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2016
50 Song Memoir
2012
Love at the Bottom of the Sea
2011
Obscurities
2010
Realism
2008
Distortion
2004
I
1999
Holiday
1999
69 Love Songs (Box Set)
1995
The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees (Remastered)
1995
Get Lost
1994
The Charm of the Highway Strip
Magnetic Fields Jun 21, 2019
Stephin celebrated Pride at the #44Charlton show at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR. Watch his performance of Andrew in Drag from that special evening. #HappyPrideMonth
Magnetic Fields May 30, 2019
This year marks the 20th anniversary of 69 Love Songs. For the Talkhouse podcast, Stephin sat down with Daniel Handler — aka, A Series Of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket — who played accordion on 69 Love Songs as well as interviewed Stephin for the liner notes. Their deep dive talk also takes in: Daniel’s theory that 69 LS has become a children’s album; “tweecore” beefs with Belle and Sebastian and Stereolab; the record release show that found Stephin trapped above the stage; the best music to get busy to; whispering hecklers; and why 69 Love Songs should’ve been sold in sex shops.
Magnetic Fields May 23, 2019
On June 7, Stephin will be joining comedian, Bowen Yang, and rapper, Nappy Nina, at #44Charlton, a live variety show hosted by Julian Fleisher at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR. It's the last one of the season, and a celebration of Pride! Get tickets here: bit.ly/2QiGfng
Magnetic Fields May 21, 2019
Stephin narrated the Beat Happening chapter for the audiobook version of Michael Azerrad's _Our Band Could Be Your Life_. It's out May 21st with Hachette Audio audiobooks. Here's an excerpt from his chapter. #OurBandAudiobook https://soundcloud.com/hachetteaudio/our-band-could-be-your-life-by-michael-azerrad-beat-happening
Magnetic Fields May 18, 2019
Stephin is ready for TONIGHT's show. Are you? Get tickets for The Unholy Three now - it's not too late: http://thetownhall.org/event/the-unholy-three-stephin-merritt
Magnetic Fields May 18, 2019
Today, Stephin has been practicing hard for the big day! Join him, Pinky Weitzman, and Daniel Handler tomorrow (5/18) at Town Hall as they perform their original score to Tod Browning's The Unholy Three. Tickets are still available: http://thetownhall.org/event/the-unholy-three-stephin-merritt Discount codes: UNHOLY (50% off balcony seats) or BROWNING (25% off orchestra seats)
Magnetic Fields May 16, 2019
‪Stephin will be on WUSB’s Sounds on Film program TONIGHT discussing The Unholy Three soundtrack that he will be premiering on Saturday 5/18 at Town Hall. Tune in at 6pm Eastern, or stream it live at wusb.fm!‬ ‪https://www.broadwayworld.com/long-island/article/Magnetic-Fields-Stephin-Merritt-PAUL-BUTTERFIELD-STORYs-Director-To-Be-Guests-On-Tom-Needhams-THE-SOUNDS-OF-FILM-20190511
Magnetic Fields May 16, 2019
Stephin Merritt talks about Tod Browning's 1925 film "The Unholy Three", to which he is performing an original score to this Saturday night in NYC- “The plot concerns three fairground performers who open a pet shop as a front for their burglary ring. Lon Chaney—the Tilda Swinton of a century ago—spends much of the film in completely gratuitous, totally serious drag. Why not? Chaney is the star but Harry Earles (who also appeared in Browning’s Freaks) hogs every scene, often disguised as a gleefully obnoxious baby. Also, there is a gorilla.”
Magnetic Fields May 14, 2019
Tonight! At 7-8pm Eastern (4-5pm PDT), tune in to an interview with Stephin Merritt discussing his new live score for Tod Browning's The Unholy Three -- Morricone Island on WFMU. #silentfilm #livescore http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/85865
Magnetic Fields May 14, 2019
Hello all! We now have some sweet PROMOTION CODES for our friends to watch Stephin Merritt perform his live score to a 1925 silent film at New York's Town Hall this weekend-- Come join us! 50% OFF all Balcony seats Code: UNHOLY 25% OFF all Orchestra seats Code: BROWNING Click below for the ticket link!
