Merge 25: Duke Performances Concert Series Announced! Related News

Caribou shares “Our Love” title track & Daphni mix

Following the rapturously received news of his forthcoming album (due October 7th via Merge), Caribou has revealed album title track “Our Love.”

Built around warm, bubbling beats and Dan Snaith’s distinctive vocal loops before taking a bass-heavy turn in the middle, you can listen to “Our Love”–both the album version & the Daphni remix–below.

Pre-order the album Our Love at iTunes or from the Merge store now.

Bob Mould debuts video for "The War," Reddit AMA next week!

Bob Mould has unveiled a new video for "The War" off his critically-lauded album Beauty & Ruin. The video, which captures the sweaty, rollicking shows Bob and his band are known to put on, as well as other aspects of touring life, is directed by Dave Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke). Stay tuned until the grand finale, when a special guest makes a sly appearance. Join Bob and his bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster on tour in "The War."

Wye Oak plays live on KEXP, WTMD,and XM's The Loft

Wye Oak recently stopped by the Triple Door in Seattle to perform for KEXP VIPs, including Shriek favorite "Logic of Color." Check out the full set below, and find more Wye Oak videos on the KEXP blog. Towson's WTMD also hosted the band for a special listener event last month! Check it out below.

Wye Oak will also be featured on XM The Loft next week! A very special session with the band will air August 25 at Noon Eastern / 9am Pacific. Encore performances will also air Wednesday at 5pm Eastern, Friday at 11pm, Saturday at Noon and Sunday at Midnight.  It’ll also be available on demand for all Sirius subscribers.

Shriek is available in the Merge shop & at all independent record stores now.

Lambchop's Live at XX Merge now on vinyl

Five years ago, those of us lucky enough to be at Cat’s Cradle when Lambchop took the stage witnessed the performance that became Live at XX Merge, a concert film and album. We are now releasing this special album on clear vinyl with a full download of the audio and concert film for those who missed it or for those who want to relive the experience.

The limited-edition LP is available now for pre-order and will arrive in your mailbox on or around the September 9 release date. We will also have copies for sale at the Merge 25 merch table. (Note that pre-orders cannot be picked up at the festival.)

Caribou reveals extended mix of "Can't Do Without You." Available now!

Following the rapturously received news of Caribou’s forthcoming album Our Love (due October 7 on Merge), Dan Snaith has revealed an extended DJ-friendly mix of “Can’t Do Without You,” the song that accompanied Caribou’s triumphant return to the fore last month. The extended version is available now from all digital services and as a limited-edition 12-inch via Snaith’s own label JIAOLONG. Download the track at iTunes or stream it at Spotify now.

Having racked up over a million plays on Soundcloud alone in little over a month, the original track also accompanied news that Caribou will be returning to the US in November.

Our Love is due out on October 7 and features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans and Matthew Cooper. Pre-order the album on LP or CD in the Merge store and digitally at iTunes.

Bob Mould European tour dates announced

Bob Mould has announced European tour dates kicking off in Berlin on November 6. The ten dates are in support of his recent album Beauty & Ruin.

Described as "a compact epic," Beauty & Ruin packs a staggering lifetime's worth of emotion and experience into a 36-minute package. As with 2012's Silver Age tour Bob will be joined in Europe by his stalwart band of bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster.

Judging by the love Bob Mould has seen in the papers overseas (as well as stateside!), we strongly suggest getting tickets tout de suite. A full list of dates (including the aforementioned appearance at Merge 25 and North American fall tour) are below. 

“Alternative rock belongs to Bob Mould” NME

 “What happens next could be incredible” – Uncut

“It’s a defiant affair”The Guardian

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!

Bob Mould on Boing Boing

Bob Mould recently stopped by Boing Boing HQ in San Francisco to celebrate the release of Beauty & Ruin, sharing stories & songs in a piece they call Bob Mould: An Old Punk Kicks New Ass.

Everything Bob does, he does on his own terms. He is humble, yet takes his legacy very seriously. He is warm, funny, earnest, and wise and continues to inspire young musicians and artists pushing the limits of independent culture.

