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The Love Language perform live under a bridge at Wrightsville Beach!

The Love Language are on tour starting tomorrow night in Wilmington! Their Merge debut, Libraries, is available on CD, LP and digital download in the Merge store. The Love Language on tour: * = w/ Telekinesis Jan 14 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox Laundro-Lounge w/ Onward Soldiers Jan 15 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Jan 22 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger Feb 09 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery Feb 10 Ithaca, NY - Delilah's on Cayuga Feb 12 Madison, WI - Der Rathskeller Feb 14 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews Feb 16 Denver, CO - Hi Dive Feb 19 Seattle, WA - High Dive Feb 20 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge* Feb 23 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord w/ Versus & Telekinesis (Noise Pop Festival) Feb 24 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo* Feb 25 San Diego, CA – The Casbah* Feb 26 Tempe, AZ – The Sail Inn* Feb 28 Norman, OK – The Opolis* Mar 01 Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr* Mar 02 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St.   More >

New Telekinesis song premiere at NPR Music!

NPR All Songs Considered host Robin Hilton wrote: Telekinesis' self-titled debut was one of my favorite records of 2009, and I'm thrilled that the band is back this year with a glorious followup.  It's called 12 Desperate Straight Lines. It's not out until Feb.   More >

Jonny - Candyfloss

Directed by Ryan Owen Jonny, the debut album by Jonny (Norman Blake & Euros Childs), will be released via digital download on February 1 and on CD April 12.   More >

Destroyer - Kaputt

Directed by Dawn Garcia Pre-order Kaputt on CD and dbl-LP in the Merge store.   More >

She & Him tattoo!

We got this photo from Jen Hall of Brighton, England and had to share!   More >

The Music Tapes visit the AV Club's Holiday Undercover!

In case you missed this over the holidays, Julian & friends visited the round room at The Onion AV Club offices in Chicago and played "Let it Snow" and "'Zat You, Santa Claus?" Pretty awesome! The Music Tapes cover "Let It Snow"/"Zat You, Santa Claus?"   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Wilson Fuller, Digital Assets Manager

Ten non-Merge 2010 releases that I liked a lot, in alphabetical order Best Coast - Crazy for You Gigi - Maintenant Hurray for the Riff Raff - Young Blood Blues Jónsi - Go Lost in the Trees - All Alone in an Empty House (Anti- version) Miles Kurosky - The Desert of Shallow Effects Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid Neverever - Angelic Swells New Socks - Picture Story Friends Goodbye Sharon Van Etten - Epic   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Laura Ballance, Merge Records & Superchunk

my top 11 for 2010! hanging out with my band again Nishiki Market in Kyoto Pickled Green tomatoes Lard as a pie crust ingredient (no more than 1/3 of your fat) Sour Cherries Onigiri Furikake getting new glasses at Upchurch Optical Scratch Bakery pigs head tamales at the Pig in Chapel Hill my homemade ham   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Mac McCaughan, Merge Records & Superchunk

2010 Was A Year Many highlights in 2010: Superchunk completing a new album...Olympic hockey...recruiting our 6-yr old daughter & friends to sing on a Destroyer cover for a Portastatic EP....Felrath Hines at the Ackland...Specials at Coachella...the Primavera/Barcelona food/rock connection...seeing Arcade Fire & Spoon fill up MSG w/sound & people...Marina Abramovic at MOMA....Amy Sillman at Sikkema-Jenkins....Superchunk playing concerts, and more than a couple! i think they call it a tour? NYC, Philly, LA and Detroit, you were particularly out of hand, so thanks for that....my wife finished writing her awesome cookbook...The Record at the Nasher...celebrating Matador 21 w Matador nation in Vegas (incl Fucked Up covering Precision Auto w Scharpling!), i'm still tired....joined for onstage rock by illuminaries such as Todd Barry, John Darnielle, London May...GBV affirming life @ Cats Cradle....Rose Wylie paintings at Thomas Erben gallery.....see you in 2011! Listing time! Here's my non-Merge heavy listening (etc) list for 2010 NEW ALBUMS Parting Gifts - Strychnine Dandelion Sharon Van Etten - Epic Wild Nothing - Gemini Hot Chip - One Life Stand Best Coast - Crazy for You LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep Titus Andronicus - The Monitor New Pornographers - Together Four Tet - There Is Love In You Grinderman - Grinderman 2 Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now The National - High Violet Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record Ted Leo Rx - Brutalist Bricks Pantha Du Prince - Black Noise Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Rush To Relax REISSUES Syl Johnson - Complete Mythology (!!!) Bruce Springsteen - The Promise V/A - Afro-Beat Airways Orange Juice - Coals to Newcastle Bowie - Station to Station V/A - Nigeria Special Vol.   More >

2010 Year End Lists: BJ Burton, The Love Language

Favorite Albums of 2010: Birds of Avalon - "Birds of Avalon" Not sure if this has been released yet, but this record slays in just about every angle. War on Drugs - "Future Weather EP" Probably played this guy a dozen times on the drive from Austin to LA this year.   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Michael Benjamin Lerner, Telekinesis

SUPERCHUNK - MAJESTY SHREDDING BELL PLAINES - STRANGE SEASON THE LOVE LANGUAGE - LIBRARIES FIELD MUSIC - MEASURE TEENAGE FANCLUB - SHADOWS GAYNGS - RELAYTED RADIO DEPT. - CLINGING TO A SCHEME LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - THIS IS HAPPENING SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN - LET IT SWAY THE NATIONAL - HIGH VIOLET   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Charlotte Walton, CFO

