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There’s a scene in the trailer for the 2010 Magnetic Fields’ documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields where a cab driver asks Stephin Merritt, “Why are they making a documentary about you?” Merritt replies slovenly, “I write wonderful music.” The cabbie says, “What’s your name? Merritt? Never heard of it.”… More »

Whether you experience Christmas as a spiritual curative or a wretched crucible likely depends upon your capacity to enjoy the Yuletide season’s truly disassociate spirit of insanity. Most of us may consider ourselves largely inured at this point to the curiously redundant recurring color schemes, the unnaturally oppressive nighttime lighting and deeply strange rituals, the… More »

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

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The Magnetic Fields – Distortion

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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 whe…
Stereogum | November 30, 2007 - 5:28 pm
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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…
Stereogum | November 26, 2007 - 12:44 pm
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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
Stereogum | November 16, 2007 - 8:29 am
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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 material…
Stereogum | November 6, 2007 - 1:10 pm
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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…
Scott Lapatine | September 27, 2006 - 2:44 pm
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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…
Stereogum | April 26, 2005 - 2:44 pm
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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…
Stereogum | January 18, 2005 - 9:21 am
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More Stephin Merrit Rock Reviews

“Rock That?s Oh So Stupid Yet Oh So Intelligent” By STEPHIN MERRITT The New York Times 5/16/04 DELAYS You can’t tell a word Greg Gilbert…
Stereogum | May 16, 2004 - 5:26 pm
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