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Portastatic's The Summer of the Shark to be released on vinyl November 4

On November 4, Portastatic’s The Summer of the Shark will be available for the first time on vinyl as part of the monthly series of reissues to mark the 25th anniversary of Merge Records.

Beginning with this album, Portastatic evolved from a lo-fi side project to become the main focus of Superchunk's Mac McCaughan throughout that band's long hiatus in the early ’00s.

Pre-order The Summer of the Shark now on white vinyl in the Merge store. Mac McCaughan is performing solo in New York on October 23 at Hifi Bar.

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Watch the new music video for "Lose Myself in Sound" by David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights

Today on PopMatters, American filmmaker and photographer Michael Galinsky premiered music videos for songs by each of The Clean co-founders Hamish Kilgour and David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights. The latter is a rapid-fire photographic essay set to "Lose Myself in Sound," a standout from their August-released End Times Undone

Galinsky called the Kilgour brothers, "wildly creative," and added, "when I listened to ‘Lose Myself in Sound’, I thought about a set of images I made one day in June while walking around midtown Manhattan.”

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Spider Bags announce new tour dates

Spider Bags just wrapped up the first leg of touring in support of their Merge debut Frozen Letter, and new dates are below!

Along the way, they visited WFMU for a live performance. Listen to the archive now. KEXP included "Back With You Again in the World" on their recent podcast. The All Songs Considered hosts also commented on the variety of great songs on Frozen Letter.

In addition to your favorite record store, you can find Frozen Letter in the Merge store, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, or Rdio.

photo credit: Jason Dixon

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Watch Hiss Golden Messenger's new video for 'Mahogany Dread"

Hiss Golden Messenger’s fifth studio album Lateness of Dancers is out now everywhere on Merge Records. In celebration of the U.K. release date, NME premiered the music video for single “Mahogany Dread” which they deemed “life-affirming.” See the band on tour now, and on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 21!

Order Lateness of Dancers now in the Merge store, on iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, or at your favorite independent record store.

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Caribou shares “Our Love” title track & Daphni mix

Following the rapturously received news of his forthcoming album (due October 7th via Merge), Caribou has revealed album title track “Our Love.”

Built around warm, bubbling beats and Dan Snaith’s distinctive vocal loops before taking a bass-heavy turn in the middle, you can listen to “Our Love”–both the album version & the Daphni remix–below.

Pre-order the album Our Love at iTunes or from the Merge store now.

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Hiss Golden Messenger's Lateness of Dancers out today!

Hiss Golden Messenger, the nom de plume of songwriter and singer M.C. Taylor, released his fifth album Lateness of Dancers today (September 15 worldwide). It’s an open, confident, immediate album, and it feels, at times, like a direct response to the darkness of Taylor’s last record, 2013’s Haw, or to the searching of 2010’s Bad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP he made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son. It was recorded outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, and features Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun, guitarist William Tyler, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man, and Taylor’s long-time recording partner Scott Hirsch.

This morning saw enthusiastic album reviews from Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard, and many others, as well as an in-depth feature on M.C. Taylor in The Washington Post. KEXP has posted a unique session recorded at Pickathon earlier this year.

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