Spider Bags just wrapped up the first leg of touring in support of their Merge debut Frozen Letter, and new dates are below!
Along the way, they visited WFMU for a live performance. Listen to the archive now. KEXP included "Back With You Again in the World" on their recent podcast. The All Songs Considered hosts also commented on the variety of great songs on Frozen Letter.
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Hiss Golden Messenger’s fifth studio album Lateness of Dancers is out now everywhere on Merge Records. In celebration of the U.K. release date, NME premiered the music video for single “Mahogany Dread” which they deemed “life-affirming.” See the band on tour now, and on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 21!More >
Following the rapturously received news of his forthcoming album (due October 7th via Merge), Caribou has revealed album title track “Our Love.”
Built around warm, bubbling beats and Dan Snaith’s distinctive vocal loops before taking a bass-heavy turn in the middle, you can listen to “Our Love”–both the album version & the Daphni remix–below.
Hiss Golden Messenger, the nom de plume of songwriter and singer M.C. Taylor, released his fifth album Lateness of Dancers today (September 15 worldwide). It’s an open, confident, immediate album, and it feels, at times, like a direct response to the darkness of Taylor’s last record, 2013’s Haw, or to the searching of 2010’s Bad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP he made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son. It was recorded outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, and features Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun, guitarist William Tyler, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man, and Taylor’s long-time recording partner Scott Hirsch.
This morning saw enthusiastic album reviews from Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard, and many others, as well as an in-depth feature on M.C. Taylor in The Washington Post. KEXP has posted a unique session recorded at Pickathon earlier this year.
Bob Mould has unveiled a new video for "The War" off his critically-lauded album Beauty & Ruin. The video, which captures the sweaty, rollicking shows Bob and his band are known to put on, as well as other aspects of touring life, is directed by Dave Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke). Stay tuned until the grand finale, when a special guest makes a sly appearance. Join Bob and his bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster on tour in "The War."
Mac McCaughan recently stopped by Marc Maron's garage to talk about high school band names, punk shows in churches, Superchunk, Merge Records, and much more on the latest episode of WTF with Marc Maron. Stream, download, and share it here, or subscribe to WTF on iTunes. To those of you who shop in the Merge store, pay close attention for a special bonus!More >
We aren't the only ones celebrating a big anniversary this year! Hopscotch Festival celebrates 5 years this week and they've enlisted many Merge artists to help them party. The schedule is below, along with our annual listening party hosted by our friends at Foundation on Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm.
Thursday Sept 4
4-6pm - Merge Records listening party @ Foundation
11:00pm - Saint Rich @ Tir Na Nog
12:30am - Reigning Sound @ Pour House
Friday Sept 5
12:30pm - Jenks Miller (of Mount Moriah) and Rose Cross NC @ Kings (Three-Lobed/WXDU Day Party)
4:00pm - Pipe @ Slim's (outside) (Chuchkey/Layabout/BCBB Day Party)
4:45pm - Spider Bags @ Slim's (inside) (Chuchkey/Layabout/BCBB Day Party)
11:30pm - Flesh Wounds @ Slim's
Saturday Sept 6
3:00pm - Flesh Wounds @ Kings (Orange County Social Club Day Party)
4:00pm - Ex Hex @ Warehouse District (Shindigs Babes in Boyland)