Entries tagged with: Stephin Merritt
photos by David Andrako
Eugene & Reggie / 'Bob's Burgers' songfest / Stephin Merritt / John Hodgman
The 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival happened over the weekend with events at The Bell House and Union Hall (and then a EMCF edition of StarTalk Live! on Monday at Beacon Theatre). Among this year's festivities: Mirman's 'Pretty Good Friends' show featured the work of Elegant Too, the production team behind the songs on Bob's Burgers. They brought up different performers to sing the songs, including Jon Spencer & Cristina Martinez (Boss Hog, etc) who did "Sex Song" and a couple others, AC Newman and Eleanor Friedberger performed "Fart School for the Gifted" and "Electric Love" and Mirman sang "Gene's Snake Song." They brought out everyone at the end to cover Blondie's "One Way or Another."
On Sunday, since the Emmys were happening in real life at the same time, the EMCF hosted the Fake Emmys. It should be noted that there were a few past EMCF performers up for real awards, including Amy Schumer, Jon Glaser, Jessi Klein, John Oliver, Josh Gondelman, John Mulaney, Louis CK, not to mention Archer and Bob's Burgers
Other fun things at this year's fest: Mirman hired a mariachi band to play the crowd out; there was free ice cream for everyone on Saturday night; and there were curiosities like the "Eye Contact Booth with Eugene" booths where you could "Get Local Real Estate advice" and "Swear at a Local Broker" and outside Bell House was the "Bounce with someone we paid to compliment you in a bouncy castle." Also: Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Jessi Klein, Janeane Garofalo, Ira Glass, Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, Jon Benjamin and many more.
Check out more pictures from the 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival below...
Having finished up a tour with cellist Sam Davol earlier this summer, Magnetic Fields main man Stephin Merritt will be playing City Winery this fall on November 14. It's a late show (9:15 doors) and you can currently get tickets if you're a VinoFile member or through a BrooklynVegan presale. Use password magneticvegans. This is Merritt's only announced show at the moment.
Stephin Merritt recently composed two "micro-songs" titled "Lo" and "La". They were based on two poems from 101 Two Letter Words, Stephin's homage to the smallest words recognized by Scrabble. Watch videos of hiim and Davol performing them below.
For the recording of Black Halo DeRosa returned to Brooklyn to work with his musicians and long time collaborator and producer Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, Soko, Gospel Music). The two returned to Los Angeles for further tracking and vocals, and to work with multi-instrumentalist Brad Gordon (The Weepies, Dan Wilson) on the orchestral arrangements (Brad also co-wrote "Blood Moon" with DeRosa). The record features vocal contributions from the exquisite Carina Round (Early Winters/Puscifer), as well as the DeRosa/Round co-written duet "Dancing In A Dream." Finally, a most notable collaboration comes in the shape of "When Daddy Took The Treehouse Down," which DeRosa co-wrote with the inimitable Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields).Jon DeRosa, who's been in bands dating back to the '90s including Dead Leaves Rising, Aarktica and Pale Horse and Rider, released his second solo album last week/month, Black Halo. It follows 2012's A Wolf In Preacher's Clothes. As the quote above points out, it features a collaboration with The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, and like Merritt, DeRosa is a crooner and a balladeer. You can hear for yourself by streaming the entire album below.
Jon DeRosa has two release shows for the new album coming up. One is in NYC TONIGHT (6/3) at Saint Vitus with Bootblacks and La Cruor. Tickets are on sale. He then plays another one in his hometown of LA on 6/18 at Troubadour with Motopony. Tickets for that one are on sale as well. No other dates are announced at the moment.
Stream Black Halo below...
photo: Stephin Merritt at Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt has announced a solo tour for this spring/summer with longtime bandmate Sam Davol on cello. The press release notes, "For this series of performances, Merritt will present a set of solo, acoustic versions of selected songs from his extensive catalog. Merritt will perform exactly 26 songs with each song title starting with a different letter of the alphabet and running in alphabetical order."
The tour unfortunately doesn't hit NYC, but it begins nearby in Philly and also wraps up nearby in Annandale on Hudson, NY. All dates are listed below...
