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The Magnetic Fields – Distortion

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By: Stereogum / November 30, 2007 - 8:08 pm

Premature Evaluation: The Magnetic Fields – Distortion

The Magnetic Fields can’t be accused of false advertising in titling studio album eight Distortion: Each tune’s wrapped in a fuzzy, clamoring shell, even when the feedbacking acoustic piano and guitar hum’s relegated to deep in the background. Distortion’s consistent textural palette’s reminiscent of Holiday’s “Desert Island,” but this is all about icy New York… More »

By: Stereogum / November 30, 2007 - 5:28 pm

The Magnetic Fields’ Distortion Album Art

Just started dipping into the Magnetic Fields’ forthcoming Distortion, loving every second. A more in depth evaluation’s sure to follow; in the meantime, chant along to the LP’s surf-y lead track “Three-Way,” and have a gander at Stephin’s conception of the album title — visually.

Distortion is out 1/18/08 on Nonesuch,… More »

By: Stereogum / November 26, 2007 - 12:44 pm

New Magnetic Fields – “Three-Way” (Stereogum Premiere)

Last we heard from Stephin Merritt, he was talking ABBA and speed writing for NPR, resulting in the gothy, somber, and pop-rific “The Man Of A Million Faces.” Upping the pace some, “Three-Way,” the opener from the Magnetic Fields’s forthcoming Distortion, takes the album’s tag seriously, wrapping the track in a chiming, feedbacking haze, punctuated… More »

By: Stereogum / November 16, 2007 - 8:29 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

The Shins Cover Magnetic Fields

By request…
The Shins – “Strange Powers (Live In Toronto 4/17/05)” (MP3)

You can read Frank’s review of that Kool Haus show at Chromewaves. While you’re there, download another cool cover: Mountain Goats’ acoustic take on “The Boys Are Back In Town.”… More »

By: Stereogum / April 26, 2005 - 2:44 pm

Arcade Fire Become Eclectic, Cover Mag Fields

Montreal’s big buzz band did a sweet set on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic yesterday, reworking some of their more bombastic funereal anthems into gentle, chugging ballads. Highlights included a Magnetic Fields cover…

The Arcade Fire – “Born On A Train”

And this catchy new tune…

The Arcade Fire – “Intervention”More »

By: Stereogum / January 18, 2005 - 9:21 am

More Stephin Merrit Rock Reviews

“Rock That?s Oh So Stupid Yet Oh So Intelligent”
The New York Times 5/16/04

DELAYS You can’t tell a word Greg Gilbert is saying on this English band’s debut album, “Faded Seaside Glamour” (Rough Trade), and you won’t care; his soaring falsetto is that beautiful. The first single, “Nearer Than Heaven,”… More »

By: Stereogum / May 16, 2004 - 5:26 pm
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