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.

Caribou to release new album Our Love on October 7!

You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your game looms, with the only real solution being: you change the game. Our Love, the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that. Our Love is due October 7 on Merge Records and is the sixth studio album from Caribou. The album features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans and Matthew Cooper.

Listen to the lead single "Can't Do Without You" via Soundcloud now.

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!

Stream Bob Mould's "Beauty & Ruin" now at Pitchfork Advance! In stores June 3!

Bob Mould’s forthcoming studio album, Beauty & Ruin, can now be streamed in its entirety via Pitchfork Advance. The album stream comes one week ahead of Beauty & Ruin’s June 3 release date in the States. Pre-orders for the album already being hailed as possibly Bob’s finest solo work since the classic Workbook are live now in the Merge store and iTunes. The first 400 LP pre-orders placed through Merge will receive the album on yellow vinyl. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant gratification download of “Hey Mr. Grey.”

Bob Mould is also pleased to confirm a release week performance on CONAN on June 4, airing at 11 p.m. EDT on TBS.

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.

Watch Wye Oak's music video for "Glory" on The A.V. Club now!

Wye Oak's Shriek was released yesterday to enthusiastic reviews worldwide, and features on StereogumGrantland, and more.

"Shriek is more of a continuation than a disruption: It’s a product of the catalytic bond between Mr. Stack, on synthesizers and drum programming, and Ms. Wasner, on electric bass." —NY Times

"Despite its electronic emphasis, Shriek bypasses conventional synthpop for more introspective, individual territory." —Wondering Sound

"There's no question Wasner could make these songs work as big guitar anthems, but as skeletal, textured electronic tunes they really let the nuance of both her songwriting and her voice shine through." —Under The Radar

The A.V. Club premiered Wye Oak's new video for "Glory" today, check it out!

Wye Oak's Shriek is out today!

Wye Oak's fourth LP Shriek is available now on CD, LP and with t-shirt bundle in the Merge store, iTunes, Amazon, Rdio, Spotify, or at your favorite local independant record store.

“[Shriek] is by turns dream, expansive and, ultimately, triumphant.” —Rolling Stone

"Shriek is synthpop haze with serious percussive backbone, the thunderous clatter of Stack’s drumming often stepping up to make the noise that Wasner’s guitar isn’t." —The AV Club

“The tautness of Wasner’s writing had little to do with her instrument of choice and everything with the woman behind the strings: This is nervy, charged music, buzzing like a brain in heat.” —Pitchfork

“Brainy, buzzy…high minded grooves that benefit from Wasner’s heavenly vocals.” —SPIN

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.

Watch Wye Oak play "Glory" at Coachella

Wye Oak took the road west last week to perform at Coachella, and have made "Glory" available for your eyes & ears. Watch them play your new favorite song:

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!

The Clientele announce summer tour

In addition to a highly-anticipated appearance at the Merge 25 Festival, The Clientele have announced a few additional dates this summer. These shows mark the first Clientele tour since 2009's tour in support of Bonfires on the Heath.

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

Find a full list of The Clientele's tour dates below, and pre-order the Suburban Light reissue now on CD or LP now in the Merge store.

Wye Oak premiere video for "The Tower" & announce new tour dates

Baltimore two-piece Wye Oak has added additional US dates throughout the month of July in support of their new studio album, Shriek, in stores on April 29. Their US Tour kicks off at Coachella and will make stops in over 25 cities across the country.

Today, Stereogum also premiered a video for track “The Tower” off of the upcoming record. Watch the video now.

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.

Wye Oak share "Glory" from new album Shriek, out April 29

Wye Oak debuted new material on their recent tour with Future Islands and a number of shows at SXSW last week. For those unable to witness in person, the duo are now sharing "Glory" from their fourth full-length studio album Shriek which will be in stores on April 29.

Shriek is available for pre-order now on CD, LP and with t-shirt bundle in the Merge store, and listen & share "Glory" below!

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

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
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

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

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.

