11 Sep 2006
News from the House of Tomorrow... Today 
From houseoftomorrow.com:

In addition to the upcoming Gothic Archies CD, end-of-summer means several appearances on some worthy compilation projects.

A new Stephin Merritt song, 'The Meaning of Lice', will be included on the upcoming 4AD / Beggar's Banquet recording of the Margate Exodus Project, a British government-funded contemporary retelling of the Book of Exodus.

The Future Bible Heroes have emerged from their temporary retirement to submit a faux-British vaudevillian dance hall tune, 'Mr. Punch', to the Neil Gaiman tribute CD, 'Where's Neil When You Need Him?', now available from Dancing Ferret Discs.

The 6ths's 'You You You You You', originally from 'Hyacinths and Thistles', is included on the companion CD for the annual Music issue of the Oxford American magazine.

Meanwhile, the Magnetic Fields are back in the studio, recording a new release for Nonesuch Records with a target release of next Spring. Wish them luck!

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