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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 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 >

2010 Year End Lists: Dan Bejar, Destroyer

FROG EYES - PAUL'S TOMB: A TRIUMPH Wyatt, Atzmon & Stephen - For The Ghosts Within Bryan Ferry - Olympia David Sylvian - Sleepwalkers Kurt Vile - Square Shells EP The War on Drugs - Future Weather EP Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises Moonface - Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-drums Duffy and the Doubters - Scriptural Supplies Donovan Quinn and the 13th Month - Your Wicked Man The Clientele - Minotaur EP Defektors - The Bottom of the City Josephine Foster - Anda Jaleo Bill Fay - Still Some Light   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Kate Townsend, Ground Control Touring

My Top 11 Album's of 2010, in no particular order.  One to grow on.  What? Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest Let's Wrestle - In the Court of the Wrestling Let's Here We Go Magic - Pigeons The 1900s - Return of the Century Superchunk - Majesty Shredding The Love Language - Libraries Wild Nothing - Gemini Titus Andronicus - The Monitor The Vaselines - Sex With An X Teenage Fanclub - Shadows End of Year Highlights/Lagniappe The Saints winning the Superbowl Getting to go to SNL with host Jon Hamm and musical guest, Rihanna (She surprised me the most, she was amazing!) ATP NY at Kutshers (epic weekend AND the best live sound and lights I have ever experienced, PERIOD.) SXSW (duh) 5 years now at Ground Control Touring and my job is still fun! Best of all I get to hang out with my college friend, Christina Rentz and call it "work."   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Hampton Howerton, Merge intern

J Roddy Walston & The Business J Roddy Walston & The Business LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening The Love Language Libraries The Black Keys Brothers Futurebirds Hampton’s Lullaby Band of Skulls baby darling doll face honey Trampled by Turtles Palamino Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights Pardon Me Local Natives Gorilla Manor Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty Arcade Fire The Suburbs   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Richard Baluyut, Versus

Sebastian Blanck - Alibi Coast Corin Tucker Band - 1,000 Years Lower Dens - Twin-Hand Movement Cotton Candy - Top-notch & First-rate Violens - Amoral Sharon Van Etten - Epic Plus Minus - Pulled Punches Beach House - Teen Dream Superchunk - Majesty Shredding Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (I know, and I don't care!) Versus returned to the "active" column in 2010 with On the Ones and Threes and just announced new west coast tour dates in February!   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Tracey Thorn

here's a top 10 of tracks - Marina and the Diamonds - I am not a robot (DJ Hell remix) Clock Opera - Once and For All MGMT - Someone’s Missing Caribou - Odessa Kort - Incredibly Lonely Warpaint - Undertow James Blake - Limit to your love Gorillaz - Broken Flowers and Sea Creatures - Sonic Robyn - Call your girlfriend Tracey Thorn's Love and Its Opposite as well as the two digital-only EPs are available in the Merge store.   More >

She & Him perform "I Put a Spell on You" on Conan

She & Him’s cover of “I Put a Spell on You” along with a live version of “Lingering Still” from Volume Two recorded live at The Current in Minneapolis is available on iTunes, Amazon and the Merge digital store now.   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Jay Lowe, Warehouse Manager

Shows! The Swellers / Set Your Goals @ The Soapbox Me First and the Gimme Gimmes @ Cat's Cradle Public Enemy @ Hopscotch Fang Island @ The Local 506 Tera Melos @ Duke Coffeehouse A Wilhelm Scream @ The Local 506 The Love Language CD release party @ The Cat's Cradle Albums! Alkaline Trio - This Addiction Tera Melos - Patagonian Rats Fang Island - S/T The Love Language - Libraries The Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits Caribou - Swim Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More Brendan Kelly / Joe McMahon - Wasted Potential Superchunk - Majesty Shredding Other things! Thomas Charles Flynn's first birthday Seasonal beards Elliott and Maggie's wedding (love you guys) Tangerines and plums Death of Gossip Grows on Trees (love you guys too) Finding out that Tom Robbins exists The Iglecaster   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Joe Komenda, Merge Admin

Joe's Top Merge Moments of 2010: - Mistook John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats for the copier repairman. - Worked the merch table at Superchunk's tour kickoff. - Stayed up 36 hours to move the Merge Site to a faster web host. - Arcade Fire's #1 album, woo! - Hung out with Let's Wrestle at Local 506 and elsewhere. - After-work beers at the Pinhook with awesome co-workers.   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Ivan Howard, The Rosebuds

Ivan Rosebuds' Top 10 songs of 2010 10) "Lost in the World" - Kanye West This is the song where Kanye samples the Bon Iver song "Woods" and turned it into the single on his new My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy record.   More >

Details emerge about new album from the Mountain Goats!

Follow @mountain_goats on twitter as more information emerges about the forthcoming Merge debut from the Mountain Goats! Pitchfork has pieced together a few details, but there are more to come! The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle will perform a live score to a special screening of Mauritz Stiller’s 1919 silent film classic Sir Arne’s Treasure on Tuesday, December 14 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco as part of the San Francisco Film Society's ongoing project to present classic silent films with live scores performed by extraordinary contemporary musicians.   More >

KCRW premieres new Apex Manor song - "Teenage Blood"

KCRW chose Apex Manor as an "Artist You Should Know" and debuted a stream of "Teenage Blood" from The Year of Magical Drinking which is released on January 25. Download “Under the Gun” and pre-order The Year of Magical Drinking in the Merge store.   More >

2010 Year End Lists: Andrew Hamlet, Merge intern

Here are my top 10 albums/musical releases of 2010 in no particular order. Reptar - Houseboat Babies/Cannabis Canyon 7" (Make Records Not Bombs) Mississippi Fred McDowell - Come and Found You Gone (Devil Down Records) ArnHao/Holygrailers - Denmark ONE 7" (Denmark Records) Toro y Moi - Causers of This (Carpark Records) Caribou - Swim (Merge) It is Rain in my Face - Bread and Silver Water (Self Released) Beach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop) Four Tet - There is Love in You (Domino) Superchunk - Majesty Shredding (Merge) Big Boi - Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)   More >

Superchunk play The Current!

Superchunk stopped by The Current during their brief visit to the Twin Cities, and the session is now archived! Give it a listen at The Current. Set list: Learned to Surf Digging for Something Tie A Rope To The Back Of The Bus   More >

The Extra Lens talk to Under the Radar spoke with John Darnielle & Franklin Bruno aka The Extra Lens via conference call a while back, and you can read the interview now. NPR Music also declared "Only Existing Footage" their "Song of the Day" last week. Undercard is available on CD, LP and digital download in the Merge store.   More >

Superchunk covers John Cale for Mojo

Superchunk recently went back into the studio to record a cover of John Cale's "A Child's Christmas in Wales." The song comes with the Holiday issue of Mojo that's on sale tomorrow! Pick up a copy at your local book store or magazine stand! The Superchunk bundle including No Pocky for Kitty, On the Mouth, and Majesty Shredding is on sale in the Merge store now!   More >