Lambchop's Nixon remastered, reissued & in stores!

Lambchop's Nixon kicks off a year of reissues in celebration of our 25th anniversary. 

The Nixon double-CD includes the original album plus a bonus disc containing White Sessions 1998: How I Met Cat Power, a remastered live solo session Kurt recorded at Radio France in 1998. The LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and includes the CD of bonus material.

The Nixon reissue is available on double-CD or LP now in the Merge store and at your favorite independent record store. Also, find the reissue at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Rdio.

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

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.

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
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: 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)

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

Wye Oak announce tour with Future Islands in March

Wye Oak will return in 2014 with the highly anticipated follow-up to Civilian. As a warm-up, Jenn & Andy have announced a co-headlining tour with Future Islands on the way to Austin for SXSW. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

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

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.

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." 

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.

Bob Mould announces new tour dates, Reddit AMA & continues Kickstarter campaign

As he winds down a banner year featuring some of the most enthusiastic critical notices of his career for the incredible Silver Age, a debut appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman, a Conan performance, and a first ever Austin City Limits TV taping, Bob Mould has confirmed that his widely sold out tour will add four more North American stops and an Australian run in early 2013.

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.

Bob Mould premieres video for "The Descent" at Pitchfork TV

Bob Mould premiered his new video for "The Descent" from Silver Age at Pitchfork TV. Watch as Bob escapes the city for a life more wild while listening to the song Stereogum described as "everything you want from a Bob Mould song: fast, heavy, sweeping, tight; all glide guitars and sweetly layered vocals and Elvis Costello hooks"

Destroyer covers Gorky's Zygotic Mynci for the A.V. Club

The Destroyer band offered their take on Gorky's Zygotic Mynci's "Face Like Summer" to the A.V. Club's Undercover "Summer Break." The A.V. Club met up with Destroyer at the lovely Turner Hall in Milwaukee while the band was on tour earlier this summer.

Watch video of the Bob Mould band performing "Hoover Dam"

The newly remastered versions of Sugar's Copper Blue / Beaster and File Under: Easy Listening will be in stores in one week! The A.V. Club premiered video of Bob Mould, Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster performing "Hoover Dam" from Copper Blue at Noise Pop in February.

Destroyer on tour & "Destroyer's Rubies" now available on white vinyl

Destroyer is now on tour in the US with the Kaputt band, and Destroyer's Rubies is available on double white vinyl. Previously only available on “ruby red” vinyl for Record Store Day, the dbl-LP is now available on “hot white vinyl” and features “Loscil’s Rubies,” a 24-minute bonus track remixed by Scott Morgan (Loscil), who also collaborated with Dan Bejar on the Kaputt LP’s bonus material.

Destroyer's summer tour begins next week

Next week, Destroyer will begin touring North America once again in support of last year's critically-acclaimed and Juno-nominated Kaputt. Dan Bejar and the Kaputt band will kick off their tour in Seattle on June 3rd.

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.

Bob Mould signs to Merge & plays SXSW showcase

Welcome Bob Mould to Merge Records! Bob Mould recorded his new album to be released on Merge Records this fall with his band mates Jon Wurster (Superchunk, the Mountain Goats) and Jason Narducy (Verbow, Split Single). 

Caribou announces tour dates with Radiohead

Caribou will join Radiohead for a series of shows beginning April 17 in Mexico City and ending June 16 in Toronto, so bring your friends and get there early! 

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner discusses "Holy Holy" with the AV Club's "One Track Mind"

The AV Club visited Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner in Baltimore as part of their new "One Track Mind" series to talk about "Holy Holy" and check out a few of Jenn's local haunts. Watch her performance of "Holy Holy" and the full interview at the AV Club Wye Oak’s whole catalog, including their latest album Civilian which includes "Holy Holy" and the newly released vinyl reissue of The Knot, are also available in the Merge store.

Wye Oak releases new 7-inch of AV Club covers & discusses "Holy Holy"

Wye Oak visited the tiny round room at the AV Club headquarters in Chicago twice to participate in their “Undercover” series. Each Undercover series starts with AV Club writers choosing 25 songs and inviting 25 bands they like to come to their offices in Chicago to perform.