Radio Silence is a San Francisco-based arts magazine focusing on music and literature. To celebrate the release of their third issue, they're putting on a show in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (11/22) featuring notable talents from both: Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields, The 6ths) and Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly) will be playing, while acclaimed rock critic Greil Marcus and author Rick Moody (The Ice Storm) will do readings. Plus: Sylvie Simmons, Sam Davol, Golden Suits, Matthew Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces), and Jim White.
Also on the bill, author Sam Lipsyte and a reunion of his late-'80s/early-'90s NYC art-punk band Dungbeetle. While the group are mostly a footnote (only one single released), one of their champions at the time was James Murphy who liked them so much he signed on as their sound guy and built his first studio with them in Dumbo. Said Murphy to NY Mag:
Dungbeetle were like Andy Kaufman. When Andy Kaufman performed, he was not just trying to be funny. He was playing with the notion of what it means to try to be funny, of what it means to be an audience expecting somebody to be funny. He was doing a dance and playing a game. Watching Dungbeetle was like being involved in that game.Tickets are on sale now and include a copy of the new issue of Radio Silence which features contributions by Lucinda Williams, Bruce Springsteen Carrie Brownstein, Ian Mackaye, Rick Moody and more.
Contemporary composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass have announced that they'll perform together for the first time in over 30 years, as the kickoff event for "Nonesuch Records at BAM", the label's 50th anniversary going down this September.
"Nonesuch Records at BAM" also includes an event with Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt (who's involved in another BAM event happening sooner), and Iron & Wine; one with Natalie Merchant and Sam Amidon; another with Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet; two nights of Robert Plant and more. Full schedule below.
The Steve Reich/Philip Glass event is also part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival. Still not many details on that, but we do know Bryce Dessner and Brooklyn Youth Chorus are performing. Members can get tickets to Next Wave starting June 16, and the general public starting June 23.
Full "Nonesuch Records at BAM" schedule below...
The five-day RadioLoveFest is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in June, featuring various live radio shows with a variety of performers including Andrew Bird, Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, They Might Be Giants, and Jonathan Coulton. On June 7th, Ira Glass will host an episode of This American Life live from BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, and though it is being billed as "one night only", it is now two shows in that one night. This is the updated description:
This American Life uses this evening at BAM as a chance to try something it's never attempted before: true stories staged as radio dramas. One of the stories will be an original mini-musical by Broadway composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of In the Heights and Bring It On. In another, The Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company will perform while Glass narrates. Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) is writing and performing a mini-musical of his own, built around a real story from This American Life, and Mike Birbiglia will narrate another true story in his inimitable comedic form.Tickets at BAM's website.
This American Life is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to 2.2 million listeners each week. Another million people listen each week by podcast. It's produced by WBEZ Chicago.
Stephin Merritt, who has a book of Scrabble-based poetry coming out in the fall, also has a show coming up in North Carolina as part of Merge Records' continuing 25th anniversary celebration. His Merge25 performance, not part of the actual Merge25 fest, is instead part of a special Merge parternship with the 'Duke Performances Concert Series', as part of Duke's 'Music in the Gardens' series on the Duke University campus. All shows in that series are listed below:
Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes, Gothic Archies and other projects certainly has a way with words. He'll be using that talent for a book of poetry titled 101 Two-Letter Words. Illustrated by Roz Chast, the book consists of four-line poems based on the 101 two-letter words accepted in Scrabble. Here's "Yo":
The country folk say "howdy-do"101 Two-Letter Words will be published by W.W. Norton in October.
but here in town, it's "yo";
they'll say it in the country too
in twenty years or so.
In other news, Magnetic Fields satellite members Sam Davol and Claudia Gonson performed with Tanya Donelly in NYC over the weekend.
Those in need of something a little different for Valentine's Day this year might want to consider attending the fourth annual "Valentine's Day Eve Ladies of Soul Tribute" which happens at Joe's Pub on February 13. (You don't even have to go out on V-day). The event is put on by singer/performer Xavier (who's collaborated with Scissor Sisters, New Power Generation and others), and also features appearances by Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields), vocal performance artist Adam Matta, Del Marquis (Scissor Sisters), Escort's Adeline Michele and more.
