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Twerps sign to Merge and release Underlay EP

We are delighted to welcome Australia's Twerps to Merge. In celebration of this occasion, we are releasing Underlay, an all-new digital EP of Twerps songs written, recorded and designed by the band earlier this summer.

Listen & share the Underlay digital EP via Soundcloud now for the next week, and get excited about Twerps' new full-length album coming in early 2015. Get Underlay at iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Google Play, or in the Merge store now.

Upon signing to Merge, Marty from Twerps said, "'Great minds think alike' that is straight up why we have decided to release records with Merge. Along with having a bad ass catalogue they also are musicians, and know how musicians think. They are lovely, talented and awesome. Thanks Merge. We love ya xx"

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Caribou shares “Our Love” title track

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” below. “Our Love” will be available at midnight tonight via iTunes. Pre-order the album Our Love at iTunes or from the Merge store now.
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Wye Oak plays live on KEXP, WTMD,and XM's The Loft

Wye Oak recently stopped by the Triple Door in Seattle to perform for KEXP VIPs, including Shriek favorite "Logic of Color." Check out the full set below, and find more Wye Oak videos on the KEXP blog. Towson's WTMD also hosted the band for a special listener event last month! Check it out below.

Wye Oak will also be featured on XM The Loft next week! A very special session with the band will air August 25 at Noon Eastern / 9am Pacific. Encore performances will also air Wednesday at 5pm Eastern, Friday at 11pm, Saturday at Noon and Sunday at Midnight.  It’ll also be available on demand for all Sirius subscribers.

Shriek is available in the Merge shop & at all independent record stores now.
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Watch Bob Mould's Tiny Desk Concert on NPR, or listen to his interview on WTF with Marc Maron!

Earlier in the year, Bob Mould stopped by NPR's infamous tiny desk to play solo versions of songs from June's Beauty & Ruin as well as one Hüsker Dü deep-cut. Watch the Tiny Desk Concert today on NPR.

Mould was also interviewed for an episode of WTF with Marc Maron, discussing Beauty & Ruin, writing for pro-wrestling, composing The Daily Show theme, and so much more. Check out the episode on WTF's website or subscribe to WTF on iTunes.
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Listen to “Beast” from Ex Hex Rips now at Pitchfork

“Beast” is the newest Ex Hex track to be let out into the wild! Give it a spin on Pitchfork or below.



Rips is the debut album from Mary Timony, Laura Harris, and Betsy Wright. They are a power trio hailing from Washington, DC, making the music you’ve been waiting for. Drums, bass, guitar, P90s, searing leads—this is unapologetic rock ’n’ roll spat out in the discipline’s mother tongue.

“Don’t Wanna Lose,” the first single from Rips, was deemed “a fun-as-hell supercharged take on Ramones punk and Cheap Trick power-pop, direct and catchy beyond belief” by Stereogum, and Consequence of Sound wrote, “While the song’s reminiscent of Wild Flag’s rollicking material, it simultaneously holds its own as a sizzling and energetic little rocker.”
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Noisey debuts new David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights music video for "Some Things You Don't Get Back"

"Some Things You Don't Get Back", the raucous closer to David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights' End Times Undone, has been given the music video treatment: watch & share via Noisey now. Speaking from California after his west coast tour dates with the band, David Kilgour had this to say about the video:

It's two performances to the track, with the two versions visually transposed over each other, shot by Thomas Bell and edited by Stuart Page who did the "Comin' On" video too...we shot in a bar called Chicks where we recorded most of End Times Undone....the bar is close to Dunedin at a place called Port Chalmers......cheap as chops!
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Stream End Times Undone by David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights, west coast dates start Wednesday

Wondering Sound is exclusively streaming David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights' new album End Times Undone a week ahead of its August 5 release. Stream & share End Times Undone now. Wondering Sound says, "The resulting record is Kilgour’s best since his 1991 masterpiece Here Come the Cars, a collection of sparkling guitar-pop built around Kilgour’s graceful, effortless vocal melodies."   More >

Listen to Spider Bags' Frozen Letter & watch a new live video!

Spider Bags' Merge debut Frozen Letter will be in stores next week, but the full album is now streaming at NPR Music.

In their description of the album, NPR writes:
What's made Spider Bags such a worthwhile band to follow, aside from peeling back scalps with blistering fuzz when they want to, is McGee's preternatural understanding of his niche. He writes songs that reach back to the canon but retain more personality than almost any in the garage spectrum, solely on his words and riffs, and he lands both with a lot of comfort and a little abrasion.

