Guest DJ: Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields

 
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For his 50th birthday, Stephin Merritt, the leader of the band The Magnetic Fields, released an album of 50 new songs, each corresponding with one year of his life.  The band will be in Pittsburgh on July 19th & 20th to perform "50 Song Memoir" over two performances. 

The performance features seven performers, 50 years worth of artifacts from vintage computers to reel-to-reel tape decks, on a stage set that looks like a home decorated with furniture and shag carpet. 

Merritt plays Guest DJ with WYEP's Brian Siewiorek, choosing some of his favorite songs from over his lifetime from acts like ABBA, Stereolab, Shannon and the Clams and more. He also talks about the idea behind making his autobiographical album and turning it into a live show. 

More information on The Magnetic Fields' upcoming Pittsburgh performance is here. 

Photo credit: Marcelo Krasilic