Junip - "Fields" (Mute) Phosphorescent - "Here's To Taking It Easy" (Dead Oceans) She & Him - "Volume Two" (Merge) Beach House - "Teen Dream" (Sub Pop) Tired Pony - "The Places We Ran From" (Mom & Pop) Ferraby Lionheart - "Jack of Hearts" (Thirty One Tigers) Belle & Sebastian - "Write About Love" (Matador) Broken Bells - "Broken Bells" (Sony) Carolina Chocolate Drops - "Genuine Negro Jig" (Nonesuch) Azure Ray - "Drawing Down the Moon" (Saddle Creek)   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Lou Barlow

Here are my top ten music related events: 1.KXLU boosts their signal, now reaching my car and kitchen, free-form terrestrial radio! 2.   More >

2010 Year End Lists: James Cartwright, Production

Leslie and the Badgers "Roomful of Smoke" Bob Dylan's Witmark Demos Tommy Santee Klaws' "Rakes" Samantha Crain "You (Understood)" We Are Country Mice "Make Your Own Damn Fun" 7" Conor Oberst with the Felice Brothers at Pappy and Harriet's Roadhouse in the Joshua Tree Desert The Nelsonville Arts and Music Festival featuring Loretta Lynn, Nelsonville, Ohio Murder Ballads: Celebrating the Dark Side of Folk at The Echoplex, Los Angeles   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Ross Flournoy & Adam Vine, Apex Manor

Ross Flournoy's Year End list(s): Favorite Records Of 2010 (In No Particular Order) Ted Leo & the Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks Kenseth Thibideau Repetition Teenage Fanclub Shadows Radar Brothers The Illustrated Garden LCD Soundsystem  This Is Happening The Parting Gifts Strychnine Dandelions Le Switch The Rest Of Me Is Space Scott Claassen Indio Sun & Other American Ballads The Whigs In The Dark Robert Plant Band Of Joy Quasi American Gong Superchunk Majesty Shredding Old Records That Were New For Me (That I Fell In Love With) Johnny Jenkins Ton-Ton Macoute! Chuck Prophet Soap And Water Wreckless Eric Greatest Stiffs Los Lobos Colossal Head Raphael Saadiq The Way I See It Rocket From The Crypt Group Sounds The Magnetic Fields Holiday Adam Vine's Year End list: Saints vs.   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Zooey Deschanel, She & Him

favorite movies: kids are alright, catfish, and I have a good feeling about movies I have yet to see. favorite records: teenage fanclub and superchunk of course! favorite board game I played this year: scrabble and balderdash favorite cookbook: baked explorations and rose's heavenly cakes favorite baby panda: all of them favorite city to which I had never been until this year: Copenhagen favorite spelling of the word favorite: favourite ...   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Bank Robber Music

From BANK ROBBER MUSIC (TOP 10 Non-Musical Things): Pop Chips (original flavor only) Session Black Lager First Place Cash Prizes from Bravo "Modern Family" 3 G Service (oh we kid) Red Bulls Stadium Four Loko Fresh Direct Pen Pants Flipping Desks   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Jennifer Daunt, Non-Commercial Radio Ambassador

#1 Case and Marcella's birthday June 2nd, 2010 #2 Villagers - the CD we listened to on the way to the hospital #3 Beach House - the CD we listened to in labor #4 Laura Veirs - July Flame - the CD we listened to on the way home from the hospital #5 Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child - this book's 10 years old but it saved our sanity #6 Arcade Fire "The Suburbs" Sept 30th concert - riding bikes in the PDX autumn heat to the show of the year with our 15 year old niece who slyly introduced herself to Win backstage by bringing me a beer.  Oh and that record's good too. #7 Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate's "Ali and Toumani" - nightly used during baby bath time! #8 XMU - on all day all summer long during maternity leave #9 Kings of Convenience "Declaration of Dependence" - got me thru the first night of sleep training, otherwise known as 'crying it out' #10 Superchunk @ SxSW 2010 - my last hurrah before parenthood, my restoration of my faith in rock, and thank you Christina for that weird tequila drink!   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Adam Jackson, Retail Promotions

These are, in no particular order, some of the non-Merge records that come to mind when I think of my favorites of 2010: Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody - I Could Sleep for a Thousand Years (Second Motion): This was the only record I listened to in my car for an entire month this summer. Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep (Heavenly) Also check out: Falling & Laughing: The Restoration of Edwyn Collins by Grace Maxwell, Edwyn's wife's book about his near death experience & amazing recovery.   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Julia Rydholm, The Ladybug Transistor & The Essex Green

www.eatdavelove.com Radio Dept. “Clinging to a Scheme” Beach House “Teen Dream” Viktor Sjöberg “Breakfast in America” Superchunk show, Bowery Ballroom, Sept 2010, NYC Shout Out Louds “Work” Finally seeing Pavement live, “Way Out West” festival, Summer 2010 Wye Oak “I Hope You Die” (single) Shimmering Stars “It’s Just As Well” Mad Men Season 4   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Christina Rentz, Publicist

Superchunk's triumphant return to the "active" column - I was fortunate enough to follow Superchunk around a bit as they played two sold out shows in NYC, rocked Jimmy Fallon's face off, taught Vegas how to pogo, and shared a too-good-to-be-true bill with Telekinesis & Teenage Fanclub in Seattle.   More >