Stephin Merritt might be the greatest songwriter of his generation. Still, as has been reported before, interviewing him can be quite difficult.
He takes extraordinarily long pauses, then suddenly decides to interrupt just when you thought it was safe to speak. If you refer to him calling himself ... More >>
Twenty Eleven has been a year of occupies. Occupations. Occupitudes. You get the idea.
Sure, the Occupy Wall Street movement has only been around since September, but since then we've been occupying all manner of whatnot like there's no tomorrow (thanks to the Mayans, there actually might not be on ... More >>
Boo!: Neil Gaiman as the SandmanThanks comics superstar Neil Gaiman for reminding us that a couple of years ago he penned a lovely Halloween song, "Bloody Sunrise," for the lovely voice of Magnetic Fields chanteuse Claudia Gonson.
Christmas music schmistmas music, we say:
Halloween the gu ... More >>
The Magnetic FieldsOutfest, the gay and lesbian film festival in Los Angeles, announced its audience and grand jury award winners yesterday, with the films A Marine Story, BearCity, and Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields earning major nods.
A Marine Story, directed by Ned ... More >>
The Shagadelic Stephin MerrittThe multitalented Carrie Brownstein (formerly of Sleater Kinney, now a perceptive, always intriguing writer) keeps a blog called Monitor Mix for NPR. She recently pointed her readers to our Henry Rollins-Glenn Danzig slash-fiction-comic post and we thought we wou ... More >>
Flavorpill has found "How Fucking Romantic," an amazing UK website that encourages artists to illustrate every single one of the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs.
From Emily Temple's writeup at Flavorpill:
Like these artists, we fell in and out of love to these melodies, so each of these artistic in ... More >>
Yesterday Will Oldham, aka Bonnie Prince Billy, did an instore performance at Amoeba Records on Sunset, and West Coast Sound's Nikki Darling was there to report on the scene:
Will Oldham gets French pedicures and shows them off while wearing flip-flops and Hawaiian board shorts. That's the first ... More >>
photos by Timothy Norris (note: these photos are from Sunday's show, but the band set up identically on Monday)
The Magnetic Fields closed a two-night stint at the Fonda last night with a beautiful acoustic set of gems from the group's founder and songwriter, Stephin Merritt. The ever-acerbic Merr ... More >>