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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Jeremy (Magnetic Fields cover)

New single! Euro tour! Excitement! 

(A-side of 7” to be released in Oct) 

From Peggy on Magnetic Fields - “Jeremy” cover :

"The Magnetic Fields, for me, were part of an immature phase.  I know that has negative connotations, but in hindsight, I don’t think I could have fallen harder for any other band at any other time in my life.  I had the kind of naive scrawl-their-name-on-my-notebook fixation that any young teenybopper would have had, except back then, I didn’t have the luxury of the internet to find out much about my favorite band, and I didn’t live in a big city where I might hope to catch a glimpse of my teen idols as they rolled through town.  There wasn’t even a fan club for me to join.  The Magnetic Fields were a band without context.

It was a hot boring summer, 1995 to be specific, I didn’t know how to drive, and my best friend had gone away to Jewish summer camp.  All I had were a few Magnetic Fields CDs (my mom was kind enough to drive me all the way to the now defunct Tower Records in downtown New Orleans to find them) and the liner notes I had pinned to the wall.  I didn’t have a face to put with Stephin Merritt’s name or voice, but I did have all the time in the world to romanticize the man who wrote the sort of lyrics he did, the tales of young love that were so much more specific and painterly than the songs playing on the radio. I was never the sort of teenager that wanted to run away, but the Magnetic Fields were my singular escape from the ennui of suburban life, amplifying my obsessions and daydreams. This all sounds very nostalgic, but at the time, the Magnetic Fields were exactly the opposite.  They gave me hope that someday I would grow up and experience the kind of love that Stephin Merritt wrote about, even if it ended in the most hyperbolic of tragedies.  They weren’t even songs I could relate to just yet…I just wanted to be able to relate to them one day.

Now that I’m older, I can look back at the time and see how the Magnetic Fields were a band that could exist outside of a context and still make me fall in love with them.  I didn’t need to know if they were anyone else’s favorite band, I didn’t need to know what they looked like or where they were from or any frivolous details a hypothetical Tigerbeat interview might have divulged to me. I was struck recently while watching “Strange Powers” (the Magnetic Fields documentary) how completely clueless I was to the details of a band I claimed to love so much.  I had no idea how Claudia and Stephin met, or what kind of Wurlitzer piano Stephin used. My current adult pragmatic self considers many factors, both superficial and visceral, to determine whether I “like” something, and perhaps that’s just the burden of growing up.  The Magnetic Fields might have been the last band I ever unconditionally loved without ever stopping to try to understand why — just the kind of love story I hoped to one day live through.”

The Pains are also going on an EURO TOUR! Hooray! Here are the dates below to see if you’re lucky enough.

Oct 14 Oran Mor Glasgow, United Kingdom Tickets
Oct 15 Ruby Lounge Manchester, United Kingdom Tickets
Oct 16 Dingwalls London, United Kingdom Tickets
Oct 18 Stereolux Nantes, France Tickets
Oct 19 Le Trabendo Paris, France Tickets
Oct 20 LA CHAPELLE DES TRINITAIRES Metz, France Tickets
Oct 21 L’Épicerie Moderne Lyon, France Tickets
Oct 23 Astoria City Turin, Italy Tickets
Oct 24 Circolo degli Artisti Rome, Italy Tickets
Oct 26 Covo Club Bologna Bo, Italy Tickets
Oct 27 Looop Padova, Italy Tickets
Oct 29 Mascotte Club Zurich, Switzerland Tickets
Oct 30 Kino Siska Ljubljana, Slovenia Tickets
Oct 31 Szene Vienna, Austria Tickets
Nov 01 Ahoi! pop 2012 Linz, Austria Tickets
Nov 03 Musikkantine Augsburg, Germany Tickets
Nov 04 Meet Factory Prague, Czech Republic Tickets
Nov 05 Conne Island Leipzig, Germany Tickets
Nov 06 Bi Nuu Berlin, Germany Tickets
Nov 07 Aarhaus Atlas Tann, Germany Tickets
Nov 08 Debaser Malmo, Sweden Tickets
Nov 09 Sticky Fingers Gothenburg, Sweden Tickets
Nov 10 Debaser Medis Stockholm, Sweden Tickets
Nov 12 Kojaamo Helsinki, Finland Tickets