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Release week fun with The Music Tapes!

"So, I like to read with a candle on my chest during the wintertime." Largehearted Boy has a list of Julian Koster's reading recommendations. "Unless you’re already a Music Tapes fan, chances are you haven’t experienced anything quite as exquisitely raw, effortlessly transportive, and charmingly distinct in a long time." Tiny Mix Tapes gave Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes a score of Eureka! You Ain't No Picasso featured videos of "Television Tell Us" and "Majesty" from the band's Athens PopFest appearance last weekend! Visit your local record store or order Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes from Merge Mail Order!   More >

The Rosebuds vs. Hood Internet

Hood Internet did a mashup/remix of The Rosebuds' "Get Up Get Out." The Rosebuds will perform at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC on August 29th with Superchunk to raise money for the Cy Rawls Benevolence Fund.   More >

Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band hit Amoeba!

CONOR OBERST is in stores this week, and the band is celebrating with a few special in-store performances! Below is a clip from the Amoeba San Francisco performance, thanks to Bamboo Nation. The band is appearing tonight on The Tonight Show, so set your DV-R! Future in-stores include: 08/08 Nashville, TN Grimey's at 6 PM CST 08/12 New York, NY Other Music at 1 PM EST (look for an Other Music in-store episode soon after this performance)   More >

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Andorra makes the Short List!

Caribou - Andorra was included on the 2008 Polaris Short List! We're very proud of Dan for making it this far and hope the album wins! Check out the other nominees HERE. Order Andorra HERE!   More >

The Making of Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band from Conor Oberst+Mystic Valley Band on Vimeo. Preorder Conor Oberst HERE!   More >

New Broken West Song!

A while back The Broken West covered Tegan & Sara's "Back In Your Head" -- last weekend, they all got together at Sled Island! Check The Broken West on Myspace for that track. Your first taste of Now or Heaven is right HERE! Click to listen to Perfect Games. Now or Heaven is out September 9!   More >

Ladybug Transistor Sugarhill Session

Want to learn something about the Ladybug Transistor? Want to hear some great Ladybug tunes? Who doesn't! Sugarhill (shout out to Houston!) did a studio session and interview with our favorite Brooklyn baritone and his merry band of .   More >

Spoon Daytrotter Session

Spoon visited the Daytrotter studios and recorded a few tracks, including a Paul Simon cover of "Peace Like a River"! The band still have a few more tour dates, so check them out!   More >

Ladybug Alert!

The nyctaper has just posted a recording of this past Saturday's Ladybug Transistor NYC Popfest performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Everyone would do well with a little more Ladybug in their lives. wilson   More >

She & Him on World Cafe

from npr.org World Cafe - June 11, 2008 Produced by the legendary Steve Lillywhite, She & Him inaugurates World Cafe's new Lillywhite Sessions series from Avatar Studios in New York City.   More >

Hot Pants

It's a bajillion degrees here in NC and you know what that means - the unveiling-of-pasty-legs season! John (web guy, pictured above) is modeling the latest in these-are-my-girlfriend's-mom's shorts and I think the no-socks ties it all together. -spott   More >

Diagramming Destroyer's Rubies

Graphic designer and Merge fan Jez Burrows created these handsome screenprinted posters dissecting Destroyer's Rubies as an exercise in exploring the word banausic. "I transcribed the entire album and produced an exhaustive collection of diagrams and analysis, including: every word contained in the album in order of how many times it appears; references; grammatical structure; and the overall distribution of lyrics and 'la's." This is not the first time we've seen Destroyer's lyrics have this effect on someone...they almost seem to demand deconstruction.   More >

Paper Magazine loves Wye Oak!

photo by Dan Monick for Paper Magazine Paper Magazine invited Wye Oak to NYC for a photo shoot celebrating their favorite duos, and also ran a feature about the Baltimore music scene on their website. Wye Oak "The number-one reaction to all attention that Baltimore has been getting is we just kind of shrug and laugh," Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak says.   More >

Undaunted

One of our favorite people and essential Merge cheerleader, Jennifer Daunt of Dauntless Promotion representing at the Non-commercial Radio convention in Philly   More >