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.

Friday, January 27, 2012

"When Next in Love I Fall" lyrics!

Having received my copy of the "Andrew in Drag" 7" today, my day has been whiled away listening and re-listening to the B-side "When Next in Love I Fall."  It's a really gorgeous song with an unforgettable melody and poignantly poetic lyrics that are not transcribed, much to my own befuddlement and ire, in a lyric sheet of any kind.  As such, I've taken it upon myself to transcribe the lyrics as I have heard them.

When next in love I fall,
it will be for a day,
no less no more.
For after that it's all downhill:
meeting the folks, 
hearing their jokes!
It's all a hoax
and such a bore.

A day and nothing more.

When next in love I fall,
I think I'll fill one night and 
then move on.
We'll laugh a laugh,
and drink a drink.
Then vow a vow 
to bow a bow,
remembering how love doesn't dawn.

One night and then move on.

When next in love I fall,
I guess a single hour will be enough
to play the games of love and chess.
We'll speak of Sartre
and sing of art,
then dance apart
which will be rough.

One hour will be enough.

When next in love I fall,
I'll give it three minutes
just like a song.
I'll give it just that long to live
before before
before before 
before before
it all goes wrong.

Three minutes like a song.

There is a question mark by the line ending with "die" because, having listened to it several times, that is what I discern it to be, but this line would break the rhyme scheme otherwise presented in the song.  Any ears more objectively discerning than my own would be appreciated!  Lyrics have most probably been corrected, with many thanks extended to the oh-so lovely Mr. Brian Coffey.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Openers for US tour confirmed

The Merge Records website has confirmed all of the opening acts for the US portion of The Magnetic Fields' 2012 tour.  The duty will be split between the aforementioned Holcombe Waller, Bachelorette, Kelly Hogan (well known for having covered "Papa Was a Rodeo"), and an all-acoustic DeVotchKa.  This is all, of course, very exciting!  Openers for the European portion of the tour have yet to be announced.

For those of you who missed Mr. Stephin Merritt's appearance at Cinefamily last month, a series of clips from the event have been uploaded, the first of which can be found here.  Eternal gratitude to Mr. Ian Crane for pointing me in the direction of these clips.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Trailer for Stephin Merritt video game, Opener for TMF

According to this tweet, a gentleman called Holcombe Waller will be opening up for The Magnetic Fields at a few dates of their 2012 tour.  Other openers are yet to be announced, though I'd imagine you know where to go for future clarifications on such subjects.

 Also, a trailer for Space Cruiser, the live video game with narration provided by Stephin Merritt premiering tomorrow night now has a trailer.  Watch it below.

SPACE CRUISER from Ivan Safrin and Babycastles from Ida C. Benedetto on Vimeo.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Stephin Merritt stars in a video game

Odd a sentence though it may seem to type, Stephin Merritt will be starring in a video game.  The American Museum of Natural History will be hosting a live, in-person video game entitled "Space Cruiser." From what I can gather, the game will center around a spaceship controlled by up to 200 people with narration provided by Mr. Merritt.  Music for the event will be provided by One Ring Zero.  The event will take place on January 26.  Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.  I would love to hear about it if any of you lovely readers do attend the event.

Daniel Handler continues to torture us with the ever elusive Song From Venus in this interview, comparing it to Chinese Democracy.  In more exciting news, however, he says the he and Mr. Merritt have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to write another musical, which is already in workshop stages.  I hope this one's future is more prosperous than its seemingly ill-fated predecessor.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Stephin Merritt on XFM right now!

Mr. Stephin Merritt is appearing on John Kennedy's X-Posure show on XFM as I type these very words.  He will be engaged in conversation with Mr. Kennedy and will also be playing songs from his ukulele.  The show can be streamed here, and do not fret if you're in America and it tries to boot you off.  Just give them a UK postal code and the problem is solved instantly.

Do not fret, however, if you are reading these words too far into the future to hear it live.  Mr. Kennedy's show is podcasted and past episodes can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Andrew in Drag" now streaming!

Merge Records has uploaded "Andrew in Drag," The Magnetic Fields' first single off their new record, to stream here.  Do I need to tell you that it's GREAT?  Do I need to tell you that however excited I was before now seems like a silly amount of excitement in comparison to the corpulent excitement within me after hearing this song?  Listen to the song, people.

Merge Records has the "Andrew in Drag" 7" available for preorder here.  They describe the single's b-side, "When Next In Love, I Fall," as ukulele-driven, which would be in stark juxtaposition with the very synthy a-side, but is riveting information nonetheless.  You have an overeager blogger on your hands, kind readers!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Stephin Merritt at Upstairs on the Square

On March 8, Mr. Stephin Merritt will be appearing with one half of Magnetic Fields merch team extraordinaire Emma Straub at an event called Upstairs on the Square.  The lovely Ms. Straub blogs about the event here, and confirms that Mr. Merritt will be playing some songs to complement her own reading from her book, Other People We Married.  The pair will also be interviewed.

Ms. Straub also confirmed a forthcoming tour blog, which is a cause for celebration 'round these parts.