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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).

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!

Merge 25 Festival: now with day parties and a website!

As we all prep for the Merge 25 Festival on July 23–26, there are still plenty of truly awesome surprises to share in the coming month!
 
Let’s begin with two day parties occurring on Thursday and Friday behind Cat’s Cradle. Both are free and open to the public (until we’re at capacity), and both will have beer and food on-site for purchase. Think of these events as tasty appetizers before each evening’s six-course meal inside Cat’s Cradle:
 
Thursday, July 24, 4–6pm
Orange County Social Club, Carrboro, NC
(FREE & open to public)
Amor de Días
Hiss Golden Messenger
 
Friday, July 25, 4–6pm 
Orange County Social Club, Carrboro, NC
(FREE & open to public)
Radar Brothers
Saint Rich
 
Thursday and Friday’s shows inside Cat’s Cradle are sold out, but there are a few tickets still available for Wednesday’s show at Baldwin Auditorium in Durham and Saturday’s big outdoor blowout in Carrboro, the latter hosted by Margaret Cho!

To keep you in-the-know, we and our friends at Squarespace have created this website to host all things Merge 25 related. Be sure to bookmark it so you’ll have all of the latest festival info at your fingertips.

Margaret Cho added to Merge 25 Festival, Duke series starts Tuesday!

Comedian Margaret Cho has been added as the official MC of the Merge 25 Festival on Saturday, July 26!   Cho could be called “Queen of all Media,” conquering film, television, books, and theatre, with Grammy nominations, sold-out tours, and off-Broadway and TV shows under her belt. Equally as important are the causes she is passionate about. Margaret is widely recognized for her charitable work with gay rights and anti-bullying campaigns. Margaret recently had Bob Mould on her podcast Monsters of Talk to discuss his new album Beauty & Ruin. Take a listen to the Bob Mould episode here. Tickets for the Saturday show are still on sale via Cat's Cradle, so don't wait! Limit 4 tickets per customer.  Also, on June 5th we'll celebrate 25 years with help from the Durham Bulls! Mac will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Heather from Mount Moriah will sing the national anthem. Learn more and get tickets here!

The Clientele's Suburban Light reissue in stores now, on tour in July

In stores and available online today is the May installment of our ongoing 25th Anniversary reissue series, The Clientele's Suburban LightReleased as a double-disc and one-LP/one-CD set, this new edition of Suburban Light features the album in its original European tracklisting, restored from original analog tapes to sound warmer and a bit less like a batch of demos. The bonus material includes a revelatory set of covers, rehearsals, B-sides, and three unreleased tunes.

Suburban Light is available for purchase in the Merge store, on iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Amazon, or at your favorite independent record store.

Watch the newly digitized video of "Reflections After Jane," and catch the Clientele on tour this summer including a highly-anticipated appearance at the Merge 25 Festival! These shows mark the first Clientele tour since 2009's tour in support of Bonfires on the Heath.

Merge 25: Duke Performances Concert Series Announced!

Merge Records continues its 25th anniversary celebration this summer by teaming up with Duke Performances for their popular Music in the Gardens series. Taking place throughout the months of June and July, the series invites local bands and musicians in the national spotlight to play at various venues on the Duke University campus. This year, they have extended that reach to include artists on neighboring Durham-based label Merge Records.

Among the Merge artists slated to appear at Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium are Lambchopperforming their iconic album Nixon front to backin addition to William Tyler, Mount Moriah, Stephin Merritt, and Mark Eitzel. The historic venue has recently reopened after a two-year renovation and will serve as the perfect backdrop for these special shows. For family-friendly outdoor concerts, join Merge artists King Khan & the Shrines, the newly signed Spider Bags, The Rosebuds, Richard Buckner, and Portastatic for the Music in the Gardens series. These shows will take place in the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are encouraged for these performances, and food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Merge 25 Festival: Full Line-Up Announced!

Merge Records invites you to North Carolina to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary at Merge 25, a 4-day music festival that now includes Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin! This set of performers rounds out the already-announced line-up of Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language.  We have plenty more surprises up our sleeves, so stay tuned as we celebrate Merge 25!

