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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 >

Spot the Merge Artist!

While we're getting into the '09 swing of things, here's something to pass the time.  We always enjoy cameos from our artists in the videos of others.  Here's a few we've found recently: First off, via Optical Atlas, the amazing video for “Good Thing It’s a Ghost Town Around Here” from Still Flyin', with a cameo from noted zombie pizza delivery man/Ladybug Transistor frontman Gary Olson: Next up, a couple videos from Music Tape Nesey Gallons featuring appearances by lead Music Tape Julian Koster: "Aurora Borealis" "There Won't Be Any Crows" And if searching isn't your thing, here's a lovely video of Nesey and Julian playing at Ciné in Athens:   More >

The Rosebuds at KEXP - Podcast!

The Rosebuds visited KEXP on their last trip to Seattle, and now their sessions is available in MP3 form! Click here to listen to their entire set, or here to subscribe to the KEXP Live Performances podcast! The Rosebuds on tour   1.14   Baltimore MD USA Ottobar 1.15   Philadelphia PA USA Johnny Brenda's 1.16   New York NY USA The Bowery Ballroom 1.17   Boston MA USA The Middle East 1.23   Charlotte NC USA Visulite Theatre 1.24   Carrboro NC USA Cat's Cradle   More >

2008 Year End Lists - Merge Staff: Britt Cobb, Design staff

Radiohead- In Rainbows MGMT- Oracular Spectacular Lydia- Illuminate She & Him- Volume One The Raconteurs- Consolers of the Lonely Death Cab for Cutie- Narrow Stairs Weezer- Red Album My Morning Jacket- Evil Urges Anthony Green- Avalon Copeland- You Are My Sunshine   More >

2008 Year End Lists - Merge Staff: Mac McCaughan

Son, Ambulance - Someone Else's Deja Vu Fucked Up - Chemistry of Common Life Jay Reatard - Matador Singles Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! Santogold - Santogold Times New Viking - Rip It Off Nigeria Special -Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue No Age - Nouns Hot Chip - Made In the Dark Bob Dylan - Tell Tale Signs Jamie Lidell - Jim Orchestra Baobab - Made in Dakar Vampire Weekend - s/t Stereolab - Chemical Chords Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago Anthony Braxton - Complete Arista Recordings Surf City - Surf City EP   More >

Merge Elf Yourself

Created by Merge accountant, Sarah Saulnier. Featuring Spott, Jack, Laura, Christina & Lindsey.   More >

2008 Year End Lists: Matt Morseth, Mascot

In no particular order: Bon Iver - everything having to do with experiencing this magical guy all year.  Two words - Beard Love. Adventures with Broken West in multiple cities and physical states... Shearwater and geeking out with Andy about how Thor Harris rules the world with his drums. Music Tapes at CMJ - man, that bouncy ball on the snare drum.  Oh - and the album. Deerhunter Stars of the Lid at the Echoplex, LA.  A dream come true to finally see live.  Even gorgeous when I fell asleep! Rediscovering how much I love to cook every night. Walking to work every day. Building stuff out of wood Vitamins - i.e.   More >

2008 Year End Lists - Merge Staff: Charlotte Walton, Chief Financial Officer

Vetiver - Thing Of the Past She & Him - Volume One Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Sunday at Devil Dirt Crooked Fingers - Forfeit/Fortune David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today Al Green - Lay It Down Calexico - Carried To Dust Lightnin' Wells - Shake 'Em On Down Billy Bragg - Mr.   More >

2008 Year End Lists - Merge Staff: Christina Rentz, Publicist

This list excludes the obvious 2008 highlights of Merge albums, getting married, home ownership and President Obama! The Music Tapes at CMJ – Wow.  Julian Koster is an inspiration to boring adults everywhere! Twilight series – I know, I know – but unrequited Teenage vampire love is HOT! Secretly Canadian showcase at SXSW – Bon Iver, Black Mountain & Jens Lekman – awesome! Wye Oak at Local 506 (1/8/08) – Meeting Jenn and Andy for the first time over Carrburritos followed by being blown away by hearing If Children live for the first time! Brooklyn adventure with Dan Bejar – January 08 – whirlwind trip to the strangest photo shoot ever followed by wine and Carl Newman’s adorable doggy. Shout Out Louds at SXSW – They played so many times in a row, and never lost their energy and general adorableness. NPR Tour – Lindsey and I toured (and squealed) our way through the NPR studios courtesy of our friend Stephen at NPR.org/music.  A dream come true! Nik FreitasSun Down – sounds like Wings and The Jayhawks, and everything else I love! Crooked FingersForfeit / Fortune – Neko Case duet almost sent me over the edge! Portastatic at Duke Gardens – Mac dedicated Springsteen’s “Two Hearts” to my fiancé and I the week before our wedding.  Best wedding gift ever! Mad Men - despicable people, beautiful clothes and lipstick, and Don Draper, oh yes, Don Draper! Honorable Mentions:  Calexico, Puppy cam, Chateau Marmont & D Listed   More >

