Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Sell Jigsaw Puzzles (Because Sometimes T-Shirts and Posters Just Aren't Enough).

So many good bands have recently been in Nashville! I just saw The Polyphonic Spree, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Queen The Protomen. The Edward Sharpe show was uneven, but I still loved it. They jammed out on "Awake My Body" for about 40 minutes, which was strange because it's not even an Edward Sharpe song--it's from Alex Ebert's solo side project, Alexander. I got bored during the long jam, so I waited 15 minutes for the bathroom, visited the merch table, and they were still playing "Awake My Body" when we returned! But that merch table visit was very fruitful.

I love weird band merchandise. I don't want shirts and posters; I want music boxes and... jigsaw puzzles! So I was thrilled to see that Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are selling a hand-numbered, limited edition 500 piece puzzle depicting a tiny Alex Ebert composing music in a village of mushroom houses. ADORABLE.

We bought #43; I wished that #42 was available: "Forty-two is the answer!" But they only had two puzzles for sale at that show, and #51 had just sold. Still, I perked up when I realized we had the answer and then some. This entire exchange might have definitely had something to do with the unexpected hugeness of "large" size wine cups at the Ryman. *grin*

After the neverending jam, they got down to business and played an even mix of songs from Up From Below and Here, closing the show with a gorgeous rendition of "Om Nashi Me" that had me on my feet and singing every word. That song is a Band-Aid for a bruised heart, and I always turn to it at the end of a bad day. It means a lot to me, and I was so glad they played it.

This week I finally put the puzzle together, and it's so pretty. If I had any extra wall space, I'd probably glaze it and frame it, but I'm running out of room for art... and I still have more ideas for new paintings! Keith and I have tickets to see The Tallest Man on Earth, Dirty Projectors, the Black Angels, and Godspeed You Black Emperor soon.I hope I can pick up some more music related oddities at the upcoming shows. Maybe Dirty Projectors throw pillows? Or Tallest Man on Earth cocktail shakers? YES!

Tiny Alex is tiny.


  1. Haha, oh wow, that is awesome. I love weird band merch - so much cooler than a tshirt or bumper sticker!

    1. I know, right? I always *want* to buy merch, but I don't wear tshirts or put stickers on my car, so... I want band barware. I hope that becomes a thing.

  2. I've never heard of The Protomen so I searched on Youtube. They're pretty cool! I don't like t-shirts but I usually buy CDs. I've never seen a jigsaw puzzle though, lol. Nice find!

    1. Thanks! The Protomen are Keith's college buddies, so we're biased. :) They're really good, though!


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