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The Magnetic Fields Wrote 50 More Songs For You, Because They Can

The new album by Stephin Merritt and the gang is called 50 Song Memoir. How's that for productivity?

The Magnetic Fields Wrote 50 More Songs For You, Because They Can

WHAT: 50 Song Memoir, a new record by the Magnetic Fields.

WHO: Stephin Merritt, mostly. He's the guy who previously brought you 69 Love Songs. If you've been in Brooklyn in the past decade, you've heard his music.

WHY WE CARE: For one thing, anybody this prolific deserves some props. Dude writes a normal album's worth of songs before you're done marmalade-ing your toast in the morning (not a euphemism). Oh, and he played some 100 instruments on this release, too. But beyond being hard-working, Merritt and his band can seriously find their way around a catchy tune and Costello-ian levels of lyrical creativity. Consider "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side," from Love Songs. More beautifully melancholic ballads await you on the new record.

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