The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields – “’88 Ethan Frome” Video

Stephin Merritt added to his massive discography this month with a new Magnetic Fields triple-album called 50 Song Memoir. He's already released videos for "'85
Chris DeVille | March 20, 2017 - 10:04 am

The Magnetic Fields – “’85 Why Am I Not A Teenager” Video

Not long ago, Stephin Merritt's Magnetic Fields came out with 50 Song Memoir, a five-disc album that features a song for every year that Merritt…
Tom Breihan | March 15, 2017 - 10:25 am

Counting Down

Stephin Merritt Albums From Worst To Best

"Relating to other people has always struck me as the most overrated of pleasures." Stephin Merritt said this in a 2015 issue of…
Doug Bleggi | March 13, 2017 - 12:33 pm

Stream The Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir Disc 1 & 2

The Magnetic Fields' new album 50 Song Memoir is an almost absurdly ambitious endeavor. Band mastermind Stephin Merritt is 50 years old, and the new…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2017 - 10:17 am

The Magnetic Fields – “’81 How To Play The Synthesizer” Video

The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt is releasing his latest ambitious experiment, 50 Song Memoir, next month, and so far we've heard six tracks from it,…
James Rettig | February 17, 2017 - 1:43 pm

The Magnetic Fields – “’83 Foxx And I” Video

The Magnetic Fields are releasing their 50 Song Memoir next month, and we've already heard five tracks from it, each covering a different year in…
James Rettig | February 1, 2017 - 10:56 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Thanksgiving is coming up, and many of us are dreading the difficult conversations we'll be having with family around the dinner table this year. By…
Stereogum | November 18, 2016 - 5:08 pm

Hear Five Songs From The Magnetic Fields’ 5-Disc Album 50 Song Memoir

The Magnetic Fields are good at gimmicks. To date, the finest moment from Stephin Merritt's endlessly sharp indie-pop project has been the 1999 triple-disc set…
Tom Breihan | November 17, 2016 - 11:10 am

Lou Reed, The 6ths, Django Django Soundtrack Google Pixel Commercials

Google just launched their new Pixel smartphone, and, of course, the launch of any product comes with lots of ads. Ads often come with music,…
Peter Helman | October 23, 2016 - 1:19 pm

The Magnetic Fields Prep 50 Song Memoir

The Magnetic Fields' 1999 triple LP 69 Love Songs remains their masterpiece, and it seems that Stephin Merritt and co. are working on another obscenely…
Peter Helman | May 24, 2016 - 9:45 pm

FIDLAR & Bully – “Absolutely Cuckoo” (Magnetic Fields Cover)

Two leading purveyors of electrifying American power-chord rock, FIDLAR and Bully (pictured), are touring Europe together this month. To promote the joint venture they've teamed…
Chris DeVille | November 10, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Stream Jawbreaker Reunion & PWR BTTM’s Republican National Convention Split

Two Bands To Watch enter the arena ... only one leaves alive? Or something like that. Jawbreaker Reunion and PWR BTTM have teamed up for…
James Rettig | February 17, 2015 - 11:48 am

Here Are Some Game Tips From Scrabble Enthusiast Stephin Merritt

Magnetic Fields songs often hinge on witty, erudite turns of phrase, so it's not that surprising that band mastermind Stephin Merritt plays a lot of…
Tom Breihan | October 29, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Download New Cover Songs And Watch A Short Documentary Celebrating 25 Years Of Merge

North Carolina-based Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. From taking over baseball games to planning their own four-day festival, they've been doing…
James Rettig | July 8, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Stephin Merritt Plans Scrabble-Inspired Poetry Book

Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt is the sort of person who you could easily imagine absolutely annihilating you at Scrabble while simultaneously acting very bored…
Tom Breihan | March 10, 2014 - 2:33 pm
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