Another week, another Mercury music section to read while you wait for DJ Paul D™ to roll through town. Beat up that beat, broseph.

Stephin Merritt, the man who writes love songs 69 at a time, talks to us about the Magnetic Fields. Sadly we were unable to get his chihuahua, Irving, on the phone. That dog's got a real ego problem.

The Magnetic Fields - “You Must Be Out of Your Mind”

Seven years after Nightmares was released, and five years after their split, From Ashes Rise return to punish us all with their evolved take on hardcore.

From Ashes Rise - "On The Fray"

We could all use more of the whip-smart pop stylings of Pepi Ginsberg in our lives. That is until she totally sells out and becomes Pepsi Ginsberg. "You've Got a Lot to Live, and Pepsi's Got a Lot to Give."

Pepi Ginsberg - "Shake This"

DarkBlack are so metal that they invented their own color. Up yours, Pantone!

DarkBlack - "Sword of the Morning"

Our Town Could be Your Life travels back in time to a time when Dharma Bums were changing the landscape of Portland music and knocking the glasses off Colin Meloy's face. Look for our full transcript of this interview later today.

Dharma Bums - "I Can Only Give You Everything"

End Hits: Tying this all together, Stephin Merritt once wrote about Pantone in a song ("You make me blue, Pantone 292") and the company allowed him to name his own color: Carolyn Eve Green (Pantone 7498). God, we're such dorks for knowing that.