Merge 25 Festival: Tickets to Cat's Cradle shows & outdoor party on sale March 26!

Merge Records invites you to North Carolina to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary at Merge 25, a music festival featuring Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, The Love Language and many more

Tickets for the individual Merge 25 shows at the Cat's Cradle & the outdoor party in Carrboro are going on sale tomorrow — Wednesday, March 26 at 11am EST — via the Cat's Cradle website

Limit of 2 tickets per customer to each Cradle show and 4 tickets per customer for Saturday's outdoor party. Children under 10 get in free to the outdoor party when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Full show line-ups & more information about other Merge 25 Festivities coming soon!

Merge 25 Festival: First round of bands & on sale date announced

Merge Records invites you to North Carolina to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary at Merge 25, a music festival featuring Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould and many more.

Merge 25K Training Report: April Henry, Merge fan

Merge staffers and friends from all over are taking part in the Merge 25K race on March 22 and will be sharing their training stories. Register here & visit our race page for all of the details of our course and finish line party!

If you would like to share your training story with us, please email m25k@mergerecords.com.

From April:
Training for the Merge 25K is nearly over. I completed a grueling 12 miles with a little help from friends Elizabeth and Molly on Saturday March 8th. Would you believe me if I told you that I gave birth to my second child nearly 12 weeks ago? Yes, I am out of my mind. Just last week I ran a total of 23 miles under severe sleep-deprivation. I am determined to see this race through to the end.

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

Merge 25K Training Report: Camelia Brennan, Merge Mailorder & College Radio

Merge staffers and friends from all over are taking part in the Merge 25K race on March 22 and will be sharing their training stories. Register here & visit our race page for a custom training plan from our friends at Bull City Running Co. and yoga from Sage Rountree.

If you would like to share your training story with us, please email m25k@mergerecords.com

From Cami:
I'm a little over 10 weeks into training, and I haven't fallen down once! There have been a lot of close calls. Sometimes I've hoped I might fall down and lay there forever, but for the most part, my training has been a success! The weather was great yesterday, and I ran 12.5 miles. I set out to do 14 miles… so I'm a little bummed I had to cut it short, but overall I’m pretty confident I'll be good to go on race day. I plan to do mostly shorter runs between 4-6 miles until the race. 

The Clientele prep Suburban Light reissue for May

The May installment of our ongoing 25th Anniversary reissue series is The Clientele's Suburban Light

Released as a double-disc and one-LP/one-CD set, this new edition of Suburban Light features the album in its original European tracklisting, restored from original analog tapes to sound warmer and a bit less like a batch of demos. The bonus material includes a revelatory set of covers, rehearsals, B-sides, and three unreleased tunes.

Watch a performance of "An Hour Before the Light" circa 1996 below and pre-order Suburban Light on CD or LP now in the Merge store.

Merge 25K Race-Day Events!

The Merge 25K race is less than one month away, and registration is at nearly 75%! Please help us spread the word! Details of the event are coming together quickly, and we're updating our race page with all the important info, so keep checking back. Please see below for the official schedule of events. We can't wait to see you there!

Merge 25K Training: Recovery tips from Sage Rountree

Listen to our recovery playlist and get tips and more from local yogi Sage Rountree below! This week, we are giving away a 5-day pass to the Carrboro and Durham Yoga Companies! All race registrants are automatically entered to win, so sign up before Monday, March 3 to win!

Don't forget, the FREE & comprehensive Merge 25K training plan created by our partners at Bull City Running Co. can be downloaded here, and you can still register at our race page. What are you waiting for?

Merge 25K Training: Recovery tips from Sage Rountree

Listen to our recovery playlist and get tips and more from local yogi Sage Rountree below! This week, we are giving away a 5-day pass to the Carrboro and Durham Yoga Companies! All race registrants are automatically entered to win, so sign up before Monday, March 3 to win!

