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2009 Year End List: Mac McCaughan

XX Merge marathon touring & eating in Japan Bill Callahan - I Wish We Were An Eagle Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Amadou & Mariam - Welcome To Mali Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor Cass McCombs - Catacombs St Vincent - Actor Girls - Album Pains of Being Pure at Heart - s/t Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk Mountain Goats - The Life of the World To Come Wilco - Wilco (the Album) Leonard Cohen live at Coachella and in Durham, NC Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall Open Strings: Early Virtuoso Recordings, by Various  LP Box Set Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz! Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career Obits - I Blame You AC Newman - Get Guilty   More >

2009 Year End List: Jeremy Gara, Arcade Fire

Here are some of my favourite musics this year. Susanna and the Magical Orchestra - 3 Cryptacize - Mythomania El Perro Del Mar - Love is not Pop Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest Fever Ray - s/t Major Lazer - Guns Don't Kill People...   More >

2009 Year End List: Hampton Howerton, Merge intern

Get Up with the Get Down in 2009: The Black Keys: Blak Rock Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion Trampled by Turtles @ Pour House (show) The Heavy: The House That Dirt Built The Moderate: The Rest Is Up To You The Antlers: Hospice The Love Language: The Love Language Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Up from Below Lil’ Wayne: No Ceilings (mixtape) Dark Was The Night   More >

2009 Year End List: Julia Rydholm of The Ladybug Transistor & The Essex Green

2009 Favorites: Reissue: The Monks "Black Monk Time/The Early Years 1964-65" Short Film: "No Mas Presents: Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No" by James Blagden Singles: Atlas Sound "Walkabout" (featuring Noah Lennox) Camera Obscura "French Navy" Animal Collective "My Girls" Lionel Richie featuring Akon "Just Go" Television: "Mad Men" season three Live shows: Versus at the Knitting Factory, NYC Alasdair MacLean's solo set at Joe's Pub, NYC Linton from The Aislers Set and Henry's Dress performing at the Slumberland Records Anniversary show, Bell House, NYC And one for good luck: The Merge Records 20th Anniversary celebration, Chapel Hill, NC   More >

2009 Year End List: Charlotte Walton, Merge CFO

(in no particular order) Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Up From Below Rose Melberg - Homemade Ship Vetiver - Tight Knit Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter Cotton Jones - Paranoid Cocoon Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest Telekinesis - Telekinesis! Kings of Convenience - Declaration of Dependence Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - Through the Devil Softly   More >

2009 Year End List: Shout Out Louds

Enjoy christmas. Love SOL Campari & Juice Phoenix Curb Your Enthusiasm The XX Hip-Hop 2007 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas Valbelle The Economist Tokyo The Wire Arthur Russell Whitest Boy Alive Hazelwood Bar in Seattle Yo La Tengo If it's true Climbing the top of Helagsfjället Watch the video for "Walls" from Shout Out Louds' new record, Work, to be released in February.   More >

2009 Year End List: Wilson Fuller, Merge Digital Assets Manager

Favorite non-Merge 2009 records I can think of right now, in alphabetical order: Bowerbirds - Upper Air Circulatory SystemSignal Morning Cryptacize - Mythomania the Dutchess & the DukeSunrise / Sunset God Help the Girl s/t the Love Language's debut Madeline & the White Flag Band - White Flag Nesey Gallons - Eyes & Eyes & Eyes Ago Still Flyin' - Never Gonna Touch the Ground Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies - EP II   More >

2009 Year End List: Christina Rentz, Merge Publicist

This list excludes the 2009 Merge albums, because you already know they were the greatest! Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band The Love Language - s/t God Help the Girl Greece! - ferries, feral doggies, ancient ruins, beautiful beaches and lots of citron! Ground Control Showcase @ CMJ '09 - Surf City, Let's Wrestle, The Love Language, and Pete & the Pirates! The Generationals - Con Law Discovering Julia Child - My Life in France is essential reading. Mastering the perfect chicken & sausage gumbo Kronhaus creations & Christinapalooza - every girl deserves a red silk party dress and a big party if she has to get older! The Thermals - Now We Can See Rediscovering Paul McCartney's RAM Neko Case & Crooked Fingers at Meymandi Concert Hall (And Neko's fantastic new album, Middle Cyclone!) Last, but most importantly - XX Merge!  As if we needed more proof that Merge bands & fans are the best!   More >

2009 Year End List: Katie Janeway, Merge staff accountant

My Top Ten in 2009 (in no order): - Completing my first half marathon - Surviving XX Merge - Joining the Bowling League and getting my first turkey - Shoe Dazzle - The Secret History by Donna Tart - It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Escazu Chocolates especially the Sea Salt bar and the Goat’s Milk Bar -  Graduating from UNC - Traveling to Germany and Austria with one of my best buddies - Adopting the best dog ever, Nelson   More >