2008 Year End Lists - Merge Staff: Lindsey Kronmiller, Radio + Online

In no particular order: Jens Lekman at the Secretly Canadian showcase - SXSW '08 Adopting my precious kittens! Buying a fancy new sewing machine The Broken West - writing me in to "House of Lies" Late Nite extravaganza at the HiFi with special appearances by my favorite bloggers Athens PopFest and The Music Tapes! Conor Oberst at the Orange Peel - Asheville Twilight! Birth of my nephew She + Him on F'N MTV   More >

2008 Year End Lists - Merge Staff: Adam Jackson, Project Manager

I'm not ready to commit to my favorite recordings of 2008 yet, so here are some other favorites in no particular order: - Hearing the words "President-Elect Obama" for the first time. - American Music Club at the Carrboro Arts Center - CD Alley- Chapel Hill, NC - Tom Waits live in Knoxville, TN - Carrburritos is now open on Sundays - X at Cat's Cradle - Lloyd Cole at Carrboro Arts Center, including cover of M.   More >

The Clean on vinyl

Our friend, Ryan Catbird, alerted us to an extremely limited release of The Clean's Compilation on vinyl! Here's a helpful google link to search for stores, also courtesy of Catbirdseat and MBV.   More >

2008 Year End Lists - Merge Staff: Wilson Fuller, Digital Assets Manager

Music Events: Athens Popfest (particularly Fat Planet @ Little Kings, Roky Erickson, and all of Saturday night) Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour The Music Tapes Caroling Tour Arcade Fire/Superchunk NC for Obama Rallies The Magnetic Fields/Portastatic @ Meymandi Auditorium Non-Merge Music Albums: Nana GrizolLove It Love It Times New VikingRip It Off Hurray for the Riff Raff - It Don't Mean I Don't Love You 63 Crayons - Spoils for Survivors SpiritualizedSongs in A & E Brian WilsonThat Lucky Old Sun TransportationDaydreams (FINALLY)   More >

2008 Year End Lists: Julia Rydholm of The Essex Green & The Ladybug Transistor

Favorite Things of 2008.  As always, this list goes to 11. Lil Wayne's Blog (espn.com) Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill (LP) Vetiver Thing of the Past (LP) Sarah Haskins' Target Women (especially: yogurt and botox episodes) Crystal Stilts "The City In the Sea" (song from album Alight of Night) sorryimissedyourparty.com Horsefingers 3" Starf**ker (short film): http://www.horsefingers.com/ High Places "From Stardust to Sentience" (song from s/t album) 30 Rock 3rd Season Cocoa Tea "Barack Obama" (song from album Yes We Can) caUSE co-MOTION It's Time! singles and eps 2005—2008   More >

2008 Year End Lists: Britt Daniel of Spoon

Crooked Fingers "Forfeit / Fortune" The Heavenly States "Delayer" Jay Reatard "Matador Singles '08" Carbon/Silicon "The Last Post" Wolf Parade "At Mount Zoomer" Deerhunter "Microcastle" Q Tip "The Rennaisance" Coin Under Tongue "Coin Under Tongue" Earles & Jensen "Just Farr a Laugh, Vol.   More >

2008 Year End Lists: Volcano Suns

Book of the Year: "The Gingerbread Boy" by Paul Galdone...a precocious gingerbread boy escapes a fox and various other antagonists in this powerful tale that mirrors not only the realites of living in a gingerbread universe, but life itself... Album of the Year: "Masters of Realty" by Mussels in Butter... Film of the Year: "No Mayo, A.U.B."...a stunning documentary delving into the dark, fat laden world of the Belgian frite mafia...not for the squemish! Event of the Year: Beyonce changing her nomenclature to "Sasha Fierce"...   More >