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  • February 23, 2022

    The Magnetic Fields have announced a tour of Europe and the UK for the spring and summer, starting at Asker Kulturus in Oslo on May 31, followed by shows in Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, France, and Germany. The dates follow the band's previously announced tour of the United States and Canada in April. That 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. 

  • 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.

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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, Aug 31
London
Eventim Apollo
Wed, Aug 31
London
Eventim Apollo
Fri, Sep 2
Bristol
St George's Bristol
Fri, Sep 2
Bristol
St George's Bristol
Sat, Sep 3
Dorset
Larmer Tree Gardens
Sat, Sep 3
Dorset
Larmer Tree Gardens
Wed, Sep 7
Dublin
3Olympia Theatre
Wed, Sep 7
Dublin
3Olympia Theatre
Thu, Sep 8
Cork
Cyprus Avenue
Thu, Sep 8
Cork
Cyprus Avenue
Sun, Sep 11
Amsterdam
Tolhuistuin
Sun, Sep 11
Amsterdam
Tolhuistuin
Mon, Sep 12
Paris
La Gaîté Lyrique
Mon, Sep 12
Paris
La Gaîté Lyrique
Wed, Sep 14
Frankfurt
Zoom Frankfurt
Wed, Sep 14
Frankfurt
Zoom Frankfurt
Fri, Sep 16
Berlin
Huxley's Neue Welt
Fri, Sep 16
Berlin
Huxley's Neue Welt
Sat, Sep 17
Hamburg
Kampnagel K6
Sat, Sep 17
Hamburg
Kampnagel K6
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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, Aug 31
London
Eventim Apollo
Wed, Aug 31
London
Eventim Apollo
Fri, Sep 2
Bristol
St George's Bristol
Fri, Sep 2
Bristol
St George's Bristol
Sat, Sep 3
Dorset
Larmer Tree Gardens
Sat, Sep 3
Dorset
Larmer Tree Gardens
Wed, Sep 7
Dublin
3Olympia Theatre
Wed, Sep 7
Dublin
3Olympia Theatre
Thu, Sep 8
Cork
Cyprus Avenue
Thu, Sep 8
Cork
Cyprus Avenue
Sun, Sep 11
Amsterdam
Tolhuistuin
Sun, Sep 11
Amsterdam
Tolhuistuin
Mon, Sep 12
Paris
La Gaîté Lyrique
Mon, Sep 12
Paris
La Gaîté Lyrique
Wed, Sep 14
Frankfurt
Zoom Frankfurt
Wed, Sep 14
Frankfurt
Zoom Frankfurt
Fri, Sep 16
Berlin
Huxley's Neue Welt
Fri, Sep 16
Berlin
Huxley's Neue Welt
Sat, Sep 17
Hamburg
Kampnagel K6
Sat, Sep 17
Hamburg
Kampnagel K6
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