Tanja M. LadenIan Whitcomb reads from "Lotusland: An Englishman in Exile"The Los Angeles Visionaries Association (LAVA) held its 14th free monthly Sunday Salon at Clifton's Cafeteria on April 24, attracting an eclectic crowd of salon regulars as well as first-timers. An informal gathering of ... More >>
EMEKEmek's typically detailed artwork for Erykah Badu
Not all of us are as audacious or as talented to only be known by one name, but there is an LA-born poster maker who gets away with being both. You may recognize EMEK's work from the LA Weekly's political art pages in 2004, but more likel ... 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 >>
Bowie also waited for his manPitchfork reports that Peter Gabriel will be releasing an album of covers, in which he will tackle hits and more obscure cuts by David Bowie, Paul Simon, Elbow, Bon Iver, Talking Heads, The Arcade Fire, Regina Spektor, Radiohead, Lou Reed ("The Power of the Heart" ... More >>
At Royal Clayton's, a British pub on the bottom level of the Toy Factory Lofts, Adam Unknown leans into a microphone as he tickles piano keys. At times, it seems as though the clang of silverware against glass wants to compete with the performer's subtle croon, but the background noise never qui ... 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 >>