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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

UndertheRadarMag.com 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 >

The Clean live from Matador 21!

The Clean played at Matador 21 in Vegas in October, and Pitchfork has video! Find "Anything Can Happen" on Anthology as well as The Clean's most recent album, Mister Pop in the Merge store.   More >

Merge and eMusic

As of tomorrow, November 18, the Merge catalog will be removed from eMusic. We at Merge are longtime fans of eMusic; it has for years been one of the premiere places to discover new and independent music, and their editorial is among the best around.  We are truly grateful for their coverage, and have enjoyed working with them for many years. Unfortunately, eMusic's unilateral changes in an effort to bring on the major labels has created a situation where it would be harmful to the interests of Merge and our artists to continue our partnership at this time. We encourage those who regularly purchase Merge titles from eMusic to head to your local independent record store, the Merge Digital Store, or one of our other digital music partners.   More >