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Gotcha Covered

Gotcha Covered: “Heroes”

So Motörhead covered David Bowie's "Heroes." This is, even for Gotcha Covered, a fairly weird development -- not just because it's an ostensibly unlikely combination…
Nate Patrin | August 10, 2017 - 2:12 pm

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

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

More The Magnetic Fields stories

Palehound, Sidney Gish, Worriers, & More Cover Magnetic Fields On You Can Sing Me Anything: A Tribute To 69 Love Songs

69 Love Songs is ambitious all by itself. A few dozen songs from anyone would be a significant feat no matter what, but part of…
James Rettig | December 14, 2018 - 12:20 pm


illuminati hotties – “The Way You Say Good-Night” (The Magnetic Fields Cover)

The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs turns 20 years old next year. It stands as one of Stephin Merritt's most popular and beloved songwriting exercises,…
James Rettig | December 4, 2018 - 9:53 am

Stephin Merritt Befriended This Jeopardy! Contestant

A bunch of older Jeopardy! episodes recently went up on Netflix, including a 2013 Tournament Of Champions entry in which 9-time winner Jason Keller talks…
James Rettig | November 14, 2018 - 1:43 pm

Hundred Waters – “I Don’t Believe In The Sun” (The Magnetic Fields Cover)

When the Magnetic Fields released the landmark triple album 69 Love Songs in 1999, band mastermind Stephin Merritt would talk about the fundamental insincerity of…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2018 - 1:32 pm

Superchunk – “Erasure” (Feat Katie Crutchfield & Stephin Merritt)

Superchunk's upcoming album What A Time To Be Alive has already given us one absolute gem via the triumphantly defiant title track, and today they're…
Chris DeVille | January 9, 2018 - 9:30 am

Stephin Merritt Writes A Jingle For Silverlake Menswear Store Virgil Normal

The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt writes songs about pretty much anything -- that's sorta his thing, right? -- so why not write a jingle for…
James Rettig | September 8, 2017 - 10:40 am

Arcade Fire, The Magnetic Fields, Grace Jones, & More Make Primavera Sound The Best Festival In Europe

Primavera has a particular reputation, as being one of the best, most interestingly curated festivals in Europe. (Or, anywhere, for that matter.) It earns it.
Ryan Leas | June 5, 2017 - 10:49 am

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

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
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