Magnetic Fields May 14, 2019
Special UPDATES for The Unholy Three at Town Hall on 5/18, where Stephin will be performing three new songs along with his new score: We now have promo codes - 50% OFF all Balcony seats Code: UNHOLY 25% OFF all Orchestra seats Code: BROWNING And Stephin sends this pic: Adding some final rhetorical flourishes on melodica, and Suzuki Andes polyphonic recorder. Anything played on the Andes sounds like an elegant but criminally insane little person. Perfect! Tickets still available: http://thetownhall.org/event/the-unholy-three-stephin-merritt
Magnetic Fields May 08, 2019
Stephin is hard at work on the score for The Unholy Three, pointing out that, "an essential part of the 1920s' film crew is string trio and harmonium!" Come see him perform 3 new songs (the only place to hear them) at The Town Hall on 5/18. Get tickets before they're gone: http://thetownhall.org/event/the-unholy-three-stephin-merritt
Magnetic Fields May 05, 2019
Stephin has informed us that he is composing new original songs for his silent film score at The Town Hall to “The Unholy Three” on 3/18. Don’t miss out- make sure attend this special one time performance!
Magnetic Fields May 03, 2019
Claudia Gonson talks pulling double duty as manager and band member in the latest installment of Gig Economy for Talkhouse.
Magnetic Fields May 03, 2019
Hi, it’s Stephin: I’m scribbling away on the score for the 1925 silent film “The Unholy Three”, which I’ll perform at @TownHallNYC on 5/18. Here’re some of the songs we will be quoting in the show! Tickets: http://thetownhall.org/event/the-unholy-three-stephin-merritt
Magnetic Fields Apr 07, 2019
On April 24, Stephin Merritt will be at Lincoln Center for a special #NationalPoetryMonth benefit reading supporting The Academy of American Poets Education Program. Also reading will be Elizabeth Alexander, Ann Curry, Savion Glover, Ellen Burstyn, Josh Charles & more! Tickets: bit.ly/2IhmsCs
Magnetic Fields Apr 05, 2019
Stephin Merritt will be performing his score live at The Town Hall for Tod Browning's 1925 silent film, "The Unholy Three" on 5/18. Will you be there? Tickets: http://thetownhall.org/event/the-unholy-three-stephin-merritt?fbclid=IwAR3JN9EpduwLvtMRxcp1TBE5qtOdnfrapINwSnYaOwF3DbkZQJ8igDdN6lE https://www.facebook.com/196684581306/posts/10155720930626307/
Magnetic Fields Mar 12, 2019
We are happy to announce that Stephin Merritt will be composing & performing an original score for Tod Browning's 1925 silent film, "The Unholy Three", to be performed one night only at The Town Hall in NYC, 5/18. Visit for tickets: bit.ly/Unholy3TH
Magnetic Fields Mar 10, 2019
The Other Music Documentary, about the wonderful NYC record store, premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on 4/26. Stephin Merritt was interviewed, along with many other cool musicians. #Tribeca2019 You can help the film raise badly needed finishing funds by donating to their Kickstarter below!
Magnetic Fields Feb 20, 2019
Stephin Merritt reads the Beat Happening chapter for the audiobook of Michael Azerrad's book "Our Band Could Be Your Life". Check out all the great musicians involved! @michaelazerrad @HachetteAudio
Magnetic Fields Oct 13, 2018
Rehearsal images from Stephin Merritt's music production of Orphan of Zhao, Bejing China, Oct 14 2018. Director Chen Shi-Zheng.
Magnetic Fields Oct 12, 2018
Some rehearsal photos from The Orphan of Zhao in Beijing!
Magnetic Fields Oct 12, 2018
Stephin Merritt is in China for the Beijing staging of his Chinese opera "The Orphan of Zhao". The jet lagged experience of the giant lazy susan at a banquet meal...
Magnetic Fields Oct 07, 2018
Stephin Merritt is in Bejing to remount The Orphan of Zhou, a Chinese opera he scored for the director Chen Shi-Zheng. The opera is opening at the prestigeous Bejing Music Festival on Oct 14. Go to Spotify and put in Orphan of Zhou for all the music from the original 2003 Lincoln Center production (and music from two other operas he made with Chen, My Life as a Fairytale and Peach Blossom Fan).
Magnetic Fields Jun 24, 2018
Goodnight to 50 Song Memoir, as it finishes its final night at the Elgin Theater in Toronto. It's been a wonderful experience. Thanks to everyone who came to see it over the last year and a half!