Find the “rock” version of “Crossed Wires” on Majesty Shredding which is available now on CD, LP and digital download in the Merge store.
Versus released their new album, On the Ones and Threes last week and are playing their CD release show in Brooklyn at Rock Shop on Thursday night. To celebrate, we searched our video vaults for this performance from XX Merge of “Scientists.”
photo by PJ Sykes
Versus on tour:
8/12 Brooklyn, NY Rock Shop CD release show w/ True Love Always
8/13 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace w/ Polvo
8/14 Montreal, QC Cabaret Juste Pour Rire w/ Polvo
9/21 Boston, MA Royale w/ Superchunk
9/22 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre w/ Superchunk & Jenny and Johnny
To help celebrate Merge’s 20th Anniversary, Lambchop showed up in one of their largest lineups in recent memory — 11-strong, including multiple guitars, keyboards, piano, and a horn section. Lambchop performing live is always a powerful proposition, but on this night they started quietly with “I Will Drive Slowly” from their first album (I Hope You’re Sitting Down) and accelerated from there, each song seemingly faster and more intensely played than the last, building to a furious finale of “Up With People” and an epic “Give It.” By the end of their set, everyone in the packed Cat’s Cradle – band and audience both – was levitating a few inches off the ground.
Join the 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson St.) in New York City on Wednesday, March 31 for a special screening of the concert film, with a Q&A moderated by Anna Thorngate, an assistant editor at the Criterion Collection. The concert film will be preceded by Buttons, a 7 minute short film featuring Kurt Wagner playing a song at Friendly Barber Shop in Carrboro, NC.
Even if you weren’t there you come away from the viewing experience floored by the band’s prowess, exhilarated by the collective joy that resulted, and more than a little transformed.
Treat yourself and the other music lovers on your list to specially priced Merge goodies this holiday season in the Merge Holiday Shop! Vinyl bundles, specially priced t-shirts, XX Merge merch, books, CDs and more!
Also, to keep your hearts feeling warm and Merge-y as our 20th anniversary year draws to a close, please give the gift of a limited-edition SCORE! compilation or The Merge Records Companion to your loved one (or yourself) to benefit a group of worthy charities.
SCORE! The Covers!, SCORE! The Remixes!, and The Merge Records Companion are available in extremely limited quantities, so visit the Merge store now and order them at special holiday sale prices! All proceeds will benefit charities chosen by the SCORE! curators.
XX Merge is over, but thanks to our friends at Converse and Babelgum, we can watch some great moments from the festival as well as bonus shows from Merge bands on demand!
Visit Babelgum’s XX Merge page for live performance and interview footage from the festival. Converse has stripped down performances of six Merge bands taken around Carrboro and Chapel Hill during XX Merge.
We still have XX Merge posters, t-shirts and tote bags available in the Merge store to further help commemorate the occasion. And, if you want to know the whole story of how Merge began pick up a copy of Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records in the Merge store and wherever books are sold.
Thanks to everyone whose attendance helped make XX Merge so much fun and to all who have supported Merge bands through the years!
The Rosebuds performance completes the six week series at Converse.com showcasing Merge bands performing stripped-down sets somewhat spontaneously in various locations during the festival. Visit the XX Merge section of Converse.com for videos from Superchunk, The Clientele, Telekinesis, Lou Barlow, Wye Oak, and The Rosebuds.
Visit Converse.com to watch the complete series, and don’t forget to check out the Merge channel at Babelgum for live footage from the XX Merge 20th anniversary shows held July 22-26th at the Cat’s Cradle and Memorial Hall.
The Wye Oak video joins an ongoing series at Converse.com showcasing six Merge bands performing stripped-down sets somewhat spontaneously in various locations during the festival. Visit the XX Merge section of Converse.com for videos from Superchunk, The Clientele, Telekinesis, Lou Barlow, and now Wye Oak.
Check back next week for the next clip in this series of unique sessions courtesy of Converse.com. And don’t forget to check out the Merge channel at Babelgum for live footage from the XX Merge shows held July 22-26th at the Cat’s Cradle and Memorial Hall.
Today, Babelgum unveiled a special XX Merge channel featuring ten videos of live footage and interviews from our 20th anniversary festival held in July. See many of our favorite moments from Destroyer, Polvo, She & Him, Spoon, Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band and more!
Don’t forget about the special stripped-down performances available at Converse.com, too!
The Clientele video is the second in a series showcasing six Merge bands performing stripped-down sets somewhat spontaneously in various locations during the festival. Superchunk kicked off the series with one of their new songs, “Crossed Wires.”
Check back next week for the next clip in this series of unique sessions courtesy of Converse.com.
Visit the XX Merge page for a selection of photos that capture some of our favorite moments from our 20th anniversary festival!