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2008 Year End Lists: M. Ward

My favorite new songs of 2008 by artists that i hadn't heard before 2008: Becky Stark - "Ocean and Ground" Fleet Foxes - "White Winter Hymnal" T-Pain - "I Can't Believe It"   More >

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are a couple of Merge babies to send you off on your Thanksgiving holiday.   More >

Caribou donates Polaris money to charity

photo from Polaris awards ceremony Caribou Donates Polaris Prize Money to Charities 11/20/2008 By Brock Thiessen Exclaim.ca If there was any doubt Dan Snaith was an all-around nice guy, the man better known as Caribou is giving his $20,000 Polaris Prize money to charity.   More >

The Rosebuds LIVE on KEXP today, 11/20!!

Tune in to KEXP.ORG today, 11/20, at 4pm pacific to hear The Rosebuds LIVE on KEXP! The Rosebuds are currently rocking the west coast, so be sure to catch them! 11.20 Seattle WA Tractor Tavern 11.21 Anacortes WA The Department of Safety 11.22 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 11.24 San Francisco CA The Independent 11.25 Los Angeles CA The Echo 11.26 Tucson AZ Solar Culture Gallery 11.28 Denton TX Hailey's 11.29 Austin TX Mohawk 12.01 Atlanta GA The Earl 12.03 Raleigh NC The Pour House   More >

The Broken West retool on Daytrotter

The Broken West stopped by Daytrotter on their last tour to rework some of the songs on I Can't Go On, I'll Go On, and this fall's Now or Heaven. Give it a listen!   More >

Chazzy from Guv'ner Checks in!

Hallelujah Truly great things are afoot, what with the election of our new president on Tuesday, and more recently, the nationwide release of Role Models. First: Obama!! Tied for first: Role Models, a raunchy comedy with a sweet aftertaste (not official tagline).   More >

The Broken West Live on KEXP Today, 11/11!

The Broken West will stop by KEXP this afternoon for a live session! Tune in around 4pm pacific, 7 eastern, for the set and interview! Later tonight they're playing the Tractor Tavern in Seattle with the Heartless Bastards.   More >

New Music Tapes Video for "Majesty"

Directed by Beliah Gallons! There is one more chance to catch Julian Koster on the road this year! Check MergeRecords.com for The Music Tapes Caroling Tour beginning next week! These will be caroling events (not house concerts) and there will be no monetary recompense of anny kind asked for.  People who wish to make a donation to the Carolers Travel Fund via the Orbitinghumancircus.com website where all Caroling updates and information will be found.   More >

Richard Buckner Speaks

To all of you (you know who you are): There's a web site, richardbuckner.com, with a 'be-back-later' note.  Since there's nothing going on right now, it sits as a future dig, waiting for a body.  In the meantime, the iron chefs at Merge have been kind enough to set me up with a kitchen island to use as a rant-site until my cookies are baked.  We'll begin in grand O.C.D.   More >

Elephant 6 Concert & Julian Koster interview on NPR

NPR recorded the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour when it visited Chicago last week.  They also interviewed Julian, and took some amazing photos.  Listen, look and download at npr.com/music. Start your letter writing campaign for Julian and the Singing Saws to come caroling at your house next month, and order your copies of Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes and The Singing Saw at Christmastime. video of Jeff Mangum singing "Engine" from The Onion The Onion's review of the Chicago show.   More >

The Broken West on WFUV!

The Broken West visted WFUV in the Bronx while they were in New York for this year's CMJ events!  Watch a studio taping of "Gwen, Now and Then"!   More >

CMJ 2008

Portastatic @ Merge showcase photo from Metromix by Ryan Muir See lots more Merge showcase photos and mini-interviews at Metromix Reports, photos and videos are rolling in from CMJ 2008.   More >

Holiday Surprise Photoblogging!

Last Thursday, the Elephant 6 Collective stopped by to share their music, movie, and presents! The first stop: a fantastic all-ages in-store at CD Alley, followed later by the full Holiday Surprise performance at Local 506.   More >

Wye Oak on Daytrotter - 2 New Songs!

Check out the Wye Oak session on Daytrotter for two unreleased songs - "Mary is Mary" and "Remember, Above" from the band's visit to Daytrotter earlier this year. Tour Dates: 10.23 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ The Rosebuds, The Ladybug Transistor 10.25 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge MERGE CMJ SHOWCASE 12.04 Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage 12.05 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom   More >

Holiday Surprise Tour Starts Tonight!/Music Tapes Popfest

To honor the kick-off of the great Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour (which starts tonight at Ciné in Athens, GA) here is the the amazing Music Tapes set (mp3/flac) from this year's Athens Popfest, as recorded by the great Lance Stack.   More >

The Broken West vist KUT Today!

Tune in at 2pm Central time today, 10/1, to hear The Broken West live on Austin's KUT! The band is heading home for a few short weeks, but will hit the road again before you know it (aka November)! November 11/07 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland 11/08 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 11/10 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge 11/11 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern Now or Heaven is in stores now.   More >

See Pictures of Oakley Hall Live at Webster Hall

Oakley Hall played at Webster Hall with Calexico and Brooklyn Vegan has some great pictures (including the one above). See Oakley Hall live, and order a copy of I'll Follow You. 10/23 New York, NY @ 92nd St Y - w/Charlie Louvin 10/25 New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge - Merge CMJ showcase!   More >

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour Surprise Date!

Did you really expect the much-anticipated Holiday Surprise Tour not to have an Athens date? Georgians and non-Georgians alike can head down to Ciné on October 7th to catch the world premiere of the "Major Organ and the Adding Machine" short film by Joey Foreman and Eric Harris, followed by the Elephant 6 Orchestra's first presentation of the tour event of the Fall! Places in time and space: 10/07 Athens, GA @ Ciné 10/09 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 10/11 NYC, NY @ Knitting Factory 10/12 Boston, MA @ The Church 10/14 Portland, ME @ Space Gallery 10/15 New Haven, CT @ The Space 10/16 Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase 10/17 Rochester, NY @ the Bug Jar 10/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox 10/19 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center 10/20 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room - Crofoot 10/21 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 10/22 Bloomington, IN @ Cinemat 10/23 Lexington, KY @ University of Kentucky 10/15 NYC, NY @ Mercury Lounge (The Music Tapes only)   More >

Brian Wilson + Zooey Deschanel

From Myspace's Artist on Artist series: Brian Wilson & Zooey Deschanel chat with each other for a spell: I'm resisting the urge to go super-fanboy on this one, but it's pretty well-known that The Beach Boys are my favorite band of all-time (and That Lucky Old Sun is a damn good record, if we need more contemporary commentary).  I also, as it happens, enjoy the record Volume One by She & Him quite a bit!  Ergo, this interview is something that I, and those who feel similarly, would enjoy watching. wilson   More >