Wye Oak on Last Call with Carson Daly

Last Call with Carson Daly recently recorded Wye Oak at the Greek Theatre and have shared "Civilian" and "For Prayer" online! Order Civilian now in the Merge store, and pre-order The Knot on vinyl and receive a free autographed poster while supplies last!

Wye Oak perform on Last Call with Carson Daly!

Last Call with Carson Daly will feature two live performances from Wye Oak at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles tonight, September 27! Check your local listing for air times in your area. Wye Oak are currently on tour with Explosions in the Sky, and have announced more dates with the National and Neko Case at the end of the year! Check the tour page for the most up-to-date list of shows. Order Civilian on CD, LP or digital in the Merge Store now!

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.

Destroyer debuts new video for "Savage Night at the Opera"

Directed by David Galloway, Destroyer's new music video takes you on a nerve-wracking ride through the streets of Vancouver and is the first that features Dan Bejar in the clip! Go to to view, or watch below. Kaputt is in stores on CD, double-LP, and digital download now!

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

Destroyer interview footage from Spain!

Dan Bejar was interviewed by Numerocero for this mini-documentary, filmed during Destroyer's recent appearance at the Día de la Música Festival in Madrid.

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  

Jeff Mangum announces new ATP date

Portishead have invited Jeff Mangum to play an extra show on the Sunday of the I'll Be Your Mirror festival, on October 2 in Asbury Park, NJ. Since the addition of the Sunday Jeff Mangum show, ATP have released new "Three Day Jeff Mangum Sunday Passes" - these give access to all three days of the festival to passholders and the Jeff Mangum show on Sunday.

Caribou & Arcade Fire win Juno awards!

Caribou and Arcade Fire took home Juno awards at Saturday's ceremony in Toronto. Caribou's Swim won "Electronic Album of the Year" in the inaugural year for the category. Arcade Fire's The Suburbs took home four awards including Album of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Group of the Year.

Stream Wye Oak's "Civilian" now at NPR Music!

Wye Oak's new album Civilian will be in stores on March 8, but you can stream the whole album now exclusively at NPR Music. NPR's Stephen Thompson says of the record, "Civilian's title track stands out as an alternately ominous and furious rock ringer, but the rest of the record is similarly satisfying while finding practical uses for the spaces between notes. Pay special attention to the masterfully slow-burning, quiet build of 'We Were Wealth,' which blooms subtly into something special. In doing so, it's emblematic of an enormously promising band that's doing the exact same thing."

Caribou remix contest winner Altrice presents "Stem"

Last April, Caribou challenged their fans to a remix contest. They shared the parts of "Sun" from their latest release Swim and waited to see what would happen. The winner was an enthusiastic artist named Altrice who gradually remixed the whole album and called his project Stem.

Wye Oak extend spring "Civilian" tour

Wye Oak are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated third album Civilian with tour dates both here and abroad. Jenn & Andy just finished a run of dates opening for The Decemberists; a pairing that had Time Out NY wondering if "'King' Meloy was ceding ground to a queen of sorts, Jenn Wasner."

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).

Caribou & Arcade Fire nominated for Canadian Juno awards!

Congratulations to Caribou & Arcade Fire on their multiple Juno award nominations! The Juno awards are presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music.

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! 

A Guide to 2010 Merge Digital releases

It’s easy to miss out on some of the digital-only releases we throw your way—the Internet is a pretty crowded place these days! Here’s a quick summary of what you may have missed:

Destroyer announces "Kaputt"

On January 25, Destroyer will release their ninth LP, Kaputt on CD, LP and digital download.

Caribou announce fall tour!

Caribou will return to North America next month for the second string of North American dates in support their latest release, Swim.

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.

Wye Oak announce spring tour

Wye Oak just announced spring tour dates with Shearwater in support of their 2009 release, The Knot! Jenn & Andy will also be in Austin for the SXSW festival. 

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.