Don't forget, the FREE & comprehensive Merge 25K training plan created by our partners at Bull City Running Co. can be downloaded here, and you can still register at our race page. What are you waiting for?

Merge @ SXSW 2014

On Thursday, March 13, we will present our annual showcase at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX, at one of our favorite music venues, The Parish.

Merge 25K Training Report: Patrick Hill, Word Productions Atlanta, GA

Merge staffers and friends from all over are taking part in the Merge 25K race on March 22 and will be sharing their training stories. Register here & visit our race page for a custom training plan from our friends at Bull City Running Co. and yoga from Sage Rountree.

If you would like to share your training story with us, please email m25k@mergerecords.com

And here's a little video of The Rock*A*Teens to go along with Patrick's story:

Richard Buckner extends Living Room tour & Bloomed gets the reissue treatment

The March entry in our 25th anniversary reissue series is Bloomed, the 1994 debut album from Richard Buckner. The album will be remastered and released on CD and 180-gram vinyl. Both formats will include a CD containing 11 bonus tracks of radio sessions, live performances, and original recordings of songs that appeared on future releases.

Merge 25K Training Report: Will Spears, Merge enthusiast

Merge staffers and friends from all over are taking part in the Merge 25K race on March 22 and will be sharing their training stories. Register here & visit our race page for a custom training plan from our friends at Bull City Running Co. and yoga from Sage Rountree.

If you would like to share your training story with us, please email m25k@mergerecords.com.

From Will:
I was really excited to hear about the Merge 25K, but had some work to do to get ready for it.  I run regularly, but not competitively, and not for anything as far as 15.5 miles. 

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.

Merge 25K Training Report: Keith Artin, General Manager

A few of our staffers are taking part in the Merge 25K race on March 22 and will be sharing their training stories. If you want to share yours, please email m25k@mergerecords.comRegister now and get $10 off with code MERGENEWYEAR!

From Keith:
A few weeks into training, and things are going well so far. Four runs per week, with the weekend run getting longer each week. Got outside for a 5-mile run while visiting family in Delaware last weekend. Cold but not freezing, it felt great. The killer hill in the first mile was easy to tackle knowing I'd have a downhill finish - I know a point-to-point race offers no promises like this, but I'll take the predictability of an out-and-back run, especially early in my training.

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.

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

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

2013 Year End Lists: Stuart McLamb, The Love Language

Favorite albums of 2013:

1. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
2. Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
3. Toddlers - Toddlers
4. The Knife - Shaking The Habitual
5. Kanye West - Yeezus
6. Mikal Cronin - MCII
7. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
8. Death Grips - Government Plates
9. HAIM - Days Are Gone
10. The Rutabega- Brother The Lights Don't Work

Introducing Vertical Scratchers!

Merge is happy to announce the signing of Vertical Scratchers! The band was formed in a van in Los Angeles by John Schmersal, whom you may know from seeing Caribou live, his current band Crooks on Tape, and/or his former bands Enon and Brainiac, and Christian Beaulieu, the former leader of Triclops! and a current member of Peace Creep and Anywhere. Christian is “beyond stoked” to release a record on the same label that put out Verbena’s Souls for Sale album, and he’s also excited to be labelmates with fellow San Franciscan Mikal Cronin.

Superchunk on the radio!

Superchunk stopped by Viriginia Arts Recording to record sets for two great Charlottesville stations before their gig at The Southern a few weeks back, and both sessions are online for you to stream now!

Be in a Superchunk video & dance at their Fallon performance!

Superchunk is heading to NYC this weekend for two sold-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Saturday night, an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, and the filming of their new video on Saturday.

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.

Watch The Love Language's new video for "Calm Down" now!

The Love Language's Ruby Red is in stores now on CD, LP and digital! Celebrate by watching their super-fun new video featuring a cameo by Superchunk's Laura Ballance! And get tickets now to see the full Love Language band on tour this summer & fall. Watch The Love Language's new video for "Calm Down" now at Pitchfork.TV Ruby Red produces new standards for the Carolina pop songbook, finding The Love Language as an extroverted community art project made by responsible citizens of a loosely packed scene who know that Stuart McLamb will match whatever they contribute.

