Win Tickets ($70): The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Night 2) @ Revolution Hall | One Song for Each Year of Stephin Merritt’s Life

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Night 2) @ Revolution Hall on May 4. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, May 1.


From our sponsors:
The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Night 2)
May 4, 2017
Doors: 7 pm / Show: 8 pm | $35-80 | 21+

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
971 808 5094

Please note: Each performance will be a separate program, so that the whole album will be performed over two nights: Night One: Songs 1-25, Night Two: Songs 26-50

50 Song Memoir is the new album from songwriter Stephin Merritt’s beloved recording project, the Magnetic Fields. This personal album, containing fifty songs, one for each year of the artist’s life, is projected for a late 2016/early 2017 release on Nonesuch Records. The album commenced recording on Stephin Merritt’s fiftieth birthday, February 9, 2015.

To date, Merritt has written and recorded ten Magnetic Fields albums, including the popular and critically acclaimed album, 69 Love Songs. A song from that record, “The Book of Love,” has been covered by Peter Gabriel, and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films; notably, the Nairobi Chamber Orchestra performed it at an official state dinner in Kenya, before Presidents Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta delivered their toasts. Merritt has also composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. In 2014, Merritt composed songs and background music for the first musical episode of public radio’s This American Life. Stephin Merritt also releases albums under the band names the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.

Unlike Merritt’s previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction, a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis). There is one song per year for the fifty years since the songwriter’s birth in 1965. Musically, the sound ranges as widely and adventurously as possible, within the context of lyrics-driven music.

In concert, the music will be played and sung by seven performers in a stage set featuring fifty 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, traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last fifty years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer).

In describing his approach to writing 50 Song Memoir, Merritt states: “The first song, ‘Wonder Where I’m From,’ explains that I was conceived by barefoot beatniks on a houseboat in St Thomas, Virgin Islands; born in Yonkers, NY, but never lived there; learned to talk in Baden-Baden, in the former West Germany (then called the BRD, for Bundesrepublik Deutschland), and moved around constantly throughout my childhood, so that when someone asks me where I’m from, I have no short answer handy. The musical treatment shifts to reflect each locale, as exemplified by Alvin and the Chipmunks’ album Around the World with the Chipmunks.“

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32 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Night 2) @ Revolution Hall | One Song for Each Year of Stephin Merritt’s Life

  1. Zach April 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

    Witty comment

  2. ryan April 24, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

    dang, i wanna go

  3. Megan April 25, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    Because The Magnetic Fields is magnanimous.

  4. Jennifer April 25, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    I’m so excited they’re touring again! Would love to see them live; have been listening to them for over 15 years.

  5. Chris Johnson April 25, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Would love to see this show!

  6. Susie April 25, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    Dream date!

  7. luemma02 April 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

    Big fan of magnetic fields (:

  8. Megan Papis April 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    The Magnetic Fields have been a band that I’ve listened to since I was a young teen. They’ve helped me get through some tough times, and I’d love to see them in a time that I’m happy and in a place that I love <3

  9. Summer Olsson April 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    This rock and roll band reminds us of our mother.

  10. Madeline April 25, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Love the Magnetic Fields.

  11. Jessica April 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    This band is so magnetic. I am drawn to them!

  12. Sarah April 25, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

    I’ve never seen them before and I would love to!

  13. Rachelq April 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    Seeing these guys would make my high school self so jealous and excited. I’ve wanted to see them for years but never thought I’d be able to!

  14. panda April 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    Zelda the zebra would want me to go!

  15. catie April 25, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    that weird diseases song though

  16. Mia B. April 25, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    This is one of my all time favorite bands ever. I know every Magnetic Fields song ever written all by heart.

  17. Benjamin April 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    zoom zoom zoom is he sound of me coming after work.

  18. molli taylor April 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    whoa, what a unique event. i LOVE This! so cool!

  19. Gillian Monteiro April 27, 2017 at 12:13 am #

    The Magnetic Fields is a particular kind of sound. Have not encountered many people in my life who really know them. When my husband and I were dating back then, we found each other’s complete and wide range of musical knowledge exciting, still do. Like so much of our music tastes, we instantly bonded over The Magnetic Fields and the magical sound of unusual-ness that wrapped itself around whatever song they were playing and grabbed ahold of us. The Book of Love has now and will always remind me of him.

    I think it would be great (and I’ve said it before) if the two of us had this random opportunity to experience them together. It’d be a time, for sure. :)

  20. Gene April 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    Love me some 69 Love Songs!

  21. Cara April 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    Pick me puh-lease!

  22. Hannah April 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    I would die! I loved MF in high school and was the weird one for it (thank you obscure, redneck Kansas towns) they really were the soundtrack constantly running in my head. “All My Little Words” and “I think I Need a New Heart” have, and still do get me through some dark times. *Swoon*

  23. Sarah April 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    My boyfriend and I would love to go! We listened to the Magnetic Fields a lot together in college!

  24. bianka April 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    I love them!

  25. Tom P April 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    50 songs on al album? That’s a lot!

  26. Qing April 28, 2017 at 9:02 am #

    Yes yes yes yes yes to everything about this!

  27. Scott B April 28, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    What a great band.

  28. SaraG April 28, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    Long time fan of this cozy band and would love a chance to see them here!

  29. Sarah April 28, 2017 at 11:40 am #

    Would love to see this show!

  30. Anthony April 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    There are least 3 drunken facebook postings spread somewhere throughout my timeline history where I declare how insanely much I love the magnetic fields, so I definitely qualify for these tickets

  31. Gene B April 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

    Stephen Merritt told my niece to “f” off when she tried to console him at the bar of a London pub after a less-then-successful performance – I’d love to be able to tell her he has recovered, and is better than ever ;)

  32. Lena April 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    Love their music <3

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