Stephin Merritt announces new Magnetic Fields album ’50 Song Memoir’, live dates

Here’s something to get excited about while you’re decked out like a Christmas tree later in the year — a new album from Magnetic Fields is expected to arrive sometime in early 2017. And it’s going to be a big one.

According to Stephin Merritt website House of Tomorrow, the new Magnetic Fields album will be titled 50 Song Memoir and will be issued by Nonesuch Records. It will be the first Magnetic Fields release since 2012’s Love at the Bottom of the Sea, and according to reports, Merritt’s lyrics will not only be autobiographical, but also address each year of his life. So expect songs about “bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery, hippies, Hollywood, and hyperacusis.”

As an added treat, and for those who love to plan way in advance, Magnetic Fields have unveiled the first of what we hope to be many live dates, beginning in Brooklyn in December as part of the 2016 Next Wave Festival, and continuing on through 2017 with a pair of dates in both Los Angeles and Seattle. Full info is below.

From House of Tomorrow:

Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields are hard at work at a long album, entitled “50 Song Memoir.” It is projected for release by Nonesuch Records in the start of 2017. We will update you with more album release information over the next months.

Additionally, the band will be performing live, starting at the end of 2016, and throughout 2017.

Here is ticket information for the first three announced shows:

Brooklyn Academy of Music – Brooklyn, NY
Program A – December 2nd, 2016
Program B – December 3rd, 2016

Royce Hall, UCLA – Los Angeles, CA
Program A – April 27th, 2017
Program B – April 28th, 2017

Moore Theater – Seattle, WA
Program A – May 6th, 2017
Program B – May 7th, 2017

More tour dates and album information to follow! Stay tuned!