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.

4 comments:

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

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    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.

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  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!

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

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