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  • January 13, 2022

    The Magnetic Fields are guests on the latest episode of the Sonos podcast Music Is Everything! hosted by Elia Einhorn. Stephin Merritt, Claudia Gonson, and Sam Davol perform several songs and chat with Einhorn, who says: "I'll admit, dear listener, I was glad to be wearing a mask in the studio, not just for my safety, not just for their safety, but because my face absolutely crumbled a couple of times at the power of Stephin Merritt's lyrics and emotional delivery." You can hear the session here. The band will tour the US and Canada in April.

  • December 7, 2021

    The Magnetic Fields, who recently completed a seven-city tour of City Winery venues in the United States, will return to the road in April 2022 for a three-week tour of the United States and Canada. The twelve-city tour begins at the Tarrytown Music Hall in upstate New York on April 6, followed by stops in Northampton, Raleigh, Charlottesville, Toronto, Iowa City, Saint Paul, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. 

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  • The Magnetic Fields’ Quickies will be released on Nonesuch Records on May 15, 2020. The five 7" vinyl box set features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds. Preorders of the vinyl box set, also on a single CD, are available now in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of "The Day the Politicians Died," the video for which can be seen below. The song is also available to stream at Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merritt.

    Merritt explains his thinking behind the Quickies concept: “I’ve been reading a lot of very short fiction, and I enjoyed writing 101 Two-Letter Words, the poetry book about the shortest words you can use in Scrabble. And I’ve been listening to a lot of French baroque harpsichord music. Harpsichord doesn’t lend itself to languor. So I’ve been thinking about one instrument at a time, playing for about a minute or so and then stopping, and I’ve been thinking of narratives that are only a few lines long.

    “Also, I had been using a lot of small notebooks, so when I reach the bottom of the page, I’ve only gone a short way. Now that I’m working on a different album, I’m enforcing a large notebook rule so that I don’t do Quickies twice in a row.”

    Quickies features Merritt and other Magnetic Fields band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo. They are joined by longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman.

    To date, Stephin Merritt has written and recorded twelve Magnetic Fields albums, including the beloved 69 Love Songs and the 2017 critically acclaimed Nonesuch box set, 50 Song Memoir, which chronicled the first fifty years of the songwriter’s life with one song per year. New York magazine called the box set “a celebration of Merritt’s sky-high range as a writer and a player, through the exploration of the circumstances that helped cultivate it … a delightful flip through the untold back pages of one of rock’s most singular voices, and, all in all, the best damned Magnetic Fields album in the last ten years.” Merritt has also composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. In 2014, Merritt composed songs and background music for the first musical episode of public radio’s This American Life. Stephin Merritt also releases albums under the band names the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.

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Wed, Apr 6
Tarrytown, NY
Tarrytown Music Hall
Wed, Apr 6
Tarrytown, NY
Tarrytown Music Hall
Thu, Apr 7
Northampton, MA
Calvin Theater
Thu, Apr 7
Northampton, MA
Calvin Theater
Sat, Apr 9
Raleigh, NC
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Sat, Apr 9
Raleigh, NC
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Apr 10
Raleigh, NC
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Apr 10
Raleigh, NC
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Mon, Apr 11
Charlottesville, VA
The Paramount Theater
Mon, Apr 11
Charlottesville, VA
The Paramount Theater
Wed, Apr 13
Toronto, ON
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Wed, Apr 13
Toronto, ON
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri, Apr 15
Iowa City, IA
Englert Civic Theatre
Fri, Apr 15
Iowa City, IA
Englert Civic Theatre
Sat, Apr 16
Saint Paul, MN
Fitzgerald Theater
Sat, Apr 16
Saint Paul, MN
Fitzgerald Theater
Mon, Apr 18
Seattle, WA
The Moore Theatre
Mon, Apr 18
Seattle, WA
The Moore Theatre
Tue, Apr 19
Portland, OR
Aladdin Theater
Tue, Apr 19
Portland, OR
Aladdin Theater
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The Magnetic Fields’ Quickies five 7" vinyl box set is twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds, performed by Merritt and band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo, along with longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman. Also available on a single CD.

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The Magnetic Fields’ Quickies will be released on Nonesuch Records on May 15, 2020. The five 7" vinyl box set features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds. Preorders of the vinyl box set, also on a single CD, are available now in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of "The Day the Politicians Died," the video for which can be seen below. The song is also available to stream at Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merritt.

Merritt explains his thinking behind the Quickies concept: “I’ve been reading a lot of very short fiction, and I enjoyed writing 101 Two-Letter Words, the poetry book about the shortest words you can use in Scrabble. And I’ve been listening to a lot of French baroque harpsichord music. Harpsichord doesn’t lend itself to languor. So I’ve been thinking about one instrument at a time, playing for about a minute or so and then stopping, and I’ve been thinking of narratives that are only a few lines long.

“Also, I had been using a lot of small notebooks, so when I reach the bottom of the page, I’ve only gone a short way. Now that I’m working on a different album, I’m enforcing a large notebook rule so that I don’t do Quickies twice in a row.”

Quickies features Merritt and other Magnetic Fields band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo. They are joined by longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman.

To date, Stephin Merritt has written and recorded twelve Magnetic Fields albums, including the beloved 69 Love Songs and the 2017 critically acclaimed Nonesuch box set, 50 Song Memoir, which chronicled the first fifty years of the songwriter’s life with one song per year. New York magazine called the box set “a celebration of Merritt’s sky-high range as a writer and a player, through the exploration of the circumstances that helped cultivate it … a delightful flip through the untold back pages of one of rock’s most singular voices, and, all in all, the best damned Magnetic Fields album in the last ten years.” Merritt has also composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. In 2014, Merritt composed songs and background music for the first musical episode of public radio’s This American Life. Stephin Merritt also releases albums under the band names the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.

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Tour

Wed, Apr 6
Tarrytown, NY
Tarrytown Music Hall
Wed, Apr 6
Tarrytown, NY
Tarrytown Music Hall
Thu, Apr 7
Northampton, MA
Calvin Theater
Thu, Apr 7
Northampton, MA
Calvin Theater
Sat, Apr 9
Raleigh, NC
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Sat, Apr 9
Raleigh, NC
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Apr 10
Raleigh, NC
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Sun, Apr 10
Raleigh, NC
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Mon, Apr 11
Charlottesville, VA
The Paramount Theater
Mon, Apr 11
Charlottesville, VA
The Paramount Theater
Wed, Apr 13
Toronto, ON
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Wed, Apr 13
Toronto, ON
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Fri, Apr 15
Iowa City, IA
Englert Civic Theatre
Fri, Apr 15
Iowa City, IA
Englert Civic Theatre
Sat, Apr 16
Saint Paul, MN
Fitzgerald Theater
Sat, Apr 16
Saint Paul, MN
Fitzgerald Theater
Mon, Apr 18
Seattle, WA
The Moore Theatre
Mon, Apr 18
Seattle, WA
The Moore Theatre
Tue, Apr 19
Portland, OR
Aladdin Theater
Tue, Apr 19
Portland, OR
Aladdin Theater
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