Tickets are on sale now.
photos by David Andrako
Bridgett Everett & Nick Kroll / Kurt & Kristen / Stephin Merritt
There was much laughter to be had at the 2013 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival last weekend at The Bell House and Union Hall. We already posted pictures from the first two nights and here's a set from Saturday (9/28) and Sunday (9/29). Saturday at The Bell House brought "Hot Tub with Kurt And Kristen" back to New York (both Braunohler and Schaal live in LA now) with appearances by Nick Turner, Nick Kroll, Leo Allen, and Bridgett Everett (whose new show is debuting at Joe's Pub soon); and over at Union Hall it was "Comics We Hope Don't Move To LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)."
Then on Sunday, the EMCF celebrated the Season 4 premiere of Bob's Burgers with cast members Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Jon Benjamin, Larry Murphy, Hannibal Buress, and Jon Glaser. Stephin Merrit -- who didn't even appear at The Bell House when Future Bible Heroes (a band he actually is in) played -- also came out with Kenny Mellman to sing one of the show's songs, "Electric Love." Over at Union Hall on Sunday it was "Creaghead & Company EMCF Edition: Thoughtfully Included Since It Was Scheduled Here Anyway."
Pics from nights 1 & 2 are here. More pics from nights 3 & 4 of EMCF 2013 below...
still from 'Reflektor 9/9/9'
Yesterday, we posted that Arcade Fire would be premiering a new single on September 9 at 9 PM from their upcoming album (due out 10/29 via Merge). The band have just updated their website with another cryptic video titled "Reflektor 9/9/9." Watch it below.
In related news, you may remember that back in 2010 Peter Gabriel released a covers album, Scratch My Back, which featured him covering tracks by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and more. He's now set to release its sequel, And I'll Scratch Yours, where those artists return the favor by covering Peter Gabriel songs. The album will be out on September 23 via Real World. Check out the tracklist below.
After letting everyone know that Future Bible Heroes' summer tour would be without the band's best-known member, the group have coaxed Stephin Merritt into performing at tonight's show at Bowery Ballroom (7/23). As the above tweet states, Merritt will be performing two songs solo. Tickets are still available.
The FBH live band includes keyboardist co-songwriter Christopher Ewen, plus Claudia Gonson and Shirley Simms, both of whom play and sing in Magnetic Fields, as well as guitarist Anthony Kaczynski who sings Merritt's parts. The band's new album, Partygoing, is out now on Merge.
As you may know, Future Bible Heroes (Stephin Merrit, Christopher Ewen and Claudia Gonson) are releasing Partygoing, their first album in 11 years, on June 8 via Merge. You may also recall, they'll be playing June 12 at The Bell House as part of the Chickfactor 21 indiestravaganza. Tickets are still available for that.
About a month after the Chickfactor show, Future Bible Heroes will go on an actual tour, their first since 2002. Before you get super excited, we said Stephin Merrit "may or may not appear with them." And while he may still make an appearance for that show, for the actual tour, the FBH line-up is Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, Christopher Ewen and Anthony Kaczynski. So no Merrit on those, just so you know. The dates include another NYC show: July 23 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show are currently on AmEx presale and go on regular sale on Friday (5/10). All tour dates are listed, along with a new video documentary about the band, below.
Eugene Mirman and Wyatt Cenac are already playing a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit at The Bell House on November 25 for a special edition of Pretty Good Friends, and Jonathan Ames is doing one on Monday (11/12) at Union Hall, and now the three of them will be teaming up for a different benefit show with Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Sarah Vowell, Jonathan Frazen, Gail Collins, John Oliver, and Jon Ronson at Symphony Space's Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on December 7. The show is presented 826NYC and dubbed, "'Rants and Other Suggestions,' a very special evening of readings, performances, and music." Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell will be handling hosting duties and the others will be performing. Tickets will be available at the Symphony Space website and all proceeds will benefit 826NYC's writing lab for New York City students.