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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 >

2008 Year End Lists: Shout Out Louds

Shout Out Louds Music, Events, Etc 2008 Sea And Cake, music Brasil, tour Vampire Weekend, music Shout Out Louds at Dingwalls, show Håkan Hellström, music Raymond Biesinger, illustrator Bon Iver, music Food from and in Italy.   More >

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 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 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 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,, 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 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 >