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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 MagnetMagazine.com. 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 >

Lou Barlow on KEXP!

Lou Barlow & the missingmen stopped by KEXP in Seattle last month! You can watch the set on YouTube, or listen at KEXP.org.   More >

2009 Year End List: Mark Eitzel of American Music Club

In no particular order: Scott Walker - The Drift Peter Broderick - Home Tim Fite - Fair Ain't Fair Samuel Barber - Songs Carletta Sue Kay - Live at the San Francisco Eagle Christopher Wheeldon - Within the Golden Hour - War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco CA The Wrestler - Movie Mahler: Symphony #5 In C Sharp Minor - 4.   More >

2009 Year End lists: Merge intern, Andrew Hamlet

Our 2009 Year End List series begins today with Merge intern, Andrew Hamlet! Songs: Winter 2009: “My Girls” Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion Spring 2009: “Meet Me in the Garden” Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – S/T Summer 2009: “Girlfriend” Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Fall 2009: “Walkabout” Atlas Sound feat.   More >

Blurt reviews Lambchop - Live at XX Merge

Even if you weren't there you come away from the viewing experience floored by the band's prowess, exhilarated by the collective joy that resulted, and more than a little transformed. -Blurt Buy Lambchop - Live at XX Merge in the Merge Store.   More >

Telekinesis on Daytrotter

Telekinesis stopped by Daytrotter on their last tour and the session is now online at Daytrotter.com! Don't forget Telekinesis! when compiling your top 10 releases of 2009!   More >

Lou Barlow on The Current!

Lou Barlow performed a set for The Current while he was in Minneapolis with Dinosaur Jr last week! You can now listen to the session online! Tracks: Sharing Too Much Freedom Take Advantage Goodnight Unknown is available on LP & CD in the Merge Store.   More >

Tweet to Win: Free tickets to Telekinesis at the Showbox in Seattle on 11/27!

Hey, Seattle! After the turkey coma wears off, go see Telekinesis and Lonely Forest play at the Showbox on Friday, November 27th! We are having a little contest on twitter for a pair of tickets to this show. If you will be in Seattle, all you have to do is tweet #TKinSeattle and a reason you are thankful for Telekinesis.   More >

Live Neutral Milk Hotel video!

Live footage from a 1998 Neutral Milk Hotel show at the Knitting Factory in NYC. Neutral Milk Hotel's On Avery Island and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea are available for the first time on 180 gm vinyl in the Merge store!   More >

Lou Barlow interviewed on CFRU in Guelph

Lou Barlow was recently interviewed on CFRU Guelph, ON! You can listen on Vish Kannah's website. Lou will also perform live tomorrow at 8:30am Central Time on KCMP The Current! For even more Lou, check out LooTube and Goodnight Unknown in the Merge Store.   More >

The Love Language FREE tomorrow night in Raleigh

The Love Language - "Chesapeake" from Mann's World on Vimeo. Freshly minted Merge band, The Love Language played to a beyond capacity crowd at the Troika Music Festival last weekend at the Broad Street Cafe.   More >