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Posted 20 Mar 2012 @ 1:20pm

 

In his inspired and inspiring SXSW keynote address, Bruce Springsteen quoted legendary music critic Lester Bangs, who wrote that Elvis Presley was the last thing that we would all agree on. Springsteen talked about a time when there were so few bands around that record stores didn’t exist, when albums were racked in a corner of the local drug store. Not anymore. There are more music...

Posted 15 Mar 2012 @ 10:22am

 

Love At the Bottom Of the Sea is a return to the Domino label for The Magnetic Fields after a trio of synthesizer-free albums, but it’s a few good songs short of a return to form. Love is the theme once again and all the gang are back, ensuring there are snatches of 69 Love Songs’ greatness.

 

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Posted 15 Feb 2012 @ 10:41am

 

The Magnetic Fields’ new album is a bubbling electro folk charmer, but the lead single isn’t necessarily the best track on the album. With a cute breakaway chorus, Andrew In Drag showcases Stephin Merritt’s familiar tongue-in-cheek style through the standard tropes of unrequited love and sexual transgression: “A pity she does not exist / A shame he’s not a fag / The only girl I’ve...

Posted 7 Feb 2012 @ 2:01pm

 

Although it makes sense to package this collection of odds and ends from late last century under the ‘Stephin Merritt’ umbrella, it wasn’t really until after 1999’s classic 69 Love Songs that Merritt started to record music – mostly soundtracks – under his own name. Although his main vice was The Magnetic Fields, he also recorded as The Gothic Archies,...

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