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69 Love Songs Turns 10

69 Love Songs was released September 7, 1999 by Merge. I was in school in Buffalo at the time and taking a break from music writing, so I was able to approach the collection entirely as a fan, which has affected how I listen to these three volumes. I’d been into the Magnetic Fields since… More »

By: brandon / September 8, 2009 - 9:32 am

Stephin Merritt Does Coraline, Promises Many More Musicals

Vanity Fair has pics and a preview of the Magnetic Fielder’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s creepy kid’s book. Merritt says: “This is part of my plan to make 50 successful Hollywood musicals.” Don’t doubt it. More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 13, 2009 - 2:02 pm

Magnetic Fields Offer Their “Underwear” To Puma L.I.F.T.

From his “Wheels On The Car” to his Wrigley commercial that’s impossible to find on-line, etc., the Magnetic Fields’ crooner certainly isn’t shy about writing jingles or allowing his songs to be transformed into them. See, for instance, this new ad campaign for PUMA’s L.I.F.T. sneaker. (Thanks for the tip, Scott.) Yes, sounds like a… More »

By: brandon / March 17, 2009 - 1:58 pm

Stephin Merritt Goes Backstage With Other Music

These days live video is all the rage (well, that and nostalgia, repetitious festivals, and getting too excited about things that don’t deserve it because you want to be “first”). But yeah, from Take-Aways to Black Cabs to, we have a variety of ways to see the people we like (or couldn’t give two… More »

By: brandon / July 29, 2008 - 5:35 pm

The Magnetic Fields @ Town Hall, NYC 2/23/08

By Amrit Singh
As with most Magnetic Fields albums, Distortion is organized around a singular concept. Unlike say 69 Love Songs (love songs, guess how many) or i (songs all beginning with the same letter, guess which one), though, the principle at play on the latest has nothing to do with words or… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 25, 2008 - 9:11 pm

Stephin Merritt Is Psycho For Psychocandy

Listening to the super duper Distortion — which we’ve already prematurely sainted — it’s pretty clear Stephin Merritt likes the Jesus & Mary Chain and their rainy feedback. Listen no further than the a-clang backdrop of “Too Drunk To Dream,” though a better example would be “Please Stop Dancing.” True, the white noise smears frostily… More »

By: Stereogum / January 7, 2008 - 10:34 am

NPR Asks Stephin Merritt To Write A Song (Very Quickly), Hosts Carrie Brownstein’s Blog

NPR’s All Songs Considered has this new segment “Project Song” where a musician type’s given 48 hours to write a tune based on the materials the Public Radio peeps provide. The first person selected, our favorite hangdog Stephin Merritt, kick started his creative juices with the year 1974 and a creepy Phil Toledano photo of… More »

By: Stereogum / November 6, 2007 - 1:10 pm

New Gothic Archies – The Tragic Treasury

It’s been almost a decade since Stephin Merritt’s last Gothic Archies album, but that’s about to change thanks to Lemony Snicket. We haven’t actually read Daniel Handler’s Series Of Unfortunate Events books but, from what we gather, the author and Merritt are a perfect pairing. This Count Olaf guy sounds pretty goth too. From the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 27, 2006 - 2:44 pm

Stream The New Stephin Merritt

Our modern-day Cole Porter is back with some Showtunes. Hear 5 cuts here. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 10, 2006 - 7:44 pm
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