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Attracted by the Magnetic Fields? A Guide

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Attracted by the Magnetic Fields? A Guide

Attracted by the Magnetic Fields? A Guide

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LD Beghtol played and sang on the Magnetic Fields' epic 69 Love Songs and later wrote a field guide to the album.

Now the Magnetic Fields, a brainchild of Stephin Merritt, are back with a new disc, Distortion. On today's show, Beghtol talked us through it — we call it an assisted listen to the latest work of a tres important pop musician.

Beghtol also sends a cut from his new record, Amoral Certitudes, with his outfit LD and the New Criticism. It's got Dana Kletter on vocals, and it's so worth your ears, we're going to paste it below in its own special player.

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