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.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

69 Love Scenes

69 Love Scenes is a three-night play written by a gaggle of writers based on 69 Love Songs.  The Gnap Theatre in Austin, TX will be presenting it in its workshop form May 21 - June 12.  Tickets can be purchased here.  For more information on the play, check out this interview with organizer Kerri Lendo

Personally, I find this idea so exciting!  I know there have been several revues of 69 Love Songs, a ballet based on it, LD Beghtol's marvelous book, and now this.  I love that people are still so inspired by the album this long after its release.  Of course, I'd love to go, but Texas is too damn hot for me.

Also, if you want to see more photos of Stephin Merritt at the Obie Awards show (including one of him smiling (!!)), I recommend clicking this link.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

SM at the Obies

Stephin Merritt has won a prestigous Obie award, it would seem!!  Mr. Merrritt has won in the category of music and lyrics for (what else?) Coraline.  Congratultions to Mr. Merritt and all parties involved.  At this point, I'm sure Mr. Merritt's resumé is dauntingly long and, of course, very impressive. 

Oh, and can I just mention how much I adore the above photograph? 

Monday, May 17, 2010

More reviews, SM appearance

First off, I have a couple of reviews to share.  Spinning Platters has posted this review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and I continue to be amazed by the continous nonplussitude with which people are reacting to the film.  Let's wait and see after the next couple of screenings, I suppose.  There's also Brooklyn The Borough's pretty well-thought-out review of Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields and Claudia Gonson's performance at the Bell House (of which I still really want a video, people).

Stephin Merritt is also slated to appear at the June 7 screening of the documentary.  Filmmakers Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara are slated to appear and both the June 7 and June 6 screenings.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

20k in LA

The Cinefamily has announced a presentation of Stephin Merritt's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea score!!  Information can be found here.  There will be two performances on July 11, one at 6:30pm and one at 9:30pm.  Tickets can be purchased here and here, respectively.

I love that this is touring as much as it is!!  Here's hoping to a show in Chicago, though I won't be holding my breath, to be sure.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New interview!

Popmatters has posted this new interview with Stephin Merritt.  Am I the only one who is slightly dismayed that Stephin Merritt may well never produce the reggaeton album of my dreams!?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Claudia Gonson video, great review of Strange Powers

I found this video of Claudia Gonson and Kerthy Fix discussing Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields, but I can't watch it because I'm at work right now.  I hope you all enjoy it, though!  I'm still waiting for a video to surface of Ms. Gonson playing "Beauty" from the other night's Chris Knox benefit in NYC.

Also, I'm pleased to link to this review of the film, which I truly believe is the best one I've thus far.  It's a great summation, and the only one to approach the film from any sort of analytical viewpoint.  Guys, I'm far too excited for this movie.  Thanks so much to Mr. Jim Perretta for this review!

Are these consistent mini updates with no real information frustrating?  I certainly fuckin' hope not.  There will be a real entry before the week is up, I promise.  Don't give up on me, you all, I love you far too much.

Friday, May 7, 2010

More film-related posts

The Village Voice has posted this very excellent Q&A with Ms. Kerthy Fix, director of Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields.  Of particular interest is the bit where they talk about Stephin Merritt's fanbase.  Several astute observations are made in this regard, to say the least.

Then, there's this review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (thanks to the increasingly-mentioned Nick David for this review) which makes the exact same complaints as the last one, right down to the MST3K reference.  This is an unexpected complaint, really, but doesn't damper my excitedness over hearing the work.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Real 20k Review

Thanks very much to Mr. Jack Curtis Dubowsky for the above picture of part of Mr. Merritt's score.  Here is his well-written review of the event, featuring a couple of more photographs of Mr. Merritt's instrumental setup.  It's hard for me to see Stephin Merritt actually mocking the film, but I will withhold judgement and remain objective as I haven't yet seen the film.  But, still!  It's a damn good review, and for now, the only one available on the whole damn internet, so I appreciate it.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Theatrical Release!

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields is getting a theatrical release!  Starting October 27 at Film Forum in New York, the film will be making its rounds across North America at some as yet unannounced theaters.  The film is being distributed by Variance Films.

This is, needless to say, fantastic fucking news.

Reviews of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea have yet to pour in.  Hopefully there will be some in the coming few days.

20k Mini-Review, the Best Song Title of All Time, and BREAKING NEWS

"Saw 20k Under the Sea (1916) accompanied by Stephin Merritt at the Castro.  Highlight: the "I Don't Want to Wear Pants" song."
dhelder, via Twitter

And, so the first review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a positive one.

But, in more breaking news territory, apparently, Stephin Merritt merely considers this score the first part in a trilogy!  I hope more news on this is to come, as well as more positive reviews of the score (particularly this pants song).