According to NPR Music, Hospitality's "I Miss Your Bones" is, "easily one of the catchiest songs of the year". We concur. Today, the song's tutorial-happy braid-heavy music video was debuted; watch it, share it, love it now!
Director Lara Gallagher on the video:
When I first heard the song, I was struck by how specific it was—missing someone's BONES. Not their hair or their smell or how much fun they are to be around, but their bones. Beyond my initial brainstorms involving dancing old ladies and milk, I thought about my favorite age group (girls in junior high) and just how weird and specific obsession at this age can be. It also got me thinking about how intangible and digital things have become, and how you can miss someone even if you technically can see them all the time. In this scenario, I think missing someone's bones—the things that make them real and standing before you as opposed to on the internet or in your email—makes total sense.
"I Miss Your Bones" can be found on Hospitality's masterful sophomore release Trouble, available on LP, CD, and digital in the Merge store. Mojo Magazine says Trouble is, "Sweet at its core, but pleasantly dark at the edges." Give it a spin on Spotify or Rdio to find out for yourself!
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!
If you have seen Wye Oak live this year around the release of their new album Shriek, you know "Logic of Color" has become an instant staple in the band's set. The New York Times described the album closer as a “voguish nod to retro synth pop” and Rolling Stone called “triumphant.” “When I wrote this song I knew it would be the last track on the record,” said lead singer Jenn Wasner. “On the surface, it's probably the most straightforward pop song we've ever made. But it's also a song about people and about the creative process—about trying to capture intangible, ephemeral things for a moment and attempting to make them sit still. It's a beautiful process, but one rooted in loss and impermanence—so I wanted it to sound open-ended, like an unfinished thought.”More >
The July 15 release of Reigning Sound's Shattered is just around the corner, and the band has shared their latest track, “My My”. Greg Cartwright said it best: “If this song was wrapped in a package and had a card attached, the card would read: ‘Do not open until summer.’”
The Wall Street Journal premiered “My My” yesterday, calling it “a jangly, jubilant song about the time-honored tradition of going on a date.” Pick up a copy of today's WSJ for an in-depth feature with Greg and the band, conducted at Daptone's Brooklyn studio where Shattered was recorded.More >
In honor of our 25th anniversary, we are bringing to life iconic album covers from the label’s history. From July 18 through August 9, the original artwork from seminal albums by Superchunk, Lambchop, Arcade Fire, Spoon, and over 40 others will be displayed at LIGHT Art+Design in Chapel Hill, NC.More >
“When Saturday comes I'm going to heal myself / When Saturday comes with the lamb and the four swords / I might get a little crazy / Here comes Sunday waiting for me” sings M.C. Taylor on Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Saturday’s Song,” the first offering from the forthcoming album Lateness of Dancers. Stereogum premiered the track, calling it, "a simple song about the plight of the working stiff and the weekend’s elusive promise of release. Every time I hear it, I love it more.”
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)
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.
Reigning Sound's Shattered is out July 15, but Greg Cartwright will be getting his music in a few record stores ahead of time! These will be solo shows, all free, all ages, and open to the public.
Jul 11 Nashville, TN — Fond Object 7pm FREE
Jul 12 Memphis, TN — Goner Records 5pm FREE
Jul 15 Greenville, SC — Horizon Records 7pm FREE
Listen to a few selections off Shattered below, pre-order in the Merge store, and make sure to catch Reigning Sound at a show near you!
"Japanese Vacation" is the second preview from Spider Bags' Frozen Letter, the band's fourth full-length album and first for Merge which will be released on August 5. Consequence of Sound described "Japanese Vacation" by saying, "the mixture of upbeat grooves and unyielding gloominess make for a unique summer anthem, perfect for either cookouts or crying alone in your bedroom." Frozen Letter follows up 2012's acclaimed Shake My Head and is available for pre-order now on CD and LP in the Merge store.
Following the release of 2013’s critically acclaimed Haw and the reissue of the much-lauded album Bad Debt earlier this year, Hiss Golden Messenger returns with his fifth studio album and first for Merge Records on September 9th, entitled Lateness of Dancers. Hiss Golden Messenger has also released an official trailer for Lateness of Dancers; check it out below.More >
New Zealand's finest The Clean and David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights have both announced summer tour dates in the US. David Kilgour will be playing the Friday portion of Merge 25 Festvial before heading down the west coast for several dates. He'll then connect with Robert Scott and Hamish Kilgour in Chicago for a run of shows with The Clean, including an appearance at Harvest Records' Transfigurations II with Merge family members Reigning Sound, William Tyler, and Hiss Golden Messenger.
