed about 20 minutes to a performance back in 2006, the audio of which can be heard right here. The entire performance, (featuring Margaret Leng Tan, noted for having played toy piano on The 6ths' "I've Got New York"), can be found here.
This review of The Magnetic Fields' show last night at Town Hall features a myriad fantastic pictures from the show, including the best ones of Laura Barrett I've seen thus far. Ms. Barrett was, by the way, fascinating. I bought both her CDs. But, anyhoozle, it's a nice review, even if they do misspell Ms. Simms' last name.