Visit NPR Music now to stream Frozen Letter and pre-order the album now on CD or LP in the Merge store.
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Merge 25: A Heartfelt Thanks!

We cannot thank you enough for attending Merge 25 last week to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary. To us, it felt like a big family gathering. Telekinesis backed Eleanor Friedberger on “Roosevelt Island.” Performances from Vertical Scratchers and The Mountain Goats included covers of The Magnetic Fields and American Music Club, respectively. Mikal Cronin invited Christian Peslak from Saint Rich onstage to sing “Am I Wrong.” Many of our artists extended their stays in order to catch up with their labelmates. The crowd was filled with attentive and appreciative people. These are all good things, and we are so grateful.

A reminder that our final Merge 25 concert event takes place this Wednesday, July 30, with Stephin Merritt and Mark Eitzel at Duke University’s beautiful Baldwin Auditorium, co-presented with Duke Performances. Purchase your ticket here. We hope you'll join us for these special performances.
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Watch Reigning Sound's music video for "Never Coming Home" on Noisey

In conjunction with a thorough interview, Noisey has premiered Reigning Sound's first music video from Shattered, "Never Coming Home". It beautifully captures the band during their run of West Coast dates earlier in July.

Director Jonny Look on the video:
Reigning Sound, and Greg Cartwright in general, has been touring for years. That’s sustainable because Cartwright brings a ferocity that instantly connects with his audience—his live shows are incredible. I wanted to capture that, as well as the never-ending cycle of tour that continues on and on and eventually cannot be held down to a certain place and time. His music is out of time; there’s a nostalgia to it, even when it’s contemporary. In creating this video, my goal was to harmonize his energy and style into a piece created from footage filmed just a few weeks ago, but that would be indistinguishable from a performance that took place 10 years ago. The time is different, but the pieces are the same.
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Lambchop's Live at XX Merge now on vinyl

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.)

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Hiss Golden Messenger premieres solo performance of "Lucia" on T Magazine

This morning, the New York Times’ T Magazine premiered a live performance video for “Lucia,” the first song from the forthcoming Hiss Golden Messenger album, Lateness of Dancers. The video, filmed in Cornwall, England, was directed by video collective Before the Winter Fires, who captured a solo performance by Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor on 16mm film using a Beaulieu R16 camera. Check it out now!

The directors had this to say about the video:
For the past few years, we've been searching for authentic ways to capture folk and Americana performances to mirror that timeless quality within the music. Shooting on film—a beautiful medium rapidly dying out due to the rise of digital HD cameras—was something we’ve always wanted to explore. We approached Hiss Golden Messenger with the idea of shooting our first 16mm test, and Mike was really into the idea. We knew his music would work so well with the colors, grain, and raw imperfections that can only be captured on film. With just a couple of rolls per song, he had only two shots at nailing it, which creates this natural intensity on camera. We were really pleased to work with HGM and think the results turned out great.
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Caribou reveals extended mix of "Can't Do Without You." Available now!

Following the rapturously received news of Caribou’s forthcoming album Our Love (due October 7 on Merge), Dan Snaith has revealed an extended DJ-friendly mix of “Can’t Do Without You,” the song that accompanied Caribou’s triumphant return to the fore last month. The extended version is available now from all digital services and as a limited-edition 12-inch via Snaith’s own label JIAOLONG. Download the track at iTunes or stream it at Spotify now.

Having racked up over a million plays on Soundcloud alone in little over a month, the original track also accompanied news that Caribou will be returning to the US in November.



Our Love is due out on October 7 and features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans and Matthew Cooper. Pre-order the album on LP or CD in the Merge store and digitally at iTunes.
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Bob Mould European tour dates announced

Bob Mould has announced European tour dates kicking off in Berlin on November 6. The ten dates are in support of his recent album Beauty & Ruin.

Described as "a compact epic," Beauty & Ruin packs a staggering lifetime's worth of emotion and experience into a 36-minute package. As with 2012's Silver Age tour Bob will be joined in Europe by his stalwart band of bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster.

Judging by the love Bob Mould has seen in the papers overseas (as well as stateside!), we strongly suggest getting tickets tout de suite. A full list of dates (including the aforementioned appearance at Merge 25 and North American fall tour) are below. 

