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The Rosebuds on Daytrotter!

Words by Sean Moeller: The Rosebuds have a brilliant way of taking us out into the tobacco fields, feeling the drying of the leaves and the crumbly, dusty as a drought would have them be gravel roads and then get us to hear things, to think that some sneaky evil forces were at work and moving in on us, way out here in the middle of nowhere.   More >

Help Haiti

From ArcadeFire.com: Friends, Haiti needs your help in her darkest hour. We just got off the phone with our friends at Partners in Health. Most of the medical infrastructure in Port-au-Prince is down.   More >

Polvo's Dave Brylawski writes for Impose Magazine

Through the tinted windows of the bus, I could imagine that I was staring out through snow fields instead of the infinite desert. I was ill-prepared to endure the August heat, which was upwards of 115 degrees.   More >

2009 Year End List: Wye Oak

Top ten music-related things of 2009: 1) Bill Callahan- Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle - Probably listened to this album once a day for the entirety of 2009. 2) Lambchop at XX Merge - You'll find us in the front row, grinning and gawking.   More >

2009 Year End List: Dan Bejar, Destroyer

Blackout BeachSkin Of Evil PlushBright Penny Bill CallahanSometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle Cass McCombs - Catacombs Kurt VileGod Is Saying This To You The ClienteleBonfires On The Heath CalifoneAll My Friends Are Funeral Singers David Sylvian - Manafan Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country Sunset RubdownIdiot Heart Pink MountaintopsOutside Love AC NewmanGet Guilty Colossal YesCharlemagne’s Big Thaw Steamboat - EP Soft Abuse Recordings - Still the label to beat…Steal bands from them, if you’re not already doing so… Some of you must be… Nominal Records - This label is also really good…   More >

2009 Year End List: Laura Ballance

David Chang and Peter Meehan's Momofuku book The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating - Fergus Henderson: so funny.... Jonathan Lethem: Motherless Brooklyn (I finally read it, it has renewed my fascination with Tourette's) Gourmet Magazine R.I.P., long live Saveur Bill Buford's Heat Hillary Jordan's Mudbound (almost as devastating as....   More >

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 >