NEWS FROM 2000

September 24, 2000:  Upcoming performances by the Magnetic Fields -

November 1 - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, U.K. Tickets for this show are available online here (thanks to Paul Steeples for the ticket info)
November 2 - Opus, Paris, France
December 7, 8 - Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA (55 Davis Square, box office: 617-625-5700) - all 69 Love Songs with the original singers, plus Daniel Handler on accordion! (thanks to ld beghtol)
(thanks to Ferguson Clough for the tour dates)

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 release date for the Human League tribute album Reproductions on March Records has been pushed back (again) to Hallowe'en.

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:

1. I'm Lonely (And I Love It)
2. My Blue Hawaii
3. Cafe Hong Kong
4. Good Thing I Don't Have Any Feelings
5. Hopeless (Remix)

The release date for the Human League tribute album Reproductions on March Records has been pushed back to September.  Three Merritt and company tracks will grace it:

Stephin Merritt: theme from Get Carter
Future Bible Heroes: Don't You Want Me?
The 6ths featuring Lloyd Cole: Human

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)

Stephin Merritt is featured on the audio documentary CD by Momus entitled Fakeways: Manhattan Folk.

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.

Other upcoming performances by the Magnetic Fields (courtesy of Merge Records):
July 22 * Reading, UK * WOMAD Festival [showtime = 2 PM; WOMAD = World of Music, Art and Dance]
July 23 * Reading, UK * Stephin Merritt appears on a songwriters panel at WOMAD
July 25 * London, UK * Queen Elizabeth Hall
August 3 * Battery Park, Manhattan, NY * The Fort at Castle Clinton National Park * 7 PM show

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.

Catch the Magnetic Fields at a free in-store performance at Amoeba Music (see map and directions) in San Francisco on June 10th at 1 PM. (thanks to Tasha Wedeen for this info)
AMOEBA MUSIC: 1855 Haight Street, SF - 415-831-1200 

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.

April 8, 2000:  More tour dates have been added to the Magnetic Fields' schedule, including dates in L.A. and London.  Check here and here for the latest information.

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:

The Magnetic Fields
Artist of the Year - 1999 (Magnet)

69 Love Songs
#1 Album of 1999 (Magnet)
#2 Album of 1999 (The Village Voice)
#4 Album of 1999 (Spin)
#6 Album of 1999 (The New York Times)
#9 Album of 1999 (Rolling Stone)

If that wasn't exciting enough, the Magnetic Fields will be touring this Spring/Summer too!  Consult the tour page on the Merge Records site for the latest information.

20 Apr Atlanta, GA * The Variety Playhouse * w/ the Loud Family 
21 Apr Athens, GA * The 40 Watt * w/ the Loud Family 
22 Apr New Orleans, LA * Tipitina's Uptown * w/ The Loud Family 
25 Apr - 26 Apr Carrboro, NC * The Artscenter [2 nights, all 69 songs!
24 May Columbus, OH * The Al Rosa 
25 May Pontiac, MI * The Seventh House 
26 May - 27 May Chicago, IL * Old Town School [2 nights, all 69 songs!
28 May Minneapolis, MN * Women's Club Assembly
9 Jun - 10 Jun San Francisco, CA * Great American Music Hall [2 nights, all 69 songs!] (thanks to Portisguy for the SF info)

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.

The Magnetic Fields performed with Jack Smith's short film about sexual deviance, Flaming Creatures (1963), on March 11.  (thanks to John St. Denis and Bill Weber for this info)

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