The Magnetic Fields Announce New Album Quickies, Share Video for New Song: Watch

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The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, photo by <a href="">Marcelo Krasilcic</a>
The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, picture by Marcelo Krasilcic

The Magnetic Fields have introduced a brand new assortment referred to as Quickies. It options 28 new quick songs by Stephin Merritt which are all underneath three minutes lengthy. Quickies shall be launched throughout 5 vinyl EPs on May 15 through Nonesuch. It’ll even be obtainable digitally and on a single CD. Watch the brand new video for “The Day the Politicians Died” beneath.

The band has additionally introduced a collection of intimate residency performances at City Winery venues throughout the nation. Find these dates beneath.

Stephin Merritt is joined on Quickies by his bandmates Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo. Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman additionally seem on the gathering. Merritt mentioned the album’s idea in an announcement:

I’ve been studying a number of very quick fiction, and I loved writing
101 Two-Letter Words, the poetry ebook in regards to the shortest phrases you should use in Scrabble. And I’ve been listening to a number of French
baroque harpsichord music. Harpsichord doesn’t lend itself to languor.
So I’ve been occupied with one instrument at a time, taking part in for
a couple of minute or so after which stopping, and I’ve been pondering of
narratives which are just a few traces lengthy.

Also, I had been utilizing a number of small notebooks, so after I attain the
backside of the web page, I’ve solely gone a brief approach. Now that I’m working
on a distinct album, I’m implementing a big pocket book rule in order that I
don’t do Quickies twice in a row.

Merritt’s earlier Magnetic Fields album was 2017’s 50 Song Memoir. Listen to Pitchfork’s 2017 In Sight Out podcast with Stephin Merritt.


01 Castles of America
02 The Biggest Tits in History
03 The Day the Politicians Died
04 Castle Down a Dirt Road
05 Bathroom Quickie
06 My Stupid Boyfriend
07 Love Gone Wrong
08 Favorite Bar
09 Kill a Man a Week
10 Kraftwerk in a Blackout
11 When She Plays the Toy Piano
12 Death Pact (Let’s Make A)
13 I’ve Got a Date with Jesus
14 Come, Life, Shaker Life!
15 (I Want to Join A) Biker Gang
16 Rock ‘n’ Roll Guy
17 You’ve Got a Friend in Beelzebub
18 Let’s Get Drunk Again (And Get Divorced)
19 The Best Cup of Coffee in Tennessee
20 When the Brat Upstairs Got a Drum Kit
21 The Price You Pay
22 The Boy within the Corner
23 Song of the Ant
24 I Wish I Had Fangs and a Tail
25 Evil Rhythm
26 She Says Hello
27 The Little Robot Girl
28 I Wish I Were a Prostitute Again

The Magnetic Fields:

06-01 Chicago, IL – City Winery
06-02 Chicago, IL – City Winery
06-03 Chicago, IL – City Winery
06-04 Chicago, IL – City Winery
06-06 Nashville, TN – City Winery
06-08 Atlanta, GA – City Winery
06-09 Atlanta, GA – City Winery
06-11 Boston, MA – City Winery
06-12 Boston, MA – City Winery
06-13 Boston, MA – City Winery
06-19 Washington, DC – City Winery
06-20 Washington, DC – City Winery
06-21 Washington, DC – City Winery
06-24 Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
06-25 Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
06-26 Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
06-28 New York, NY – City Winery
06-29 New York, NY – City Winery
06-30 New York, NY – City Winery
07-01 New York, NY – City Winery