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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.

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 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.