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Telekinesis in stores & on tour!

Telekinesis! is in stores, and Michael and the band are on the road! Don't miss your chance to see them on tour, and check out their photos from the road featuring fun things like Fruity Pebbles, a Merge intern, and even a giant chicken on Michael's Flickr page!   More >

MBV + Merge: Superchunk

photo from MBV, Superchunk circa 1993 20 Years of Merge on MBV continues with Superchunk's "Slack Motherf*cker."   More >

Julian Koster and Uncle Harlan!

From Music Tapes mastermind, encourager of saws, and Neutral Milk Hotel member Julian Koster: "It's a recording of an old Yiddish/Gypsie song I made with my Uncle Harlan, as interpreted by the circuits and tubing of my Wire Recorder.   More >

The Rosebuds song featured in "Heroes" this week!

The Rosebuds remix by Fire Hazard of "I Better Run" was featured on "Heroes" this week! Check it out below. The Rosebuds - Sweet Beats, Troubled Sleep (remixes of Night of the Furies) is available from the Merge Store for FREE! Tour Dates: 04.02.2009 Knoxville, TN The Pilot Light Megafaun 04.03.2009 St.   More >

"Slowly (Oh So Slowly)" from Conor & MVB's OUTER SOUTH!

You can now stream "Slowly (Oh So Slowly)" from Outer South at ConorOberst.com! Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South is out on May 5, 2009! Preorder from Merge will be up shortly! Tour Dates: 04.09.2009 Omaha, NE Slowdown 04.10.2009 Denver, CO The Ogden Theater 04.11.2009 Aspen, CO Belly Up 04.12.2009 El Paso, TX Barnett Harley Davidson 04.13.2009 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater 04.14.2009 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater 04.15.2009 Pomona, CA The Glass House 04.17.2009 Indio, CA Coachella 06.18.2009 Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival   More >

Win an M. Ward poster on My Old Kentucky Blog!

This poster could be yours! Dodge at My Old Kentucky Blog is giving away this poster and a few others, all designed by Nate Duvall, today! Check My Old Kentucky Blog for details on how to win! M.   More >

The Broken West appearance on Rockville, CA

The Broken West appearance on Rockville, CA is now available at thewb.com.  They appeared in episode 3 entitled "Into Me." Watch live performances of "Perfect Games," and "Auctioneer" followed by an interview in the Green Room.   More >

Lambchop visits OPB music!

Kurt Wagner visited OPB Music in Portland while touring the northwest earlier this month! The session is now up, so take a minute and check it out here: OPBMusic Set list: Sweet Marie (Crooked Fingers cover) Slipped Dissolved and Loosed Please Rise I Threw It All Away   More >

MBV + Merge: Angels of Epistemology

Our friends at MBV Music continue their ongoing series celebrating 20 Years of Merge with a post today about Angels of Epistemology. In celebration, we have temporarily lowered the price on Fruit, a compilation of the complete recordings of Angels of Epistemology originally released in 1992.   More >

The Broken West visit Rockville, CA

The Broken West rocked out with "Major Deb" and "The Douche" at Rockville, CA! On March 17, you will be able to watch the first three episodes of this new online show produced by Josh Schwartz (Chuck, The OC, Gossip Girl).   More >

Breaking Upwards

Kyle Forester (Composer) composed scores for the short film "Apartments" by Brian Perkins, and, recently, "Horsefingers 3: Starf*cker" by Kirsten Kearse.   More >

MBV + Merge

Our friends at MBV are celebrating our birthday in an ongoing series.  The first post is all about Bricks.  They uncovered the video for "Girl with the Carrot Skin" and it is awesome!   More >

Best Show Gems

Every Tuesday night from 8-11 pm on WFMU, The Best Show on WFMU with host Tom Scharpling presents three hours of "mirth, music and mayhem."  Superchunk's Jon Wurster, Paul F.   More >

She & Him's Zooey Deschanel designs sunglasses

She & Him's Zooey Deschanel designed a collection of sunglasses for Oliver Peoples, and appears in a short film directed by Autumn de Wilde to promote her new line.  The movie features "I Was Made for You" from She & Him's Volume One. View the film at the Oliver Peoples website and check out She & Him's Volume One in the Merge store.   More >

