The signing lines are the best part about any Dresden Dolls show. The connections, the interactions, the emotions, the love - all of that bleeds right in front of you. Sometimes being a bystander to it feels voyeuristic, in a way, and sometimes it feels like you’re in the right place, and can offer someone something that they’ll cherish - like a photograph, or access, or a smile, or understanding.
The very first time I saw The Dresden Dolls live was at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square, I went to see an in-store performance and signing for the release of their sophomore album “Yes, Virginia” a few hours before I saw them headline Webster Hall. This Record Store Day in-store performance and signing for their Record Store Day exclusive “The Virginia Monologues” was almost exactly 9 years to the day when I first met the band.
“I always tell the girls never take it seriously, if you never take it seriously you never get hurt, if you never get hurt you always have fun, and if you ever get lonely just go to the record store and visit your friends…”
This is a shot I took at THE THING, a very huge record store in Greenpoint. Everything was unsorted and rather chaotic, but if you’re willing to spend some time looking for hidden gems it’s well worth it. I found a Da Brat and Xzibit acappella there for $2 each :)