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Watch Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt Sing New Songs For Lola The Dog

The Magnetic Fields mastermind and notably witty curmudgeon Stephin Merritt apparently loves Scrabble. This makes total sense. In fact, he loves Scrabble so much that he wrote and published a book of 101 short poems inspired by each of the crucial 101 two-letter words that Scrabble officially recognizes. 101 Two-Letter Words came out last year,… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 25, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Here Are Some Game Tips From Scrabble Enthusiast Stephin Merritt

Magnetic Fields songs often hinge on witty, erudite turns of phrase, so it’s not that surprising that band mastermind Stephin Merritt plays a lot of Scrabble. It’s a bit surprising, though, that he’s devoted an entire book to the two-letter words that can often affect the outcomes of Scrabble games. Merritt just published 101 Two-LetterMore »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Steve Reich & Philip Glass Bury The Hatchet For Nonesuch’s 50th

Tastefully curated Warner Bros. subsidiary Nonesuch turns 50 this year and is still going strong (next week they may very well have the #1 album in the country with the Black Keys’ Turn Blue). And this September the label will celebrate its anniversary with a three-week series of concerts at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 15, 2014 - 10:21 am

Stephin Merritt Plans Scrabble-Inspired Poetry Book

Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt is the sort of person who you could easily imagine absolutely annihilating you at Scrabble while simultaneously acting very bored and drily making fun of you in ways that you might not notice. He’s also pretty good at putting together words in combinations that convey meaning. So perhaps it shouldn’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 10, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Future Bible Heroes – “Living, Loving, Partygoing” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Future Bible Heroes is one of the many side projects led by the Magnetic Fields mastermind Stephin Merritt, and last month, they returned after a long absence to release the soft synthpop album Partygoing. Naomi Yang directed the video for the album’s lead single “Living, Loving, Partygoing,” and it has Merritt sitting calm and dour… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2013 - 10:22 am

Watch Stephin Merritt Cover A Bob’s Burgers Song

Like St. Vincent before him, an animated Stephin Merritt has done a cover of a song from Bob’s Burgers for the Bob’s Buskers series. In this edition, Merritt covers “Electric Love” from season three episode “Topsy,” in which all three of the Blecher children, along with their aunt Gayle and landlord Mr. Fischoeder put o… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 4, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Future Bible Heroes – “Living, Loving, Partygoing”

Future Bible Heroes are one of Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt’s many, many side projects, and like most of the rest of them, they’ve been dormant in recent years. But now they’re back in a big way. The group, which includes Merritt and longtime collaborators Chrisopher Ewen and Claudia Gonson, are about to release a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2013 - 11:07 am

Hear Stephin Merritt Cover Beck’s “Old Shanghai” From Song Reader

As James Jackson Toth noted in our Premature Evaluation of Beck’s new Song Reader, lots of musicians (as well as some of us for whom the name “musician” is truly too generous) are performing, recording, and sharing versions of songs from the sheet-music “album,” but none of those people are Stephin Merritt. Well, one of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 14, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Stephin Merritt Does “Andrew In Drag” For CBS News

Here, lifechampion Stephin Merritt regales the CBS network with his finest synth-based wit-pop tune in years, “Andrew In Drag.” This rendition is Merritt solo, though, so it’s just an eight-string ukulele, and a sonorous hangdog croon, which of course is plenty. In the accompanying textual interview, Stephin says he wrote the song on a night… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 16, 2012 - 5:40 pm

The Magnetic Fields – “Andrew In Drag” Video (NSFW)

The Magnetic Fields’ latest single “Andrew In Drag” has been praised as a return to the form of the vintage Magnetic Fields through it’s more acoustic, synth-heavy arrangements (but don’t worry, too much. Stephin’s still doing the oddball stuff!). And now that track — which contains the opening couplet “A pity she does not exist,… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 2, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Stephin Merritt To Star In Insane-Sounding Live Video Game

