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Stephin Merritt Plays Beck, With A Toy Piano

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Published on Dec 18, 2012

Watch: The Magnetic Fields frontman records his take on "Old Shanghai" from Beck's 'Song Reader' project: http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/blogs/soun...

The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt arrived in the Soundcheck studio to record a song from Beck's sheet music album 'Song Reader' with a tinier-than-normal toy piano which he stacked on top of a tambourine, which was on top of a pen that made it even more rickety and off-kilter when he banged out the simple triads. On top of that, he also placed a metal wind-up bird.

The result is an equally eerie and playful interpretation of "Old Shanghai" from Beck's 'Song Reader' project.

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