December 12, 1999 |
There are some two dozen people scattered throughout the cozy downtown cafe, but it's not hard to figure out who the quirky underground musician is. Stephin Merritt, the critically revered songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who is the creative force behind the Manhattan-based outfit the Magnetic Fields, is sitting at a table in the back, looking blissfully unkempt and somewhat distracted.
November 5, 2010
"Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields" Unrated Running time: 1 hour, 21 minutes Playing: Laemmle's Sunset 5, West Hollywood
March 4, 2008 |
Claudia Gonson of the Magnetic Fields opened the band's two-hour show Sunday at the Music Box @ Fonda by welcoming the capacity crowd to "sleepy performances night." Was this a sly dig at the seated audience's relatively muted enthusiasm? Several fans evidently thought so and quickly sent up a cheer to demonstrate devotion. "No, it's OK," Gonson said. "We like the quiet." In fact, they need it.
July 20, 2004 |
When he took the stage at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Saturday with his band the Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt didn't look much like a man who's going to revive the film musical and take over Broadway. Drably dressed in brown and tan, he sat on a tall stool and moved only as much as necessary as he sang and strummed his ukulele. He didn't much sound like it either, singing in a morose voice that suggested Leonard Cohen with a head cold.
January 27, 2008 |
"What do you do about the morning sunlight?" Stephin Merritt asks, like a newcomer seeking advice from a local about earthquakes or some other native affliction. Merritt knew he'd be dealing with this when he moved to L.A. from New York, and he does what he can to resist. His Los Feliz apartment is darkened by heavy curtains. When he parks his Mini Cooper after a short drive, he fits a foil-surfaced reflector inside the windshield. He picks the shadiest block for the walk to a bistro on Vermont.
September 21, 2000 |
The 6ths, "Hyacinths and Thistles," Merge. In studio recluse and cult hero Stephin Merritt's grand romance, characters eloquently open their hearts in a series of luminous nocturnes. The result is both sweeping and intimate.