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.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Stephin Merritt Covers Franz Ferdinand

Stephin Merritt is contributing yet another cover song to this year's Record Store Day.  This April 16, Franz Ferdinand will release a 12" entitled Covers, featuring a contribution from Mr. Merritt.  All songs will apparently be from Franz Ferdinand's last LP entitled Tonight, but a specific tracklist for the 12" has yet to be released.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Magnetic Fields in Spanish

An Argentine trio by the name of Alvy, Nacho, y Rubin has released a Stephin Merritt tribute album entitlted Alvy, Nacho, y Rubin interpretan a Los Campos Magneticos.  The band has apparently spent the past year or so working with Claudia Gonson and Stephin Merritt to interpret his songs into Spanish.  The results?  Phenomenal.

Without resorting to hyperbole, this may be one of my favorite covers of one of Mr. Merritt's songs I've yet heard.  There are more videos of the band playing live here, but really, you should just buy the album.  It's available on iTunes and I'm confirming details of a physical release as we speak.

Eternal gratitude to the band's producer, Mr. Federico Novick for alerting me to the band's existence.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Does your cable provider offer you on-demand viewing privileges?  If so, as of today, you can watch Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields on demand, courtesy of FilmBuff.  I have Comcast cable, and I found the film listed under "New Digital Releases" and "Indies & Foreigns" for $4.99.  Go support this film, guys!!

Also, it's available for pre-order on iTunes today.  So there are all sorts of avenues through which you can give your money to the film.