2009 Year End List: The Bank Robber Music Gang

Dirty Thai aka Bennie's Thai Cafe Taco Truck (Hoboken) Schnitzel Truck aka Schnitzel & Things Vegan Treats (Bethlehem, PA) Newman-O's Lisa's Granola (Hoboken) Stumptown Coffee (Hairbender Blend) senegalese chicken peanut soup (Hale & Hearty) Uncle Eddie's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies Adrienne's Pizza and Battlestar Galactica   More >

2009 Year End List: Robert Scott of The Clean

Tiny Vipers Live at Chicks Hotel Eugene Chadbourne Live at Chicks Hotel Darker than the Deepest Sea, Nick Drake Bio Haunted Love Darkness in Diamond City EP Buzzcocks Live in Christchurch Getting to play Roen Gothenburg and Barcelona. The Vulcan Railcar riding the Rails again in Otago The Patch Community Gardens in Port Chalmers The new Cycle way going from Dunedin to Port Chalmers Harmonia live 74 The Clean released their first new record since 2001, Mister Pop, this year! Order yours now in the Merge store.   More >

Telekinesis fueled by North Carolina on Spanish TV!

Michael Benjamin Lerner joined by Ivan Rosebuds on bass and BJ Burton from Raleigh's Flying Tiger Sound Studio on guitar performed on TV in Spain while touring Europe earlier this year. Watch the full set here!   More >

"Quest for Sleep" on this week!'s One Week Only features the Superchunk documentary about their 2001 tour, "Quest for Sleep," this week! Crowding Up Your Visual Field is available in the Merge Store now.   More >

2009 Year End List: Ivan Rosebuds

Some of Ivan Rosebuds top musical moments of the year 2009: 1.) When we played the Middle East Club in Boston this year I introduced our bass player Brad Cook (from Megafaun and Gayngs) to the crowd and they actually clapped for about five minutes straight without stopping.  They realized what they were all doing half way into it and just kept getting louder and louder and louder till the place basically erupted and we had to almost stop the show early 2.) Playing "Leaves Do Fall" every night with just Kelly Crisp on an accordion and me on an acoustic guitar throughout Europe this fall. 3.) Winning the Merge XX Festival 3 on 3 basketball tournament with Roy Bourne,  the man who wrote Nightshade, and Grayson Currin from Brome. 4.)Kelly coming up with a percussion part using car keys in the recording of "Second Bird of Paradise" at Flying Tiger Studio in our home town of Raleigh NC.  Then The Rosebuds playing that song live with the NC Youth Ballet  dancing onstage behind us. 5.) Walking into my hotel room over looking the river after our show in Ghanzhou China and seeing the city lit up like an episode of the 1983 not so hit TV series AUTOMAN. 6.)) Getting to sing on some of my favorite bands recordings: Singing on the Megafaun record in my basement Singing on the Bowerbirds record in my basement Singing on the new Gayngs record in Eau Claire 7.)The day I finally listened to what Kelly said, and realized that the Fever Ray record is brilliant and my favorite record of the year. 8.) Watching and Listening to 800 Germans sing along to "Nice Fox" in Berlin Germany 9.)The Mark Eitzel performance at Merge XX this year was amazing and beautiful.  It hit me just right and I was hiding my tears the whole time. 10.) Practicing for one hour before the show and playing the bass with Michael and Matthew in Telekinesis at Merge XX and actually pulling it off. 11.) Writing and recording the Christmas song "I Hear (Click Click Click)" for the Holly Raleigh Kidsmas Benefit Record this year. 12.) Hearing the words, "I want your body on me" come in when Brad was tracking the bass on the Gayngs Record in the studio. 13.) Getting a copy of the the Screen Vinyl Image Lp in the mail from my friend Jake in DC. 14.)  Driving back from the Wilmington NC alone and listening to the third Phoenix album in my car and hearing the song "North" come on and remembering how much I love that song. 15.) Performing our show at the small Woodwinds repair shop Marsh Woodwinds in Raleigh NC. 16.) Our Duke Gardens show with Rob Lackey, Wes Phillips and the horn section from Lost in the Tress. The Rosebuds will play two shows with Megafaun at The Pour House in Raleigh on January 8th and 9th.   More >

Jawbox talk to Magnet about Neutral Milk Hotel

Read what Jawbox has to say at Jeff Mangum has a new song available now on Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox, and you can get Neutral Milk Hotel's On Avery Island and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea on 180 gm vinyl now in the Merge store.   More >

Fred Armisen likes good music!

From Stereogum "Gummy Awards!" Lou Barlow's Goodnight Unknown available on CD, limited edition LP (with download coupon) and digital download in the Merge store.   More >