The Clean's Anthology is out July 15 on 4xLP, part of our 25th anniversary reissue series. Last week, David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights announced details of their new studio album End Times Undone, out August 5. Pre-order both in the Merge store.
This week, Bob Mould premiered the fantastic new video for "I Don't Know You Anymore" on Funny or Die. In the video directed by Alicia J. Rose, Bob is joined by bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster as they scheme to develop an effective marketing strategy for his new single with some inspiration from The Decemberists' Colin Meloy.
"I Don't Know You Anymore" can be found on Bob's new studio album, Beauty & Ruin, which hits record store shelves and online marketplaces today! Order your copy via Merge's website, iTunes, listen on Amazon, Rdio, Spotify, or pick it up at your favorite music retailer.
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.More >
Also out today is the reissue of Sweet Bird of Youth by The Rock*A*Teens, released on vinyl for the first time and including a bonus download of one of the band’s last shows before disbanding in 2002. The band is reuniting for a pair of sold out hometown shows at The Earl in Atlanta this weekend, with an east coast tour on deck this summer including a stop at Merge 25!More >
This week, King Khan & the Shrines embark on a massive tour beginning at Chaos in Tejas and kicking off the Merge 25 summer series with Duke Performances on Tuesday, June 3! Don't miss this rare chance to wail, testify, and celebrate with the Maharaja of Soul.
See the full list of dates below, and check out their epic video for "Born to Die" from Idle No More, available on CD, LP and digital now in the Merge store.More >
End Times Undone is the new album by The Clean co-founder David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights, due August 5 in the US and August 18 everywhere else. The band has shared a music video for breezy standout "Comin' On" via The AV Club, and New Zealand's largest independent radio station 95bFM is playing the song throughout the day.More >
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.
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!More >
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.
Carrboro's Flesh Wounds have announced June tour dates, including two performances at Northside Festival in Brooklyn on June 15. These are the band's first out-of-town shows as a quartet and first since releasing "Bitter Boy" b/w "Kennel Cough" & "Let Me Be Clear" on May 13, which Pitchfork called, "a brazen ripper and an essential slab of wax." A list of dates below.
Hospitality is literally all over the map: the Brooklyn trio is currently touring Europe for the first time, which included a performance with Cloud Nothings in Stockholm last night and concludes with a performance at Primavera in Barcelona. North American shows were announced today, including stops at Merge 25 in North Carolina, Osheaga Festival of Music and Arts in Montreal, and dates with fellow Merge family members Ex Hex amongst others.
Trouble is the band's second album, available now in the Merge store, at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Rdio, and your local independent record store. Bust Magazine says Trouble is, "a record that effortlessly strikes that jittery balance between escapism, existentialism, and mountains of emptiness".More >
In stores and available online today is the May installment of our ongoing 25th Anniversary reissue series, 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.
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.
The band’s principal songwriter/member Greg Cartwright had this to say about the track:
This song really came together about a week before I mixed it. While listening and trying to decide how to approach it, I realized it needed a bridge. That’s a hell of a thing to realize two months after you record a song! Then it struck me that perhaps I could make a tape edit and drop in with an acoustic guitar and play the bridge solo. I realized I’d need a little help pulling off the effect so I asked my friends The Memphis Dawls to lay strings on the track as well. We were very pleased to find that the violin and cello really brought the whole song to a new place and made the new bridge seem like it had always been there.
Frozen Letter is the fourth full-length album by Chapel Hill's Spider Bags and its first for Merge, out August 5 in the US, August 18 in Europe! Frozen Letter follows up 2012's acclaimed Shake My Head and is available for pre-order now on CD and LP on red vinyl in the Merge store. Opening track "Back With You Again in the World" is the kind of up-tempo, riff-driven rocker that Spider Bags have made their trademark, augmented by an Andy Mackay-style sax solo. Stream it now on SoundCloud:More >
The album is a compilation of songs from across The Clean’s legendary musical career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge originally released the 2-CD Anthology in 2003, but in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we felt the time was right to release this essential collection on quadruple LP.
Wye Oak's Shriek was released yesterday to enthusiastic reviews worldwide, and features on Stereogum, Grantland, 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 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