The Magnetic Fields plot US tour, return to Merge Records for new album about love/how stupid you are

The Magnetic Fields plot US tour, return to Merge Records for new album about love/how stupid you are

Stephin Merritt, in the last few years, really seems to have found the perfect newsboy cap to help channel lyrical/musical/conceptual genius, with the linked albums Distortion (TMT Review) and Realism (TMT Review) released in 2008 and 2010, respectively, followed by a just-announced, brand new Magnetic Fields album arriving early next year! This prolificacy is in stark contrast to the five-year gap between 69 Love Songs and i, a dark period when Mr. Merritt’s newsboy cap became misaligned, leaving him alone with simple romantic thoughts unsullied by grim reality or bone-dry wit… horribly earnest times. Thankfully his old cap was swapped for a more aerodynamic model, and the humorously pathetic thought processes of infatuated humans came rushing back into Stephin’s head in a beautiful torrent of misanthropy.

Thus, on March 6, we all must endure 15 new barbs aimed at our dumb lovey-dovey hearts, collectively entitled Love at the Bottom of the Sea. The last three or so Magnetic Fields albums have been released through Nonesuch, but this new album finds them returning to Merge, their never-really-forgotten ex-boyfriend of the 90s. Also making a return is the long-spurned use of synthesizers that were last heard on 69 Love Songs, though Merritt notes: “Most of the synthesizers on the record didn’t exist when we were last using synthesizers.” All the songs are under the three-minute mark, feature the usual rotating cast of musicians, and were recorded in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. If you pre-order the album fast enough, you could be one of the lucky 300 owners of the album on eggshell vinyl, and the first 100 orders of either the LP or the CD will have their included poster ironically signed by Stephin Merritt.

Just like the budding spring brings new lovers together, only to be torn apart by the realization of their true selves in the following seasons, a new batch of Magnetic Fields songs brings a new tour across the United States, only to be ruined by rude audiences and endless chanting for songs they recorded a decade ago. See the tourdates below the tracklisting, and go ahead and buy two tickets to the nearest venue if you really think your delusional, self-serving relationship is going to last until March.

Love at the Bottom of the Sea tracklisting:

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

2012 tourdates:

03.06.12 - Hudson, NY - Helsinki Hudson
03.07.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.08.12 - New York, NY - Barnes and Noble
03.11.12 - Minehead, UK - ATP
03.14.12 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03.18.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue
03.19.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
03.20.12 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
03.21.12 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
03.23.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theater
03.24.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
03.26.12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
03.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
03.28.12 - Iowa City, IA - Englert Theater
03.30.12 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
03.31.12 - Montreal, QC - Le National
04.03.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
04.04.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
04.06.12 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
04.07.12 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
04.09.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.11.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.12.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.13.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

• The Magnetic Fields:
• Merge:

of Montreal and Deerhoof to touch tips early next year and make babies on stage

The frigid end of February and the soft entering of spring is enough to get you in a lovey little tizzy and no one knows that better than of Montreal, who will pop an ExtenZe and throw some colorful cocktail of pills into the drinks of their friends in Deerhoof. All of this means that they’ll end up on tour together in the horny hours of mid-spring 2012, playing songs from their latest albums, False Priest (TMT Review) and Deerhoof vs. Evil (TMT Review), respectively.

Their own man of pleasure, Kishi Bashi, will also partake, as will the seductive Loney Dear, and the sexy Hard Nips (read: can cut glass). Now that we’ve warmed you up, read through the tourdates to see where you can get in on an easy threeway.


12.31.11 - Athens, GA - Go Bar / List Christee DJ set
02.17.12 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
03.07.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live *
03.08.12 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live *
03.09.12 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box *
03.10.12 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin Wolf *
03.11.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds *%
03.12.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM @ UCO Performance Lab *
03.13.12 - Dallas, TX - Tree’s *
03.14.12 - Mc Allen, TX - Sofie’s Saloon
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East (Polyvinyl Showcase)
03.18.12 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls *#
03.19.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto *#
03.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern *#
03.21.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s *#
03.22.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *#
03.23.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *#
03.24.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market *#
03.25.12 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
03.27.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue * ≈
03.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro * ≈
03.29.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom * ≈
03.30.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ¥ !
03.31.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall * ≈
04.01.12 - Boston, MA - The Paradise * ≈
04.02.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer * ≈
04.03.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club * ≈
04.04.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle * ≈
04.05.12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel * ≈
04.06.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29 * ≈
04.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse * ≈

* Kishi Bashi
# Deerhoof
% Cults
≈ Loney Dear
! Computer Magic
¥ Hard Nips

• of Montreal:
• Polyvinyl:

