50 Song Memoir The Magnetic Fields

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  • 166: Wonder Where I'm From02:45
  • 267: Come Back as a Cockroach02:35
  • 368: A Cat Called Dionysus02:48
  • 469: Judy Garland03:18
  • 570: They're Killing Children Over There02:38
  • 671 I Think I'll Make Another World02:57
  • 772: Eye Contact02:56
  • 873: It Could Have Been Paradise03:08
  • 974: No02:56
  • 1075: My Mama Ain't03:01
  • 1176: Hustle 7603:01
  • 1277: Life Ain't All Bad04:17
  • 1378: The Blizzard of '7802:59
  • 1479: Rock'n'Roll Will Ruin Your Life02:59
  • 1580: London by Jetpack02:59
  • 1681: How to Play the Synthesizer03:07
  • 1782: Happy Beeping03:12
  • 1883: Foxx and I02:44
  • 1984: Danceteria!03:09
  • 2085: Why I Am Not a Teenager03:04
  • 2186: How I Failed Ethics02:57
  • 2287: At the Pyramid03:09
  • 2388: Ethan Frome02:24
  • 2489: The 1989 Musical Marching Zoo02:45
  • 2590: Dreaming in Tetris03:21
  • 2691: The Day I Finally...02:21
  • 2792: Weird Diseases03:10
  • 2893: Me and Fred and Dave and Ted03:09
  • 2994: Haven't Got a Penny02:54
  • 3095: A Serious Mistake03:11
  • 3196: I'm Sad!02:12
  • 3297: Eurodisco Trio03:16
  • 3398: Lovers' Lies03:07
  • 3499: Fathers in the Clouds02:52
  • 3500: Ghosts of the Marathon Dancers03:06
  • 3601: Have You Seen It in the Snow?02:53
  • 3702: Be True to Your Bar03:36
  • 3803: The Ex and I02:59
  • 3904: Cold-Blooded Man03:06
  • 4005: Never Again03:16
  • 4106: "Quotes"02:59
  • 4207: In the Snow White Cottages02:52
  • 4308: Surfin'02:48
  • 4409: Till You Come Back to Me02:30
  • 4510: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea03:04
  • 4611: Stupid Tears02:46
  • 4712: You Can Never Go Back to New York03:13
  • 4813: Big Enough for Both of Us03:04
  • 4914: I Wish I Had Pictures03:08
  • 5015: Somebody's Fetish03:40
  • Total Runtime02:30:21

Info for 50 Song Memoir

Nonesuch Records releases the Magnetic Fields’ 50 Song Memoir on March 3, 2017. The five-album-set chronicles the 50 years of songwriter Stephin Merritt’s life with one song per year; it was produced by Stephin Merritt with additional production by Thomas Bartlett and Charles Newman. On tour, the Magnetic Fields perform the 50 Song Memoir over two nights per city, beginning tomorrow and Saturday, November 18 and 19, at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and continuing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on December 2 and 3. Further dates begin in spring 2017.

Merritt began recording on his 50th birthday: February 9, 2015. Unlike his previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction—in Merritt’s words, “a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis).” As he says in the album’s liner note interview with his friend, the author Daniel Handler, “I am the least autobiographical person you are likely to meet. I will probably not write any more true songs after this than I did before, but it’s been interesting working on it.”

In addition to his vocals on all 50 songs, Merritt plays more than 100 instruments on 50 Song Memoir, ranging from ukulele to piano to drum machine to abacus. In concert, the music will be played and sung by a newly expanded Magnetic Fields septet in a stage set featuring 50 years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, either traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last 50 years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer). The stage extravaganza will be directed by the award-winning Jose Zayas (Love in the Time of Cholera, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter).

Stephin Merritt, guitar, ukulele, keyboards, harmonium, melodica, lead vocals
Claudia Gonson, piano, drums, percussion, vocals
Sam Davol, cello, flute
John Woo, banjo, guitar
Shirley Simms, autoharp, ukulele, vocals

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