6 May 2004
Pieces of Stephin Merritt 
Just picked up the excellent soundtrack by Stephin Merritt (also known as The Magnetic Fields, furthermore known as The 6ths, known to dabble as Future Bible Heroes] to last year's US indie movie Pieces of April which starred Katie Holmes [Dawsons Creek]. The short but sweet album contains tunes from [the 3CD set] 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields, a couple of tracks from Hyacinths and Thistles by The 6ths (or The Sixths if you prefer) plus some new Stephin Merritt tunes. It's ridiculously over-priced in the UK but can be had at a snip of around USD 12.99 in the States.

The new album by The Magnetic Fields, succinctly titled 'i' [Nonesuch] was released on Tuesday 4 May 2004 and to coincide The House of Tomorrow, the official website for all things Stephin Merritt has very recently announced that The Magnetic Fields are playing live in London on 10-12 June 2004 at the Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, London, W6. The shows will begin at 8pm. Tickets are priced 20 Euros [10 Euros for a limited number of concessions tickets].

Mr Merritt is certainly not one to rest on his laurels...

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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