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, July 19, 2014

Coraline in Chicago

So, my life has gotten busy enough with work, wedding-planning, and cat-petting that prioritizing this blog has become difficult. That being said, I'm still an avid fan of the music this blog covers and am remorseful to be less a part of the scene than I may have been once upon a time. Therefore, it's only appropriate that I return now because my excitement is on FUCKING OVERLOAD to tell you that there is to be a production of Coraline in Chicago!

The play, originally written by Stephin Merritt and David Greenspan, is presented by Black Button Eyes Productions and is to be directed by Ed Rutherford. Its run starts August 8th and continues into September. Having been unable to travel to see the play during either of its previous productions, it should go without saying that I am inordinately excited to see the play in my own city!

For more information, you can go to the website linked above, follow the production on Facebook or Twitter, or bring a sleeping bag and sleep outside the theater until the play begins. Below is a video of the cast and musical director rehearsing the play's overture. If you're unfamiliar with the music, I'd highly recommend buying a copy of the original off-Broadway production's cast recording (featuring David Greenspan as the Other Mother) from Sh-K-Boom, as it's some of Mr. Merritt's most interesting work. It's experimental and weird and yet totally accessible from a musical theater standpoint and goddamn it I'm just excited to finally get to see this play!

Monday, March 10, 2014

101 Two-Letter Words

In a rather strange, yet not-so-unexpected turn of events, Stephin Merritt is publishing his first book!  The book, entitled 101 Two-Letter Words, is to be a series of 101 four-line poems highlighting all of the accepted two-letter words from Scrabble.  The book will feature illustrations from prominent illustrator Roz Chast (whose name Autocorrect keeps changing to "Roz Chaste").  Stephin Merritt briefly talks about the book and its origins here.

The book is to be published this October by W.W. Norton & Company.  Pre-order it here.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I'm a Mitzvah

While you're at it, why don't you go ahead and check out this short film directed by Benjamin Berman featuring music by one Stephin Merritt?  It is entitled I'm a Mitzvah and it stars Ben Schwartz from Parks and Recreation, further weirdening the Six Degrees of Stephin game.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I'm Not Perfect

Hey, guys, remember me?

Stephin Merritt recently performed at this event and the performance was enough to bring me crawling out of my cave to post here again.  Hopefully this will be the beginning of a trend.

Anyhow, here's a video of Mr. Merritt performing a cover of a Grace Jones song while wearing long johns.  I love it so much.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Romance Studies Preview

Stephin Merritt is going to be part of an upcoming exhibit at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston called The Romance Studies.  Mr. Merritt is collaborating on the project with visual artist Ali Naschke-Messing and choreographer Rashaun Mitchell.  The Romance Studies premiers January 2014.

In the mean time, however, you can purchase tickets for a sneak preview of the residency here.  During this preview, which will happen on July 18, the three will be sharing songs and ideas that will likely come to full fruition in the completed exhibit.  Details of exactly what this will entail are scarce, but this is exciting nonetheless!  If any of you gentle readers attend the preview, I would love to hear back a report!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Future Bible Heroes Announce Summer Tour!

Future Bible Heroes will be going on a North American tour this summer!!  The band will, like at the already-announced Bell House show, lack Stephin Merritt but these shows are bound to be amazing nontheless.  Here's to hoping Mr. Merritt is sitting this tour out not only due to lack of interest, but also due to being close to the completion of the musical he is writing with Daniel Handler!

The touring band will consist of Claudia Gonson, Christopher Ewen, Shirley Simms and Anthony Kaczynski.  A full list of dates can be found here.  If you're at the Chicago show, come say hi to this overly eager little blogger!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Video Interview w/ FBH

Above is an absolutely wonderful video of Chris Ewen, Claudia Gonson and Stephin Merritt discussing the history of Future Bible Heroes and offering some brief knowledge about the new album, Partygoing.  It's full of really wonderful information, including some very brief tidbits of songs off the new record and some super adorable footage of the three band members dancing.  Watch it!