LD Beghtol

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LD Beghtol
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Beghtol & friend, 2009. Photo: Holly McDade.
Background information
Occupation(s) Composer/producer, art director/graphic designer, writer

LD Beghtol (born 1964, Fort Campbell, Kentucky) is an American musician, art director and writer. He is best known for participating in The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs.[1]

He is a founding member of the band Flare—aka Flare Acoustic Arts League[2]—and the death-pop outfit LD & the New Criticism, and was also in the collective moth wranglers.[3]

In 2012 Beghtol formed LD&CO, with Scott Sosebee (Little Red Rocket) and others to record and play live; their debut single “Morgantown” was mixed by Kramer, but remains unreleased. The band’s experimental 5-songs-in-5 minutes EP, The Just-World Phenomenon was released by Silber in 2015. A full-length album, Mental Health Styling is scheduled for a fall 2016 release, again in collaboration with Kramer. Additionally, he has partnered with Mark Bishop’s San Francisco-based atmospheric synth project Bronze Eye for a series of audio miniatures entitled Adventures in Love & Culture—the first of which was released in May 2016 on Silber.

Beghtol has served as designer/art director for The Village Voice,[4] Travel Holiday, Outdoor Life and other publications; since 2010 he has worked in pharmaceutical advertising for industry leaders CDM and Area 23.

He is also known for his writing about popular culture for Time Out,[5] The Memphis Flyer, The Advocate, The Oxford American[6] and Gail O'Hara's fanzine chickfactor.


  1. ^ Beghtol wrote 69 love songs: a field guide, listed as part of the 33⅓ series, Continuum, 2006, ISBN 978-0-8264-1925-5
  2. ^ Moyer, Matthew (24 September 2009), "Music Reviews: Flare Acoustic Arts League", Ink19, retrieved 2016-04-28 
  3. ^ "Music / News: Kings Of The Boudoir", Fader, 12 April 2005, retrieved 2016-04-28 
  4. ^ Beghtol, LD (8 January 2008), "Resident Alien Klaus Nomi is Back From Outer Space—25 Years After His Death—With a Wondrous New Disc", The Village Voice, retrieved 2016-04-28 
  5. ^ Beghtol, LD (2003), "Freak-cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies return with a fresh bouquet of psycho ballads and fetid ditties", tigerlillies.com, retrieved 2016-04-28 
  6. ^ "Articles by LD Beghtol", Oxford American, archived from the original on 10 November 2012, retrieved 2016-04-28 

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