Merge Festival dates announced & more details revealed for Or Thousands of Prizes

Merge Festival dates announced & more details revealed for Or Thousands of Prizes

This year, we are celebrating 25 years of Merge, and we are going to party this summer in a big way! Mark your calendars and start making plans now to join us in North Carolina July 23-26.

Remember, Don't Tell Laura!

And, don't wait, now is the time to subscribe to Or Thousands of Prizes, our limited-edition subscription-based, bonus-filled box set which will begin shipping soon! 

Throughout 2014, subscribers will receive twelve 7-inches (split singles, mostly) on colored vinyl featuring exclusive, newly released tracks from 25 Merge artists beginning with split 7-inches from Mikal Cronin / Superchunk and Mount Moriah / The Mountain Goats. As The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle revealed via Twitter that his offering is a cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Shot in the Dark."

In addition, subscribers will receive exclusive Or Thousands of Prizes bonus items and gear, including:
  • A collector’s box to show off and organize the 7-inch collection
  • An exclusive t-shirt commemorating 25 years of Merge Records
  • A “surprise” bonus 12-inch • A CD and digital download of all Or Thousands of Prizes tracks
  • An updated and newly issued e-book version of our visual discography, The Merge Records Companion

PLUS, all subscribers will have first access to tickets for special Merge anniversary events and be entered to win giveaways throughout 2014! 

Proceeds from the box set will be donated to Oxfam America, a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. They save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty, and campaign for social change. Learn more at

For more details and to subscribe now, visit the Merge store.