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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Continued Press Junketry

So, yeah.  Above is a video of Mr. Stephin Merritt playing some songs for KEXP in a bathroom.  Most notably, he performs a cover of "Flush Piece" by Yoko Ono.  It's quite a moving rendition.

The Silver Tongue has posted this interview with Mr. Merritt that, quite frankly, covers very little new ground.  But, there you go anyhow.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Stephin Merritt plays ukulele in a car.

Above is a video of Mr. Stephin Merritt playing what sounds like a severely up-tempo rendition of "This Little Ukulele" in the backseat of a car for Milan Acoustics.

Listen to an interview with Mr. Merritt here, by the way.

The Magnetic Fields begin the European leg of their tour tomorrow night in Brighton, UK.  Buy tickets for this particular event here.  While you're at it, go see the band a ton of times in Europe by buying all sorts of tickets here.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Countless (but actually countable) interviews

NPR interviewed Stephin Merritt and you can listen to it here.  He talks about his songwriting process pretty extensively, at one point comparing love to crossword puzzles.  Using "chaos as the entree"on the next Magnetic Fields record makes a certain blogger shiver with anticipation.

The G-Man interviews Mr. Merritt here, and Crib Notes does so here.

Avant Greensboro has posted this really great review of The Magnetic Fields' two-night tenure in North Carolina, which includes a particularly charming story about meeting Ms. Claudia Gonson.

The Tour at the Bottom of the Sea has come to close along with the American leg of The Magnetic Fields' international tour.  The picture here, however, proves that it is going out with a bang.  A bevy of gratitude should be expressed to Ms. Emma Straub and Mr. Michael Fusco for being so cool and candid whilst touring with the band.  Cheers.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Listen to TMF @ SXSW

NPR has posted part of the set The Magnetic Fields did for them during SXSW last month and is available for your listening pleasure here.  Due to some nasty laryngitis, the Shirley Simms-led songs are given to either Stephin or Claudia, which adds a particular charm to this recording for sure.  Recommended, for sure.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Stephin Merritt interviewed, plays "I Die"

Above is a really beautiful video of Mr. Stephin Merritt playing "I Die"  for Xtra.ca on his ukulele.  It's the sparsest I've ever heard this particularly sparse song sound and I really adore it.  At this link, there is an additional video of Mr. Merritt playing "Andrew in Drag" and also one of him being interviewed, predominantly about queer issues.  Both are recommended, though I'm not sure we need any more videos of him playing "Andrew in Drag," thanks.

There's also a pretty great interview with Mr. Merritt by CBS here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Noisevox Interviews

Noisevoix.org has posted a 22-minute video interview with Stephin Merritt.  Lots of familiar ground is covered, but the interview is engaging enough in and of itself.  Mr. Merritt's answer to the "return-to-form" question made me giggle rather voraciously.

Friday, April 6, 2012

An Endless Procession of Interviews

In the Village Voice's interview with Mr. Stephin Merritt, found here, he becomes downright chatty when talking about his habit of buying strange instruments.  Of particular interest is his apparent ongoing but silent feud with one Trent Reznor.

Chapel Hill Weekly interviews Mr. Merritt here.  The cockroach-related incident to which he makes a reference can be viewed here.  The video shows scantly more than Mr. Merritt's seeming giddiness over the situation, but is delightful nonetheless.

Lastly, The Boston Globe has an interview with him as well, found here.

UPDATE:  The Washington Post just posted this interview, which leaves me screaming "Can we get Antony on a goddamn 6ths record already?"  Seriously, I can't tell you what a dream that would be.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Interviews + more!

The Awl interviews Mr. Merritt here.  Most interestingly, perhaps, he discusses the 26-year-old history of "God Wants Us to Wait" and his many other song fragments.  Knowing of these fragments' existence is frustrating, as all I want in the whole wide little world is to hear those fragments.

There's also this interview with The Londonist from a while back that I neglected to post until now.  Single gay male Londoners: be on the lookout!

Lastly, there's this article about travel nannies for musicians on tour, with a particular emphasis on Ms. Claudia Gonson and her too-cute daughter Eve.  Honestly, the article really does make me all the more appreciative that the band exists as a touring unit at all, and I'm certain there will be a day when that will no longer be the case.  This is one of the many reasons I obsess about seeing them so many times when they do tour.