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, October 24, 2011

Stephin Merritt & co. On Craig Ferguson

Moby, he of Play fame, just tweeted the following delectable tweet:

october 31 i'll be involved in a one night only halloween supergroup with stephin merritt, amanda palmer, and neil gaiman. on craig ferguson

This, of course, is extraordinarily exciting.  According to Neil Gaiman's enviable blog, he will be sitting in the chair and acting as the spokesperson for the band.  This show will also be the starting point for his and his lovely wife's An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer tour, with which one can only surmise that a certain Mr. Merritt might very be involved (if only for the L.A. date).  

Mr. Gaiman also says that Ms. Palmer is responsible for putting the group together.  This does make me more hesitant to believe that they will be debuting a song from the upcoming Merritt/Gaiman Grand Guignol musical, but a boy can still dream.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A couple of interviews

The Quietus has posted a really long, really detailed interview with Mr. Stephin Merritt here.  In it, they discuss Mr. Merritt's propensities as a songwriter, his adoration for silent film, and several other topics.  Most excitingly, however, they discuss the status of the next Magnetic Fields record, for which Mr. Merritt admits he is doing a ton of solo recording.

Also, Ms. Gail O'Hara has written a piece about the influence of Serge Gainsbourg for Salon.com here.  Mr. Merritt is briefly quoted in the piece about his favorite Gainsbourg duet, "Comic Strip," a doozy of a song if ever there was one.  Listen to it here.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Claudia Gonson at The Recipe Project Release Party

One Ring Zero, friends of The Magnetic Fields, fellow Claudia Gonson clients, and magnificent band in their own right are involved in a new multimedia project entitled The Recipe Project.  In celebration of its release, they will be holding a record release party at which Ms. Claudia Gonson will be singing!  Reserve a space for the show here.

Below is my particular favorite One Ring Zero song, "Radio," from their album As Smart as We Are.  Free hugs and kudos to whoever is able to tell me the special Magnetic Fields connection with this song!