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, 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!