Download the new Merge Records Summer Sampler from Amazon

To celebrate the summer, we've created a free sampler featuring songs from some of our new releases. The playlist features tracks from Superchunk, the Mountain Goats, Future Bible Heroes, King Khan & the Shrines, and many more! Download the sampler for free at Amazon and discover the soundtrack to your summer.

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.

New Superchunk 7-inch "This Summer" b/w "Cruel Summer" in June

On June 12, Superchunk will release a new single just in time for summer! “This Summer,” the A-side of this limited-edition seven-inch, is the first new Superchunk single since the 2010 release of their widely acclaimed album Majesty Shredding.

Missy Thangs of The Love Language to exhibit artwork

Minus Sound Research, an artist collective comprised of local North Carolina musicians/artists, will hold an art exhibition at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC, from October 7 through December 3.

Deluxe reissue of Superchunk's "Foolish" out today!

Merge has reissued Superchunk’s landmark 1994 album Foolish, and it's available today on CD, LP, and digital download. Foolish has been remastered for this reissue and will feature some different album art and extensive liner notes by drummer Jon Wurster.

The Love Language on the road, again!

Watch a clip of The Love Language on the road, and see them this weekend in DC and New York! Aug 19 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel Aug 20 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop Sep 08 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival

Jon Wurster rates Pitchfork Fest

Jon Wurster acted as guest correspondent for WBEZ at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, investigating tour riders, stage outfits, and Porta-Potties. Meanwhile, Mac stopped by XRT's air-conditioned backstage tent to talk to Marty! Watch the interview at 93XRT. And Matt LeMay wrote up key points of the band's set at Pitchfork: Set highlight: "Detroit Has a Skyline" Time before Mac and Laura started pogoing: < 1 minute Unexpected moment of audience exuberance: The opening of "Like a Fool" Average age of audience members freaking out during "Slack Motherfucker": Younger than you might think Song from new album that deserves "instant classic" status as a live cut: "My Gap Feels Weird" Sport defended by Mac McCaughan: Soccer Most frequently overheard remark: "Wow, this band is good." Best song of all time, ever: "Hyper Enough" --Matt LeMay  

Superchunk & Coliseum join forces for Record Store Day split 7-inch of Misfits cover songs.

Merge Records and Temporary Residence Limited have partnered to co-release "Horror Business" b/w "Bullet," a limited-edition 7-inch from Superchunk and Coliseum for April 16 - Record Store Day. Limited to 1,500 copies and available exclusively in record stores, the 7-inch cover was designed by Coliseum singer/guitarist Ryan Patterson, with a nod to the artwork from the Misfits’ Three Hits From Hell single. The 7-inch will be issued on three different colors of vinyl: Yellow w/ Black Splatter; Magenta w/ Black Splatter; and standard Black (500 copies of each).

Superchunk on Sound Opinions

Superchunk will be on Sound Opinions, the world’s only Rock and Roll talk show, this weekend! Superchunk visited WBEZ in Chicago for a full-band live performance and interview with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot while on tour in December. Sound Opinions airs live on public radio stations around the country, and you can hear the audio on the Sound Opinions website now! 

The Love Language "Libraries" release week fun!

The Love Language's Merge debut, Libraries will be in stores tomorrow! Stuart, BJ, Missy, Justin & Jordan are playing a few CD release shows, and a dj night as well as an eponymous cocktail to celebrate!

The Love Language announce Merge debut, "Libraries"

On July 13, The Love Language will release their Merge Records debut, Libraries. The Love Language, initiated by Stuart McLamb, is a fortunate by-product of the North Carolina native’s rudderless mid-20s, where a tempest of breakup, inebriation, and incarceration found the abandoned songwriter embarking on a storage-space recording project to slow his seeming disintegration.

Merge welcomes The Love Language

Chapel Hill's The Love Language began in 2007 as lead singer and songwriter Stuart McLamb found himself living with his parents after a particularly disastrous break-up.