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, June 8, 2015

Song Poems

Mysteriously, two videos have appeared online of Stephin Merritt, Mr. Sam Davol and a very attractive dog performing musicalized versions of poems from Stephin Merritt's 101 Two-Letter Words. They are for La and Lo. Excuse the tiny links.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jon DeRosa's Black Halo

Two updates in two days! What is this, 2010??

Anyhow, feel free to stream the new Jon DeRosa album here. Jon DeRosa is a popular New York singer in his own right, well-known for his contributions to the bands Flare and Aarktica. He's perhaps best known to readers of this blog, however, for playing the character Hou Fang You on the recorded version of Mr. Merritt's musical Peach Blossom Fan (excerpts of which can be heard on the 2006 release Showtunes). Mr. DeRosa's new album, Black Halo, features a song co-written with Mr. Merritt entitled "When Daddy Took the Treehouse Down. If you want to purchase it, which I encourage you to do, you may do so here.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Horoscopes, Saving My Tomorrow

Returning to his Madame Cheva roots, Stephin Merritt has written your horoscope for June here. The article is for the publication Radio Silence and is accompanied by the wonderful illustration to the left by Scott Sosebee.

Pitchfork reports here that Mr. Merritt will be appearing in episode four of the HBO nature documentary Saving My Tomorrow. Whether this means he is an interview subject, performer, or if his song A Million Trillion Bugs appears in the episode remains to be seen, although I'm sure you'll find out here once the episode airs.

Don't forget about the scant few dates left in Mr. Merritt's solo tour!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Videos, a short review

A few days ago, I got to see Mr. Merritt on his current solo tour. As expected, the show was really magnificent. While it's being billed as a solo tour, Mr. Merritt was accompanied by longtime Magnetic Fields cellist Sam Davol. The sparse arrangements this lineup led to were a thrill to see, with the songs sounding much different than I've ever heard them, including in other live iterations. Particular highlights were "Andrew in Drag," which sounded more heartbreaking than ever before and "The Dead Only Quickly," the string arrangement of which hasn't escaped my head since the show. While the bulk of the tour is over, Mr. Merritt does have some more events coming up this year on the east coast, and I highly suggest you go if it's at all feasible for you to do so. You will not be disappointed.

In the meantime, though, here are some videos from the current tour:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stephin Merritt podcast apperance

Stephin Merritt appears on the podcast Food is the New Rock here. It is a food-based podcast, so they largely discuss Mr. Merritt's veganism, although they touch on other topics as well. It's a fun interview wherein Mr. Merritt appears pretty genial. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Two Coraline productions, more

This weekend (and this weekend alone), the University of Texas Pan-American will be putting on a production of Stephin Merritt's musical Coraline. More information about the production can be found here. Not to be outdone, Children's Theatre of Charlotte will be doing their own production of the musical starting in October. Information about this production is scant, but go here to view their current season.

If you live near either of these productions, I highly suggest you go see the show. I saw a production of it here in Chicago last year and it was phenomenal!

Ever the feather-ruffler, Mr. Merritt wrote a scathing review of literary darling Roxanne Gay's latest novel here. There were a lot of reactions to this piece, some more warranted than others.

Don't forget to go see Mr. Merritt and Sam Davol on their current tour!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Stephin Merritt Summer solo tour

This May, Stephin Merritt will be heading out on a short string of solo dates, accompanied by longtime Magnetic Fields cellist Sam Davol. Dates can be found here, at the much-revamped House of Tomorrow tour calendar.

I imagine there are dates that have not yet been officially announced, as I just purchased tickets for a show in Columbus here. Naturally, I'll try to stay abreast of dates as they're announced. I'm beyond excited to see the Columbus show, though, and am anxious to see any other potential dates that may be announced.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Million Trillion Bugs

Stephin Merritt wrote a song entitled "A Million Trillion Bugs" for the HBO documentary Saving My Tomorrow. The song is short and charming and can be heard here. The documentary is a youth-focused nature documentary with  a weird all-star cast. More information here.