September 24, 2000: Upcoming performances by the Magnetic Fields -
1 - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, U.K. Tickets for this show are available
to Paul Steeples for the ticket info)
A single for "Papa Was a Rodeo" is in the works. (thanks to Helge Schwache and ld beghtol)
Stephin Merritt created the music for the film Eban and Charley, which is about a 29 year old man (Eban) and a 15 year old boy (Charley) who fall in love, much to the dismay of others. (thanks to John St. Denis and Andy Deemer)
The guitar tablature for Hyacinths and Thistles is ready.
August 4, 2000: The Magnetic Fields will perform at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle on Saturday, September 2. One-day tickets for adults are $12 when purchased in advance. Ticket information is here; you can purchase tickets online here. (thanks to Jon Drahn and Layna Andersen)
69 Love Songs has been released in the United Kingdom on Circus Records, and the Zomba label will distribute it in Germany starting August 28. Mehr Informationen auf Deutsch. (thanks to Helge Schwache)
The new EP from Future Bible Heroes, I'm Lonely (And I Love It), was released on Merge Records on July 18 and features these tracks:
I'm Lonely (And I Love It)
Merritt: theme from Get Carter
And let's not forget the new album by the 6ths, Hyacinths and Thistles, which will be released on Merge Records on September 5.
The title of the Merritt/Handler musical film-to-be is The Song from Venus. In an LA Weekly interview, Stephin briefly spoke of it: "Itís a science-fiction love story about a record from Venus that invades the Earth and makes people fall in love." (thanks to Larry Roberts)
June 6, 2000: The Magnetic Fields will not play at the Knitting Factory West in LA on June 11 and 12, because the club is still under construction. Instead, they will play one mega-show on June 11 at the El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd, between La Brea and Fairfax). Knitting Factory tickets will be honored. Be sure to tune in to KCRW on June 13 at 11:15 AM (PST) to hear an interview and live performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Non-LA inhabitants can listen on their online RealPlayer stream.
upcoming performances by the Magnetic Fields (courtesy of Merge
June 3, 2000: The long-awaited sophomore 6ths album, Hyacinths and Thistles, has a tentative release date of September 5 on Merge Records. Also, the new Future Bible Heroes EP will be released on Merge on July 18, entitled I'm Lonely (and I Love It). Consult the Merge Records new releases page for any amendments.
March Records is putting together a Human League tribute album that will feature tracks by the Magnetic Fields and Future Bible Heroes. It will be called Reproductions, and it should make a swell summer release.
the Magnetic Fields at a free in-store performance at Amoeba Music (see
in San Francisco on June 10th at 1 PM. (thanks to Tasha Wedeen for this
Tickets are now on sale for the Magnetic Fields show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on July 25. The box office phone number is +44 020 7960 4242, or you may order tickets online here on the South Bank Centre site. (thanks to Dan York for this info)
Stephin Merritt and Daniel Handler are working on a new endeavor which is intended to take the form of a musical motion picture. In the meantime, we all shiver with great anticipation.
The guitar tab for 69 Love Songs volume three is now ready. I suggest that you stage your own "All 69 Love Songs" extravaganzas. Really.
March 29, 2000: There is no shortage of praise for 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields! Among the many accolades:
Apr Atlanta, GA * The Variety Playhouse * w/ the Loud Family
Other interesting tidbits from early 2000 that would've been news, had I posted them in time:
The Magnetic Fields contributed a cover of "If I Were a Rich Man" to the compilation album Knitting on the Roof on Knitting Factory Records. Of course, you should buy this, but if you need to be convinced, then Knitting Factory Records has this mp3 file (ultra-low quality) online of the Magnetic Fields track.
Stephin Merritt was interviewed on the NPR radio show Fresh Air on Valentine's Day! Click on one of the following links to hear the show in RealAudio format: 28.8 or ISDN speeds. (thanks to G. A. Carafelli for this info)
Stephin Merritt was a guest DJ on WFMU on February 25, playing 69 songs not made by him. The WFMU site says that they're working on maintaining RealAudio archives, so hopefully this show will be included soon.