A blog devoted to the works of Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies, et al. This blog will feature news related to his work, as well as occasional fanboy gushes from the author. Thank you for stopping by, and may all your dreams come true.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Pair of Interviews

I typically try to only post interviews in bulk or alongside something more substantial to avoid making this meager blog look more ugly and over-crowded than it may already be. But, there are two recent interviews that are both quite good and I thought it might be prudent to share them promptly as opposed to waiting.

The AV Club provides the first here, and in it Mr. Merritt answers a pretty diverse array of questions. Most of them aren't of particular substance necessarily, but if you're sick of reading the "I put the poems on index cards" story but still appreciate Mr. Merritt's punditry, then it is recommended.

The next with the New York City Center is here. In it, Mr. Merritt talks at length about his favorite obscure musical and goes into some detail about his own work in musical theater. I really recommend it. Thanks very much to Matt Weinstock for sending the interview my way!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An event, some interviews

Next month, Stephin Merritt will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge next month with Tanya Donnelly. Also in attendance will be the inimitable Sam Davol. Tickets and further information can be found here.

There have also been several interviews lately, but to spare all of our sanity I'll only post those that offer the most information. Salon interviews Mr. Merritt here, the last line of which perhaps sums up every interview Mr. Merritt has done for the past 15 or so years.

Also, Mr. Merritt's recent interview at the JCCSF (part of his recent book tour) has been uploaded to Youtube. It's fairly fun and features a musicalized version of the poem "Aa," as well as a somewhat impromptu performance of "Roses," about which I reckon I am one of the few to be significantly excited. Find it embedded below.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Interviews, a new live date

Ever the trusty pundit, Mr. Merritt has been doing a few interviews to promote 101 Two-Letter Words. The first is this one with The New Yorker, whose title I can't believe isn't being used by every single goddamn article about the book.

The LA Times offers this short interview, wherein Mr. Merritt explains the impetus for making his mnemonic devices poems and not songs.

Paste Magazine offers this interview, which only serves as reminder of how badly I want to hear Mr. Merritt's song about Ethan Frome.

Most excitingly though, is the fact that Mr. Merritt is continuing his series of solo live shows. The day after his Chicago book tour stop, Mr. Merritt will be performing at The Old Town School of Folk Music in the same city. More information can be found here.

Having seen The Magnetic Fields play the same venue in 2008, I can attest to it being a really wonderful space for this music. If you go to the show, be sure to come say hi to a certain little blogger, as I've already procured tickets thanks to the overflowing kindness of one Mr. Andrew Horton and his friend Jessica.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

New York Times Interview

The New York Times did this interview with Stephin Merritt. It's a quick read and offers little in the way of new information, although the new book is discussed in some depth. So, there's that.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dans la cour

Stephin Merritt wrote the score for the new Catherine Deneuve film Dans la Cour (the English translation being In the Courtyard). The film premiered in France earlier this year, with an international release forthcoming. The film's plot revolves around a musician, so it's possible that the music is more than just incidental, although this is purely conjecture on my part. That being said, Mr. Merritt's incidental music for Eban and Charley is some of my favorite work of his, so I'd be excited to hear anything! Watch the trailer for the film below.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

101 Two-Letter Words Book Tour!

This Fall, Stephin Merritt will be heading out on a brief book tour to promote his new book, 101 Two-Letter Words. A complete list of dates can be found here. I'm of course delighted by Mr. Merritt's series of solo public performances as of late, but also a bit bewildered. Nevertheless, I will no-doubt be at that Chicago show! In the mean time, check out that calendar and preorder the book here.

Also, be sure to read this interview with Mr. Merritt from a couple months ago that somehow slipped by my radar until now.


Friday, August 22, 2014

SM Speaking at The Brattle

On October 10, Stephin Merritt will be appearing in conversation with Ethan Gilsdorf at The Brattle in Cambridge, MA. The appearance will be in conjunction with Merritt's upcoming book, 101 Two-Letter Words, which you should preorder right now. Mr. Merritt will also be signing his book.

Tickets for the event are $22 (including the cost of the book) and will go on sale September 9th. Here's to hoping this is the first in a series of similar events for Mr. Merritt!

While I'm here, don't forget to buy tickets for Stephin Merritt's solo performance at BAM September 19th. Sharing the bill with Mr. Merritt are Iron & Wine and Devendra Banhart, the latter of whom's tablas are heard on Realism.