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RICHARD BUCKNER TOUR DIARY ("Incoherencies") - Entry #6

9/19 – Boston, MA Got up early to get my broken window replaced in Albany before leaving for Boston and an incoming storm. And Boston...Take a map, rip it up, throw it into the air: where it lands is the street layout of a town that overturns cars whether or not their team wins or loses.   More >

Roddy Bottum scores with Ted Danson

If you are looking for something amusing to watch on the boob tube this evening, tune into ABC at 9:30pm for the series premiere of Help Me Help You.   More >

Lambchop Lovin'

Lambchop is on tour, and as Martin pointed out in his blog post, it's just not to be missed! I gathered up some of the great press and radio happening around this tour.   More >


There's a great Camera Obscura feature up on Pitchfork today. Tracyanne Campbell chats with Brian Howe about touring in the U.S.   More >

More Buckner

Casey Burns did this poster for the Buckner/Bachmann show at Local 506 on Friday night.   More >


Thank you Touch and Go Records for a spectacular weekend! I had the great good fortune to travel to Chicago last weekend (September 8-10) and catch almost all of the Touch and Go Records 25th Anniversary celebration, hosted by The Hideout (at their Tenth anniversary block party) in a huge parking lot usually occupied by the City of Chicago's Garbage Trucks.   More >

SUPERCHUNK to Rock The Daily Show's 10 Yr Anniversary

That's right, you heard it here third (or fourth, or fifth) - the cat definitely escaped from the bag quite easily...bags are not what they used to be. But finally, straight from the source - IT'S OFFICIAL!!! - Superchunk will be rockin' NYC on November 16th for the Daily Show's 10th Anniversary concert at Irving Plaza.   More >

Flowers from The Brokedown

Hi Merge Folks! Enclosed are some special flowers that Ross' girlfriend's Uncle Stefan grows on a mountainside in Maui.   More >


Robert Pollard's new CD, Normal Happiness, is now streaming from the Merge homepage. Woo hoo! Release date is 10/10/06. Pre-order here. -martin   More >

Preorder Madness!

October 10th releases! Portastatic - Be Still Please Portastatic Bundle - Be Still Please w/ Who Loves the Sun The first 50 people who pre-order Be Still Please from will receive an 11 song CD of Be Still Please demos and outtakes autographed by Mac McCaughan! The first 25 pre-orders will ALSO receive a set of four Portastatic Be Still Please beer coasters! ALL pre-orders will include a Be Still Please poster! Also, check out the Portastatic online-only Sour Shores EP (more on the Portastatic Blog)! A fantastic way to bide your time until Be Still Please arrives... Robert Pollard - Normal Happiness Pollard Bundle - Normal Happiness w/ From a Compound Eye (CD & LP bundles!) Orders for Normal Happiness will include at absolutely NO ADDITIONAL COST (while supplies last): MOON - ROBERT POLLARD LIVE -A 15 track disc featuring Robert Pollard and the Ascended Masters (Tommy Keene, Jon Wurster, Jason Narducy & Dave Philips) live at the U.S.   More >


Superchunk and Tenement Halls played a show last Friday night at The Cat's Cradle to celebrate Orange County Social Club's 5 yr anniversary.   More >

All Hail The Broken West!!

It's always exciting welcoming a new member into the Merge family, and we are down right giddy about our latest signees The Broken West.   More >