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The Magnetic Fields Announce New Album Quickies, Set Intimate US Tour

on February 25, 2020, 11:23am

This spring brings the release of a new album from The Magnetic Fields. Entitled Quickies, it comes more than three years after their 50 Song Memoir and is due May 15th via Nonesuch Records. To coincide with the news, the group has announced a supporting US tour.

The upcoming effort collects a generous 28 songs. But as indicated by the album’s name, each of the Stephin Merritt-penned tracks are relatively quick, ranging in length from 13 seconds to three minutes. In a statement (via Pitchfork), Merritt talked about his decision to keep things concise, saying,

“I’ve been reading a lot of very short fiction, and I enjoyed writing 101 Two-Letter Words, the poetry book about the shortest words you can use in Scrabble. And I’ve been listening to a lot of French baroque harpsichord music. Harpsichord doesn’t lend itself to languor. So I’ve been thinking about one instrument at a time, playing for about a minute or so and then stopping, and I’ve been thinking of narratives that are only a few lines long.”


The Magnetic Fields — rounded out by Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo — are teasing the new LP with “The Day the Politicians Died”, a two-minute piano number. Hear that below.

The indie outfit will promote the album with intimate City Winery shows in Chicago, Nashville, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC. General on-sale begins February 28th and tickets will be available on Ticketmaster. Once they sell out there, fans can try their luck here.

The Magnetic Fields 2020 Tour Dates:
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

Quickies Artwork:

The Magnetic Fields QUICKIES album cover artwork The Magnetic Fields Announce New Album Quickies, Set Intimate US Tour

Quickies Tracklist:
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 in 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

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