“Alternative rock belongs to Bob Mould” NME

 “What happens next could be incredible” – Uncut

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Stream Reigning Sound's Shattered this week on Grantland, more fall dates announced

Shattered, Reigning Sound’s first album for Merge and the first full-length release by the group since 2009’s Love and Curses, is in stores July 15 but can be streamed in its entirety now on Grantland. Accompanying the stream is an interview feature on Greg Cartwright and the band.

Of Shattered, Grantland writes:
"Instead of the loose, hard-charging, and guitar-centric rock of Reigning Sound’s previous records, on Shattered Cartwright has moved toward the seductive strings and tinkling keyboards of prime early-’70s soul. (It’s no surprise that Shattered was recorded at the Brooklyn studio of Daptone Records, the indie label known for traditionalist soul’s current queen, Sharon Jones, and birthing Back to Black.)"
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Merge Records partners with Google Play for label documentary & exclusive songs

Today, Google Play premiered a new documentary in the US about Merge Records. In candid, amusing interviews, Mac, Laura, Merge musicians, and friends of the label talk about its evolution and unwavering focus on its artists. Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket series of books (and sometime member of The Magnetic Fields), narrates the documentary. 

Also, music fans in the US are invited to download 25 free Merge tracks, including five new and exclusive recordings from Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Telekinesis, Saint Rich, and Hiss Golden Messenger.

Visit Google Play now to watch the documentary and download the tracks (US only).
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Hospitality debuts video for "I Miss Your Bones" via NPR Music

According to NPR Music, Hospitality's "I Miss Your Bones" is, "easily one of the catchiest songs of the year". We concur. Today, the song's tutorial-happy braid-heavy music video was debuted; watch it, share it, love it now!

Director Lara Gallagher on the video:
When I first heard the song, I was struck by how specific it was—missing someone's BONES. Not their hair or their smell or how much fun they are to be around, but their bones. Beyond my initial brainstorms involving dancing old ladies and milk, I thought about my favorite age group (girls in junior high) and just how weird and specific obsession at this age can be. It also got me thinking about how intangible and digital things have become, and how you can miss someone even if you technically can see them all the time. In this scenario, I think missing someone's bones—the things that make them real and standing before you as opposed to on the internet or in your email—makes total sense.

"I Miss Your Bones" can be found on Hospitality's masterful sophomore release Trouble, available on LP, CD, and digital in the Merge store. Mojo Magazine says Trouble is, "Sweet at its core, but pleasantly dark at the edges." Give it a spin on Spotify or Rdio to find out for yourself!
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Merge 25: Opening Night After-Party with Flesh Wounds and DJ set by Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright

We can’t wait to kick off the Merge 25 Festival with Lambchop, Mount Moriah, and William Tyler on July 23 at Baldwin Auditorium in Durham—but we couldn’t let the night end there! Please join us for our Opening Night After-Party at Motorco. Local badasses and Merge 7-inch rockers Flesh Wounds will hit the stage at 11pm, followed by a DJ set from Greg Cartwright, frontman of Reigning Sound and garage-rock legend, to round out the night. Doors will open at 10:30pm.

Merge 25 passholders get in free while space allows, and tickets to the general public are $5 at the door. Please come hang out, rock out, and celebrate the first night of Merge 25 with us in Durham!

Wye Oak return to US tour on July 5, share Shriek closer "Logic of Color"

If you have seen Wye Oak live this year around the release of their new album Shriek, you know "Logic of Color" has become an instant staple in the band's set. The New York Times described the album closer as a “voguish nod to retro synth pop” and Rolling Stone called “triumphant.” “When I wrote this song I knew it would be the last track on the record,” said lead singer Jenn Wasner.  “On the surface, it's probably the most straightforward pop song we've ever made. But it's also a song about people and about the creative process—about trying to capture intangible, ephemeral things for a moment and attempting to make them sit still. It's a beautiful process, but one rooted in loss and impermanence—so I wanted it to sound open-ended, like an unfinished thought.”   More >

Reigning Sound's "My My" arrives just in time for summer, West Coast tour begins July 2

The July 15 release of Reigning Sound's Shattered is just around the corner, and the band has shared their latest track, “My My”. Greg Cartwright said it best: “If this song was wrapped in a package and had a card attached, the card would read: ‘Do not open until summer.’” The Wall Street Journal premiered “My My” yesterday, calling it “a jangly, jubilant song about the time-honored tradition of going on a date.” Pick up a copy of today's WSJ for an in-depth feature with Greg and the band, conducted at Daptone's Brooklyn studio where Shattered was recorded.   More >