The Music Tapes on Tour

The Music Tapes are currently on tour, and by all accounts, the shows are as magical as Julian planned! Don't miss your chance to see Julian, Static the Television and the whole gang! The Seattle Weekly ran a great interview with Julian about what he's got planned after the tour and the future of the Human Orbiting Tap Dancing Machine! Preview and order your copy of The Music Tapes' Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes in the Merge store. The Music Tapes on tour: 02.20.2009 Anacortes, WA Department of Safety 02.21.2009 Portland, OR Backspace 02.24.2009 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry 02.25.2009 Chicago, IL AV-aerie 02.26.2009 Ann Arbor, MI The B-side 02.27.2009 Toronto, ON Canada Lee's Palace 02.28.2009 Buffalo, NY Big Orbit's Soundlab 03.01.2009 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's 03.02.2009 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs 03.03.2009 Brooklyn, NY The Bellhouse 03.04.2009 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church - Basement 03.05.2009 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle 03.06.2009 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle 03.07.2009 Athens, GA 40 Watt   More >

The Broken West - Perfect Games video!

Directed by Neil Mahoney of Showfriendz.com The band is heading out on the road next week with the French Kicks! 02.23.2009 San Diego, CA Casbah w/ the French Kicks 02.24.2009 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour w/ the French Kicks 02.25.2009 San Francisco, CA The Independent w/ The French Kicks 02.27.2009 Portland, OR Doug Fir w/ the French Kicks, AA Bondy 02.28.2009 Seattle, WA Chop Suey w/ The French Kicks 03.11.2009 Denver, CO Hi-Dive w/ Blind Pilot 03.12.2009 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room w/ Blind Pilot 03.13.2009 Iowa City, IA The Picador w/ Blind Pilot 03.14.2009 Madison, WI Orpheum Stage Door w/ Blind Pilot 03.16.2009 Columbus, OH The Treehouse 03.17.2009 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's w/ AC Newman 03.18.2009 Washington, The Black Cat w/ AC Newman 03.19.2009 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle w/ AC Newman 03.20.2009 Atlanta, GA The Earl w/ AC Newman 03.21.2009 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge w/ AC Newman 03.22.2009 St.   More >

Me and Matty Pickles!?

Should you find yourself in West Hollywood in the next couple of days and happen upon Spoon front man Britt Daniel—he of the original hip bedhead, well-fitted shirt (pronounced “fi’ed”), and permanent expression of determined bemusement, like he gets a joke you won’t—he’ll most likely be coming to or from a recording studio. From Texas Monthly, click for full article.   More >

Volcano Suns reviews

Here are a couple of great reviews of the Volcano Suns reissues just released on January 27th.  Available for the first time on CD, get your copy of All-Night Lotus Party and The Bright Orange Years at the Merge store. Boston’s Volcano Suns, led by Mission of Burma drummer Peter Prescott, were a product of the diversity blossoming in and around hardcore punk in the early 80s.   More >

Richard Buckner tells us a Story!

Welcome. I’m pleased to announce a series of performance dates based on Merge’s digital releases of three of my earlier records, “Bloomed”, “The Hill” and “Impasse”. “Bloomed” was originally (erroneously?) released on an unnamable German label in 1994.  I was living in San Francisco at the time, having just moved out of a residential hotel and into the 1906 hilltop prefab that adorns the cover.  At the time, I was heading a band called “The Doubters”.  We were playing high profile events such as The Covered Wagon Saloon’s Musical Barstools, but weren’t making much headway.  We had been turned down consistently every year by SXSW, but I was somehow finagled in as an unannounced guest onto an already unofficial SXSW showcase created by Butch Hancock at his gallery in downtown Austin.  There, I met up with Lloyd Maines, who agreed to produce my first record.   More >

Julian, Laura & Andy share their first crushes!

In honor of Valentine's Day, eMusic asked some of their favorite indie rockers to share the story of their first crush. Superchunk's Laura Ballance, Wye Oak's Andy Stack, and The Music Tapes' Julian Koster all shared stories of past love. Read these and do Valentine's Day mixtape shopping for your own crushes at eMusic.com.   More >