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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2013 Year End Lists: John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats

best of 2013 

alphabetical order only, all these are gems

Aeternus, …and the Seventh His Soul Detesteth (Karisma)

Baptist Generals, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart (Sub Pop)

Bottomless Pit, Shade Perennial (Comedy Minus One) 

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth, Prince of Darkness OST (Death Waltz)

Cocorosie, Tales of a Grass Widow (City Slang)

Molly Drake, self-titled (Squirrel Thing)

Gorguts, Colored Sands (Relapse)

Jandek, The Song of Morgan (Corwood Industries)

Laraaji, Celestial Music 1978-2011 (All Saints)

Obliteration, Black Death Horizon (Relapse)

Pinkish Black, Razed to the Ground (Century Media)

Stomach Earth, self-titled (Black Market Activities)

Matthew Shipp, Piano Sutras (Thirsty Ear)

Summoning, Old Mornings Dawn (Napalm)

V/A, Five Days Married & Other Laments: Song and Dance from Northern Greece 1928-1958 (Dust-to-Digital)

Wardruna, Yggdrasil (Indie Recordings)

White Wizzard, The Devil's Cut (Metal Blade)

The Mountain Goats reissue All Hail West Texas to much excitement & John talks records with Mac

The Mountain Goats' All Hail West Texas is remastered, reissued and in stores now on CD, LP and digital. Pitchfork named the album "Best New Reissue" writing, "an imperfectly sung ode to all the songs that don’t get sung because of the people who put into the singers’ heads that the only songs worth singing are the perfect ones," while The A.V. Club wrote, "a collection that ushered in a new creative era for a man whose songs were already great." 

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle talks Black Sabbath with Studio 360

Public Radio International's Studio 360 asked the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle about his biggest influence and were surprised to find the answer is Black Sabbath! From Studio 360: Twenty years ago, just as indie rock started to be called indie rock, John Darnielle founded one of its great bands — The Mountain Goats.   More >