Bob Mould is also pleased to confirm a release week performance on CONAN on June 4, airing at 11 p.m. EDT on TBS. More >
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.
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. 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.
"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! More >
“[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 More >
Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee writes: “On a bright clear day sometime in the near or distant future, Quetzalcoatl will come to Earth. Upon arrival, he will scorch a tract of barren land and draw a line in the ash with his terrible talon. On one side of the line he will place Merge; on the other, everything else. Those on the Merge side will then take hold of the mighty winged serpent’s scales and fly with him to live among the stars. They will know all the color and magic of existence, happy and free forever. Those on the other side? Well… we’re glad we’re with Merge.” More >
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 Lambchop—performing their iconic album Nixon front to back—in 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.More >
Director Danny Perez on the video:
"Inspired by Tom Rubnitz and the mania of children's-show programming, I wanted to use John's elastic performance in a psychedelic location. Using the colors and geometry of the set, the video is cut rapidly to the fast-paced song to create a dizzying and optical experience."
John Schmersal adds, "Danny is probably the only person I know who could make being confined in a straitjacket for several hours a liberating experience." More >
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. More >
Chief songwriter M.C. Taylor's official statement on today's news:
I've been buying Merge records for about half of my time on Earth, so I am very stoked and deeply gratified to be joining their esteemed ranks. I hear the steak tartare in the Merge Cantina is wonderful, and I look forward to trading in all of my cash for company scrip, known as Mergebucks (which is not yet legal tender but should be soon, they assure me). Onwards! More >
Today, Stereogum also premiered a video for track “The Tower” off of the upcoming record. Watch the video now. More >
The Independent Weekly premiered the news with a stream of "Bitter Boy" to listen and share below. The limited-edition "Bitter Boy" b/w "Kennel Cough" and "Let Me Be Clear" 7-inch is available for pre-order now in the Merge store.
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! More >