I've been getting the first MacPerl 5.6.1 beta (5.6.1b1) ready. All that's left, really, is documentation and then packaging it all up. There's more bugs, but no show-stoppers for the beta. I want to release Wednesday.
Both beta releases are basically ready for production use (slash 2.1.0 will be exactly what is running on Slashdot, and I use the current build of MacPerl 5.6.1 all day long), but will take another month or two to iron things out before a release. I want both released before year's end (slash 2.2.0 should be released long before, I hope).
jjohn said Ben Folds has an album out. I gotta check that out.