28 May 2011
Stephin Merritt Obscurities collection out August 
From the House of Tomorrow newsletter:

Obscurities, a collection of new and hard-to-find recordings made by Stephin Merritt, will be released as a CD, LP, and digital download on Merge Records on 23 August 2011. The CD's 14 tracks include five Merge-era recordings from The Magnetic Fields (and a couple of tracks by The 6ths).

Forever and a Day, a previously unreleased selection from The Song From Venus, Merritt's collaboration with author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snickett, is available today as a free download from the Merge Records website:

Tracklisting

1. Forever and a Day (previously unreleased)
2. Rats in the Garbage of the Western World (The Magnetic Fields)
3. I Don't Believe You (The Magnetic Fields)
4. Plant White Roses (Buffalo Rome)
5. Rot in the Sun (the 6ths)
6. The Sun and the Sea and the Sky (previously unreleased)
7. Yet Another Girl (the 6ths)
8. Scream (Till you Make the Scene) (previously unreleased)
9. The Song from Venus (previously unreleased)
10. Beach-A-Boop-Boop (The Magnetic Fields)
11. When I'm Not Looking, You're Not There (The Magnetic Fields)
12. Take Ecstasy with Me (The Magnetic Fields)
13. When You're Young and In Love (previously unreleased)
14. You Are Not My Mother and I Want to Go Home (The Gothic Archies)

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Real Gone said...

Some good stuff on 'Obscurities'. Read my full review here!

26/08/2011, 13:54

 

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