2 Jul 2004
Secret desire 
"Magnetic Fields brain trust Stephin Merritt harbours a secret desire to be a Teen Beat pin-up. This will come as a blow to many among his cult fan base who revere the man behind the Fields' fey synth 'n' strings ballads, the electro-pop irony of the Future Bible Heroes and the Gothic Archies' bubble-gum goth". Sarah Liss writes an amusing interview with Stephin Merritt for TorontoNow.com.

Live activity to coincide with the album 'i' continues apace:

The Magnetic Fields with support from Andrew Bird
Trinity-St. Paul's Centre (427 Bloor West, Toronto)
Fri/Sat 2/3 July
Admission 25 dollars
Call 416-870-8000

Thanks to Paul for info.

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Biting Tongues

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...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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