EMA announces spring 2012 North American headlining tour, as if she didn’t already rock the hell out of 2011

By now, you probably know the story of EMA — co-founder of Gowns who launched a solo project, kicked ass, took names, etc. With the end of the year approaching, music fools everywhere have begun to compile their best of 2011 lists, and EMA’s debut, Past Life Martyred Saints, has already appeared at #27 on The Quietus’ list, #20 on the BBC Music Writers list, #7 on Stereogum’s list, and #3 on Spin’s. The Sunday Times has named her #1 New Artist of 2011, and “California” has wound up on year-end “best track” lists for Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, and Spin. (PLMS also made its way onto our own mid-year list, hint hint.)

A deluxe edition of Past Life Martyred Saints will see an exclusive iTunes release on February 7 and will feature a bonus track entitled “To Leave With Love” and videos for “California,” “Milkman,” and “Marked,” as well as a cover of Nirvana’s “Endless, Nameless” with an accompanying video. Her recent single, “Angelo”/”Marked” is currently available as a limited-edition 7-inch via Insound and digitally via other major retailers.

Hold your horses, kids: there’s still more EMA news. After spending most of the year on tour as both a headliner and supporting the likes of CSS, MEN, Wild Beasts, Kurt Vile, Zola Jesus, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., EMA has announced the first dates of her spring 2012 headlining tour. More dates to be announced (hopefully soon, because none of these are within convenient distance from where I reside).


03.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Natural History Museum
03.06.12 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
03.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
03.09.12 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
03.10.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03.11.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
03.13.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
03.14.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.15.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03.16.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

• EMA:
• Souterrain Transmissions:

[Photo: Keith Nealy]

Grinderman go to smutty old man heaven, where Nick Cave is already considered a patron saint

Weep tears into your mustache: Nick Cave’s filthy side band Grinderman seem to have disbanded. News of their dissolution comes from The Quietus, who report that, at the end of Grinderman’s set at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria, Australia, Cave announced, “That’s it for Grinderman. It’s over.” Granted, he also evidently added, “See you all in another ten years when we’ll be even older and uglier.” There’s been no official word as of yet, but if we’re to take everything literally, then goodbye to current iteration of Grinderman, hello to Grinderman in 2021! Nick Cave will be 64 years old by then!

Of course, Grinderman breaking up is kind of like a band not breaking up at all. Every member of the band is also in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, who I assume (and hope and pray) are still a band. Maybe if you ask Nick Cave nice enough, he’ll throw a few Grinderman songs into their set. Maybe he’ll also spit in your face and tell you that you’re a pig dying in a gutter in some forsaken town where even mothers couldn’t love their own kids. Really, it could go either way with that guy.

• Grinderman:

Sleigh Bells spew threats at cowardly fans: Reign of Terror to annihilate you

Since Sleigh Bells released their debut album Treats (TMT Review), they’ve had an awful lot of time to brush up on their textbooks (great tourbus reading material), and thus they’ve decided to take a page out of the good ol’ French Revolutionary Calendar. For their sophomore full-length, Reign of Terror, the duo will unleash full throttle threats, powered by the good folks at Mom + Pop, that are sure to jumble your brain around and make you go permanently cross-eyed.

Where will they bring this terror to first? Florida, naturally — a magical land with high rates of serial killers and bestiality. Scared shitless yet? Sleigh Bells embark on a mini-tour leading up to the album’s release date, which falls on the terrifying day of St. Valentine’s. Tickets are already available here.


02.03.12 - Gainesville, FL - Florida Theater
02.04.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz
02.06.12 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
02.07.12 -Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
02.09.12 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
02.10.12 - Orlando, FL - Firestone
02.11.12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
02.14.12 - Miami, FL - Grand Central

Reign of Terror tracklisting:

01. True Shred Guitar
02. Born to Lose
03. Crush
04. End of the Line
05. Leader of the Pack
06. Comeback Kid
07. Demons
08. Road to Hell
09. You Lost Me
10. Never Say Die
11. D.O.A.

• Sleigh Bells:
• Mom + Pop:

RIP: Philip “Fatis” Burrell, Jamaican producer and Xterminator owner

From The New York Times:

Philip Burrell, one of the most prolific and influential Jamaican record producers of the last 20 years, died on Dec. 3 in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 57.

The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Carmelita Bailey Burrell.

Mr. Burrell churned out two decades’ worth of hit records and championed future reggae stars like Sanchez, Pinchers, Luciano and Sizzla. But his most important achievement was upholding the music’s great sonic and spiritual traditions.

• Philip Burrell: