Five years ago, those of us lucky enough to be at Cat’s Cradle when Lambchop took the stage witnessed the performance that became Live at XX Merge, a concert film and album. We are now releasing this special album on clear vinyl with a full download of the audio and concert film for those who missed it or for those who want to relive the experience.
The limited-edition LP is available now for pre-order and will arrive in your mailbox on or around the September 9 release date. We will also have copies for sale at the Merge 25 merch table. (Note that pre-orders cannot be picked up at the festival.)
To help celebrate Merge’s 20th anniversary, the band showed up in one of its largest lineups ever—11 strong, including multiple guitars, keyboards, piano, and a horn section. While Lambchop performing live is always a powerful proposition, on this night they started quietly with “I Will Drive Slowly” from their first album (I Hope You’re Sitting Down) and accelerated from there, each song seemingly faster and more intensely played than the last, building to a furious finale of “Up With People” and an epic “Give It.” By the end of Lambchop’s set, everyone in the packed Cat’s Cradle—band and audience both—was levitating a few inches off the ground…
Lambchop will perform their recently reissued album Nixon on Wednesday night at Duke's Baldwin Auditorium to kick off the Merge 25 festival. They will also perform Nixon on July 31 at Chicago's Old Town School of Music.