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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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Five Classic Superchunk albums to be released in Europe on March 17

On March 17, Merge will reissue five classic Superchunk albums on CD and LP in Europe. 

Mac says:

When we first started coming to Europe (our first European tour was with Mudhoney in April 1992), we were lucky to have Christof and his fine label City Slang on our side. City Slang released all the records between No Pocky For Kitty and Indoor Living and supported our sometimes successful, sometimes sucky European touring efforts throughout the roaring mid '90s. Those albums have been out of print in Europe for quite a while, and we are excited to say that Merge will be making the following titles available there on CD and LP as of March 17th:

No Pocky for Kitty
On the Mouth
Foolish
Here's Where the Strings Come In
Indoor Living
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Superchunk's Indoor Living to be reissued in February

On February 25, we will release the newly remastered reissue of Superchunk’s out-of-print 1997 album Indoor Living. The second in our 2014 series of reissues in celebration of our 25th anniversary, Indoor Living will be released on CD and LP with new liner notes by Laura Ballance and producer/engineer John Plymale. The LP will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and both CD and LP will include a download of a live concert recorded at Duke University in 1997.   More >

2013 Year End Lists: Mac McCaughan

(Non-Merge, as usual)
Yo La Tengo - Fade
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get...
The Blow - The Blow
Dick Diver - Calendar Days
Sonny and the Sunsets - Antenna to the Afterworld
Rob Delaney in Asheville
Fred Hersch Trio at Casbah
Melt-Banana live at Local 506
Marc Maron in Raleigh
Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
Joyce - Tudo
Wangechi Mutu at the Nasher Museum
Brandy Clark - 12 Stories
Bill Callahan - Dream River
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Caitlin Rose - The Stand-in
Ohneotrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
Alan Constable's 10 Cameras at South Willard
Flesh Wounds at Pinhook
Tim Berne & Snakeoil
Kyle Kinane in Chicago
Simone Shubuck at Taylor de Cordoba
singing on top of a bus w Kelly Hogan
Camera Obscura - Desire Lines
Classix - Hanging Gardens
Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Sunny Daze
Oblivians - Desperation
Mind Spiders - Inhumanistic
Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
Courney Barnett - "Avant Gardener"
John Hodgman as Ayn Rand
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2013 Year End Lists: Laura Ballance

I have been doing a lot of work on my yard this year, so I am obsessed with plants, and...uh, yard accessories. And also, I have been using the heck out of Pinterest. I might have to count that among my favorites too. It has been an excellent tool. Here is what I am into at the moment, in no particular order.

hens and chicks/sedums, HOTT!
Japanese forest grass
ornamental grasses = less lawn
recycled materials
amethyst in snow
agave
concrete balls
homely topiary
un-procurable pizza ovens
spurge, pretty much all of it.
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2013 Year End Lists: Jason Narducy, Superchunk & Bob Mould

Adore Your Island - Wire
In The City - Caveman
Buried Plans - Minor Alps
Pure Pain - Kurt Vile
First Shot - The Love Language
Change - Mikal Cronin
Howl Of The Wind - The Thermals
Sail To The Sun - Wavves
She Hides In Black - Robert Pollard
I Miss Your Bones - Hospitality

Listen to Superchunk's "I Hate Music" now at NPR Music

Superchunk's new album I Hate Music will be in stores on August 20, but you can stream it now at NPR Music. In the introduction to the "First Listen" stream NPR's Stephen Thompson writes, "Infused with winning, strident energy, I Hate Music still fits in darker ruminations on age and aging — Superchunk's sound remains versatile enough to accommodate both a 75-second whiff of brash punk ("Staying Home") and a six-minute album-closer ("What Can We Do") in which McCaughan reflects on nearly 30 years of adulthood with shrugging wisdom.   More >

Mac McCaughan joins early voting rally in Durham, NC This Friday!

Early voting has begun in North Carolina, and to help spread the word, Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Portastatic & Merge will perform solo at a concert to raise awareness for Early Voting Friday, October 26 at Durham Central Park with Chapel Hill's Spider Bags and New Jersey band Titus Andronicus.   More >