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The Magnetic Fields announce tour & tenth album - 'Love at the Bottom of the Sea'

The Magnetic Fields Bottom of the Sea

Boston’s Stephin Merritt is at it once again with the Magnetic Fields. The genre-evading group has released details of a tenth studio album and a North American tour. Merritt has apparently been recording the album in L.A., San Francisco, and New York with Claudia Gonson, John Woo, Sam Davol, Johny Blood, Shirley Simms, and accordionist Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket).

After a 12 year separation, the Magnetic Fields are back with Merge Records, who produced the band’s concept masterpiece 69 Love Songs. The new project will be titled Love at the Bottom of the Sea and will be released on March 6. Merge will is selling eggshell vinyl editions of the album for the first 300 buyers and signed Magnetic Fields posters and buttons for the first 100 preorders.

The Magnetic Fields will also be touring the U.S. and Canada in support of the album. The band will be on the road starting in Hudson, NY on March 6 and ending in Atlanta on April 13 with stops in Philadelphia, New York, Austin (for South by Southwest), Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, L.A., Oakland, Chicago, Iowa City, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Boston, DC, and Carrboro. They’re also playing the Jeff Mangum-curated ATP festival in the U.K. on March 11. Check out the “Love at the Bottom of the Sea” artwork above, tracklist below, and tour schedule under that.


Love at the Bottom of the Sea tracklist

01. God Wants Us to Wait
02. Andrew in Drag
03. Your Girlfriend’s Face
04. Born For Love
05. I’d Go Anywhere with Hugh
06. Infatuation (With Your Gyration)
07. The Only Boy in Town
08. The Machine in Your Hand
09. Goin’ Back to the Country
10. I’ve Run Away to Join the Fairies
11. The Horrible Party
12. My Husband’s Pied-a-Terre
13. I Don’t Like Your Tone
14. Quick!
15. All She Cares About Is Mariachi

The Magnetic Fields tour dates

Mar. 06 – Hudson, NY - Helsinki Hudson
Mar. 07 – Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Mar. 08 – New
York, NY - Barnes and Noble
Mar. 11 – Minehead, UK - ATP UK curated by Jeff Mangum
Mar. 14 – Austin, TX - South by Southwest
Mar. 15 – Austin, TX - South by Southwest
Mar. 16 – Austin, TX - South by Southwest
Mar. 18 – Vancouver, BC - The Vogue
Mar. 19 – Seattle, WA - Neptune
Mar. 20 – Seattle, WA - Neptune
Mar. 21 – Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Mar. 23 – Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theater
Mar. 24 – Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Mar. 26 – Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
Mar. 27 – Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
Mar. 28 – Iowa City, IA - Englert Theater
Mar. 30 – Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
Mar. 31 – Montreal, QC - Le National
Apr. 03 – New York, NY - Beacon Theater
Apr. 04 – New York, NY - Beacon Theater
Apr. 06 – Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
Apr. 07 – Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
Apr. 09 – Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Apr. 11 – Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Apr. 12 – Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
Apr. 13 – Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse