The Magnetic Fields

Hear the First Two Discs of New Magnetic Fields New Album 50 Song Memoir

On 50 Song Memoir, his forthcoming eleventh album under the Magnetic Fields name, Stephin Merritt returns to the sweeping ambition that characterizes his signature work, 1999's 69 Love…
Andy Cush / March 7, 2017

New Music: Hear Joyce Manor and 100% Cover Stephen Merritt for Planned Parenthood

While touring the U.S. this past fall, Joyce Manor and Crying found common ground in similar politics and a mutual love of Stephin Merritt. True…
Rob Arcand / February 22, 2017

Video: The Magnetic Fields – “’81 How To Play The Synthesizer”

Eighteen years after the Magnetic Fields' career-defining 69 Love Songs, and five years after Love at the Bottom of the Sea, Steven Merritt has been gearing…
Rob Arcand / February 17, 2017

14 Songs About Heartbreak for Your Sad Valentine’s Day

Don't believe the hype: Love stinks, and no day reminds you of its follies quite like Valentine's Day, as marketers fall over themselves to remind…
SPIN Staff / February 14, 2017

Stephin Merritt, Will Sheff, and More Remember David Bowie on the Talkhouse

The Talkhouse, a place for musicians to write about other musicians, is hosting a remembrance of the late, great David Bowie. The 69-year-old died yesterday,…
James Grebey / January 11, 2016

Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt Wrote Two New Songs for a Dog Named Lola

Stephin Merritt has a reputation as a bit sourpuss in other areas of his life, but his love for dogs knows no bounds. The Magnetic…
Colin Joyce / June 26, 2015

Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt Pens Scrabble-Themed Poetry Book

If you've ever played Scrabble or Words With Friends, you know how valuable landing double-letter words like "za," "xi," and "yo" can be. Magnetic Fields…
Dan Reilly / March 10, 2014

Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt Gives Life to Beck’s Sheet Music Song

Beck may have stumbled upon a bit of genius when he made the seemingly anachronistic move of releasing a new album solely in sheet music…
Chris Martins / December 14, 2012

Magnetic Fields’ Merritt Says Adele Wins Because She’s White

Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt has been branded both a racist and a rockist due to his opinions on popular music, so you'd think he…
Devon Maloney / March 23, 2012

The 20 Best Albums of 1999

The 20 best albums of 1999, ranked by the SPIN editors. [This list was originally published in the January 2000 issue of SPIN.]…
SPIN Staff / December 31, 1999