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Merge @ SXSW!

The bulk of the Merge staffers are heading to SXSW tomorrow! Sun, BBQ, and Merge bands at every turn! Spring Break, indeed! We will be checking in occasionally to post pictures and tales of the insanity that will inevitably ensue. All the action is below - come say hi if you are in Texas! 2 shows not on the postcard: Lambchop + The Tosca String Quartet @ Habana Calle 6 Annex (708 East 6th Street) on Thursday, March 15th at 9 pm! Oakley Hall @ The French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos Street) on Friday, March 16th at 6pm! Click to make larger!   More >

Camera Obscura Live In Mexico City

Live footage of "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" from Polyforum Siqueiros in Mexico City on Feb 10th, 2007. Check out that stage! -martin   More >

Arcade Fire on SNL

Intervention... Keep The Car Running... SNL Digital Short: Business Meeting... Jorm (SNL writer) dancing backstage to/for Arcade Fire...   More >

The Broken West Tour Diary: Entry # 2

Febuary 10th Government Camp, Oregon After the success of the last couple of shows, it's fair to say the mood was pensive in the van on the way up to Mt.   More >

Arcade Fire shows

The Arcade Fire shows at Judson Memorial Church in NYC started last night! Also, Arcade Fire announced their North American Tour yesterday! Less than a month until the release of Neon Bible! We are taking pre-orders now! Here are some little internet tidbits about the shows so far! Post more if you got'em! Idolator Best Week Ever Stereogum Brooklyn Vegan Perez Hilton (For you fellow Celebrity Gossip Mongers) Toronto Star Toronto Globe & Mail   More >

The Broken West on KEXP!

The Broken West made their radio airwaves debut on KEXP in NYC during CMJ in late 2006 and it went so well that they are stopping by again! This time, the band will visit the KEXP studios in Seattle at 4pm PST / 7pm EST this evening! You can listen live HERE! I will post the link to the archives when they are posted. The Broken West have also promised to provide us with a tour diary of their adventures on the road! We should have something for you on Monday!   More >

Arcade Fire cover "Guns of Brixton!"

NME Reports: Arcade Fire cover The Clash in London The Canadian band pay tribute to local punk legends Arcade Fire covered The Clash at the third of their week of London shows last night (January 31). The Canadian band, performing their final night at St Johns' Church in Westminster, started their set in similar fashion to the previous night by going into the middle of the crowd to perform acoustically.   More >

Behind the 'Stache

Who is this mysterious figure at the microphone? He somewhat resembles Ross from The Broken West, but we can't be sure because of the strange growth on his upper lip.   More >

Guest Bloggers: The Rosebuds!

We have been invited to go to Russia for a show in February. I wish I could read this in the original Russian, but here is a translation of an Aleksandr Pushkin poem called The Prophet. Tormented by spiritual thirst I dragged myself through a sombre desert.   More >


If, like me, you completely spaced and missed Portastatic's performance and interview with David Dye on yesterday's World Cafe broadcast, fear not...the internets are here to save you. Through the wonder of streaming audio technology and something called "archiving", one can now listen to Mac and the gang performing 4 songs in-studio, as well as an engaging conversation about Portastatic, Superchunk and Merge...the past, present and future of all three...and much much more. Very engaging stuff.   More >

MERGE - Best Of 2006 - The Lists (FINAL ENTRY)

LAURA BALLANCE (Merge Records/Superchunk) (*Pictured here with Julia Rydholm of the Essex Green & Ladybug Transistor) Well, normally I don't do these top ten things, and I wasn't going to this year either.   More >

THE BROKEN WEST - "Artist Of The Day" -

In advance of the Jan 23rd release of their debut CD, I Can't Go On, I'll Go On, Merge recording artists The Broken West have been selected as the Artist Of The Day on SPIN.COM. You can check out the feature HERE. And don't forget to Rate It on the drop down menu to the right of the page. The ratings are tallies and totalled to select Artist of the Week, Artist of The Month and eventually Artist of The Year. Vote early.   More >

MERGE - Best Of 2006 - The Lists (entry 14)

BILL BAREFOOT (Merge Records) The old man weighs in... My Top 13 Reissues for 2006 : The Clash - Singles Box Gram Parsons - The Complete Reprise Sessions Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend - Legacy Edition Pulp - His 'N' Hers, Different Class & Hardcore - Deluxe Editions Pretenders - Pretenders I & Pretenders II - Deluxe Editions Karen Dalton - In My Own Time Johnny Cash - Live At San Quentin - Legacy Edition CD/DVD Box David Byrne & Brian Eno - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts R.E.M. - And I Feel Fine-The Best Of The I.R.S.   More >

ACADE FIRE - NYC SHOWS (Feb 13th-17th)- SOLD OUT!!!

As anyone who was trying to get them knows by now, tickets went on sale for the upcoming ARCADE FIRE shows in NYC (Feb 13th-17th) this morning and promptly sold out in a MATTER OF MINUTES. For those lucky enough to get tickets, congratulations! For those not so lucky, do not depair - you will have plenty of other opportunities to see the band in the coming year, in venues with much larger capacities.   More >

MERGE - Best Of 2006 - The Lists (entry 9)

WILSON FULLER (Merge Mailorder/Dungeon Master) favorites: non-merge; alphabetical: Au Revoir Simone - Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Ballad Of The Broken Seas The Coup - Pick A Bigger Weapon Dirty On Purpose - Hallelujah Sirens The Exploding Hearts - Shattered Mew - And The Glass-handed Kites Mountain Goats - Babylon Springs EP Saturday Looks Good To Me - Sound on Sound The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine   More >

MERGE - Best Of 2006 - The Lists (entry 7)

JULIA RYDHOLM (Essex Green/Ladybug Transistor) Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat (and live in Sweden!) Kelley Stoltz - Below the Branches Yo La Tengo - I'm Not Afraid of You, And I Will Beat Your Ass Band of Horses - "The Funeral" (single) Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain Phoenix - "Long Distance Call" (single) Jackie DeShannon - Laurel Canyon (reissue) The Decemberists- 'O Valencia!' (single) Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood Justin Timberlake Da' Bears   More >

MERGE - Best Of 2006 - The Lists (entry 6)

TRACYANNE CAMPBELL (Camera Obscura) The Sleepy Jackson - Personality Midlake - The Trials Of Van Occupanther The Elected - Sun, Sun, Sun Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies Le Perro Del Mar - look It's El Perro Del Mar M Ward - Post-War Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood Cat Power - The Greatest The Tiny - Starring;Someone Like You The Concretes - In Colour CAREY LANDER (Camera Obscura) The Innocence Mission - Birds of My Neighbourhood M.   More >