The Magnetic Field’s latest track was a delightful return to form, but that doesn’t mean Stephin Merritt has abandoned his inclination to do weird shit. So, behold; Space Cruiser, an interactive, live video game based around Merritt. The Observer explains:

The one-night-only debut of Space Cruiser, next Thursday’s game-cum-concert in question, is described… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 20, 2012 - 6:01 pm

The Magnetic Fields – “Andrew In Drag”

A little while ago, Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields announced that they’d put out their tenth LP, Love At The Bottom Of The Sea. Merritt also promised a return to the more acoustic, synth-heavy arrangements of yore, which he backs up on the record’s first single “Andrew In Drag.” Listen below. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 11, 2012 - 11:18 am

Stephin Merritt – “Dream Again” (Franz Ferdinand Cover) Video

Earlier this year, Franz Ferdinand released the Covers Record Store Day EP, which features a whole mess of other artists taking on Franz tunes. One of those artists was LCD Soundsystem, whose version of “Live Alone” now has a video. Another was Magnetic Fields leader Stephin Merritt, who took on Franz’s “Dream Again.” Merritt’s versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 21, 2011 - 2:33 pm

Amanda Palmer, Stephin Merritt, Moby & Neil Gaiman Cover Rocky Horror On Ferguson

The song is Rocky Horror Picture Show classic “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” and the lineup is Coraline crew Stephin Merritt and Neil Gaiman, backing up the latter’s wife along with Moby, because Moby is everywhere. In conceptual terms, at the very least, this is a sheer Halloween delight. And it is fair to say that thi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 1, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Stephin Merritt – “Forever And A Day”

Stephin Merritt’s forthcoming Obscurities is what you’d expect from the title: The 14-track collection features “hard-to-find” recordings from 1994 (circa The Charm of the Highway Strip) to 1999 (69 Love Songs). More specifically, three come from Merritt’s “unfinished” musical written with Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snickett), five from Merge-imprinted Magnetic Fields 7″s/records (all should be… More »

By: brandon / May 23, 2011 - 3:06 pm

80 Other Bands With Official Sneakers

Last week the Animal Collective bros released an official mixtape for their new … sneakers. That is a thing now. Gotta keep fans on their toes (ouch, sorry). The shoes which you can see here benefit the Socorro island Conservation Fund, and they are cruelty free, except to your eyes.

I did some… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 6, 2011 - 12:31 pm

The Magnetic Fields @ BAM, Brooklyn 2/13/10

The chamber folk of the Magnetic Fields latest, Realism, was the center point for a two-hour seated affair at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Saturday night. It was the night before Valentine’s Day, but of course that was a mostly meaningless designation to sardonic Stephin. “It’ll be Valentine’s Day soon,” Claudia Gonson offered at one… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 15, 2010 - 8:55 am

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields – Official Trailer

The new Magnetic Fields’ documentary, which took Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara (also of Chickfactor, Black Tambourine fans) 10 years to make, should be a good one. There are the requisite talking heads — including Peter Gabriel (of course), Sarah Silverman (why not), Carrie Brownstein, Neil Gaiman, etc. — commenting on/arguing for Stephin Merritt’s brilliance… More »

By: brandon / February 8, 2010 - 10:45 am

Stephen Merritt Covers Peter Gabriel

Merritt did “Not One Of Us” as a Scratch My Back tie-in: “Peter’s […] showcases his singing voice, whereas my version showcases this evil dwarf choir.” It’ll appear on a digital single with Gabriel’s take on “The Book Of Love.”… More »

By: brandon / January 29, 2010 - 9:17 am

The Magnetic Fields Return With Realism

Good news for lovers of cantankerous, hyperacusis-afflicted songwriters (also, just plain old good news): Stephin Merritt and his Magnetic Fields will be back with their eighth LP Realism on January 26th. This comes after a year that offered a particularly momentous Merritt milestone in the classic 69 Love Songs10th anniversary (alongside endorsing Puma and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 10, 2009 - 11:17 am
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