The official Merge Records Hopscotch 2014 Line-Up is here!

We aren't the only ones celebrating a big anniversary this year! Hopscotch Festival celebrates 5 years this week and they've enlisted many Merge artists to help them party. The schedule is below, along with our annual listening party hosted by our friends at Foundation on Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm.

Thursday Sept 4
4-6pm - Merge Records listening party @ Foundation
11:00pm - Saint Rich @ Tir Na Nog
12:30am - Reigning Sound @ Pour House

Friday Sept 5

12:30pm - Jenks Miller (of Mount Moriah) and Rose Cross NC @ Kings (Three-Lobed/WXDU Day Party)
4:00pm - Pipe @ Slim's (outside) (Chuchkey/Layabout/BCBB Day Party)
4:45pm - Spider Bags @ Slim's (inside) (Chuchkey/Layabout/BCBB Day Party)
11:30pm - Flesh Wounds @ Slim's

Saturday Sept 6

3:00pm - Flesh Wounds @ Kings (Orange County Social Club Day Party)
4:00pm - Ex Hex @ Warehouse District (Shindigs Babes in Boyland)

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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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Saint Rich & Dr. Dog cover one another on split EP

New Jersey duo Saint Rich and Philadelphia band Dr. Dog have teamed for both an extensive US tour and a very special collaborative recording. The two have released a four song EP together via the free download site Noise Trade.

The Casual Freefall tour EP contains four tracks. Each band covered the other and there is a song from each respective band's own record. Dr Dog recorded a version of Saint Rich’s song “Dreams” from their record Beyond the Drone. Saint Rich in turn interpreted the song “Rock & Roll” from Dr Dog’s album B-Room. In addition the EP contains Dr Dog's “Phenomenon” from B-Room and Saint Rich's “Crying From the Home” from Beyond the Drone.

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Saint Rich visits Daytrotter

Saint Rich visited the Daytrotter studio in Austin, TX and performed three songs from their debut album Beyond the Drone.

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2013 Year End Lists: Christian Peslak, Saint Rich

a few of my favorite jams of '13: (no particular order)
Cy Dune - Resentment
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
Devendra Banhart - Never Seen Such Good Things
Kurt Vile - Shame Chamber
Dr. Dog - Rock and Roll
Celestial Shore - Valerie
Eleanor Friedberger - My Own World
Star Rover - Western Winds Bitter Christians
Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht -  Hang on to Life
Akron/Family - When I Was Young
Wet - No Lie

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2013 Year End Lists: "Delicate" Steve Marion, Saint Rich

Top 5 Meals of Saint Rich 2013 Tour:

  • Fresh Alaskan salmon with homemade pesto, bread, and scalloped potatoes at Shane's mom's house in Seattle, WA
  • All-you-can-eat family style soul food from Monell's in Nashville, TN
  • Shrimp Pad Thai (level 3 spice) from Thai Tom in Seattle, WA
  • Kobe Basil from Nat's (Thai) in Lexington, KY
  • Beef Udon Noodle from Domo in Denver, CO
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Saint Rich announces tour with Dr. Dog

Saint Rich have been on the road in support of their debut album Beyond the Drone—but they are not finished yet! This week, they wrap up a nationwide run of shows with Wild Belle followed by a string of headlining dates.

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Saint Rich's "Beyond the Drone" is coming! Watch a new teaser and see the band on tour!

Beyond the Drone, the debut record from Saint Rich, will be released on October 1 in the US and October 28 in Europe. Watch a teaser, featuring a passage from the record -- a Harrison-esque slide guitar solo by Steve Marion with string accompaniment composed by Marion and Yeasayer's Anand Wilder, performed by Wilder. Delicate Steve, the cult-favorite New Jersey instrumental outfit which includes Steve Marion and Christian Peslak, is performing tonight at Maxwell's, chosen to play the very last show held at the legendary Hoboken, NJ venue.

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Merge welcomes Saint Rich in October with Beyond the Drone

Merge Records is delighted to welcome Saint Rich with the release of their debut album, Beyond the Drone on October 1 in the US and October 28 in Europe! Saint Rich is the musical partnership of Delicate Steve bandmates Christian Peslak and Steve Marion.

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