Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Magnetic Fields Returning With New Album In March + Spring 2012 Tour

Oh HELL yes. There had been some stirring this year from The Magnetic Fields this year with the release of frontmind Stephen Merritt's Obscurities collection and the announcement that the band would be hopping on the bill for a rare festival appearance at the Jeff Mangum-curated All Tomorrow's Parties Minehead event this coming March. Well we've got even MORE great news - The Magnetic Fields will also be releasing their 10th studio album this coming March as well, which will be their first on Merge Records since 1999's excellent 69 Love Songs (Spotify).

Entitled Love At The Bottom Of The Sea and featuring the chicken-based cover art seen above, Merge is releasing the new album on March 6 and taking pre-orders... now. The first 300 LPs ordered will be pressed on limited edition eggshell vinyl, while all CD and Vinyl preorders will come with a Magnetic Fields poster and button. Giddyup.


Festival appearances aside, The Magnetic Fields will be back on tour this coming spring throughout North America and Europe, stopping by a Barnes and Noble here in NYC on March 8 right before they head to England to rock Minehead for ATP and then come back for the always-fun SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. They'll be back here again for a proper two-night Beacon Theatre residency on April 3 and 4. Ticket info for all shows can be found here; the pre-sale for the Beacon shows is happening right now and the general sale starts at 11am ET on Friday (12/16). Check out tour dates after the jump along with the new album's tracklisting.

Track Listing:
1. God Wants Us to Wait
2. Andrew in Drag
3. Your Girlfriend’s Face
4. Born For Love
5. I’d Go Anywhere with Hugh
6. Infatuation (With Your Gyration)
7. The Only Boy in Town
8. The Machine in Your Hand
9. 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 on tour:
Mar 6 Hudson, NY Helsinki Hudson
Mar 7 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Mar 8 New York, NY Barnes and Noble
Mar 11 Minehead, UK All Tomorrow’s Parties
Mar 14, 15, 16 Austin, TX SXSW
Mar 18 Vancouver, BC The Vogue
Mar 19 Seattle, WA Neptune Theater
Mar 20 Seattle, WA Neptune Theater
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 3 New York, NY Beacon Theater
Apr 4 New York, NY Beacon Theater
Apr 6 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
Apr 7 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
Apr 9 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
Apr 24 Brighton, UK Komedia
Apr 25 London, UK Royal Festival Hall
Apr 27 Manchester, UK RNCM
Apr 28 Dublin, IR Olympia
Apr 29 Cork, IR Opera House
May 1 Porto, PT Casa da Musica
May 2 Lisbon, PT Teatro Maria Matos
May 4 Murcia, ES Estrella Levante SOS 4.8
May 6 Barcelona, ES Sala Apolo
May 7 Madrid, ES Teatro Rialto
May 9 Oslo, NO Rockefeller
May 11 Gothenburg, SE Annedalskyrkan
May 12 Stockholm, SE Filadelfiakyrkan
May 14 Berlin, DE Passionskirche
May 15 Hamburg, DE Kampnagel k6
May 16 Amsterdam, NL De Duif

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