Out today is William Tyler’s Lost Colony, the follow-up EP to his critically acclaimed 2013 release Impossible Truth. The limited-edition 12-inch features the new song “Whole New Dude,” a full-band reworking of “We Can’t Go Home Again” from Impossible Truth, and “Karussell,” a cover of a Michael Rother (Neu!) song.More >
Bob Mould has unveiled yet another tantalizing peek at his forthcoming studio album, Beauty & Ruin. This latest glimpse comes in the form of the album’s phenomenal lead single, "I Don't Know You Anymore.”More >
We are proud to announce that Mark Eitzel and Stephin Merritt will play the newly renovated Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University on July 30 as part of Duke Performances’ summer concert series and Merge’s 25th anniversary! Mark will continue the celebration with a short string of east coast dates in early August, some of which include Bruce Kaphan of American Music Club fame and Patrick Main on piano.More >
We are pleased to announce that Chapel Hill’s Spider Bags has joined the Merge roster!
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.”
Reigning Sound is back! We are thrilled to announce the release of Shattered, their first album for Merge and their first full LP since 2009’s Love and Curses. SPIN Magazine premiered "Falling Rain" Monday, describing its, "Dylan-esque vocals that coalesce with roller-rink-ready organ." Stream it below:
The band’s principal songwriter/member is Greg Cartwright, who’s been leading the shifting cast of characters since 2001. You may be familiar with some of the band’s work, as this album is preceded by five studio efforts as well as numerous EPs and live records. Or perhaps some of Greg’s other projects have been on your musical radar: The Oblivians, Parting Gifts, Compulsive Gamblers, 68 Comeback, Deadly Snakes, Detroit Cobras.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 >
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!More >
Los Angeles' Vertical Scratchers have unveiled a sinister new music video for "Way Out" from their debut Daughter of Everything. The new project from John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou, and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere) also announced their first European tour, which begins April 17th in Torino, Italy.
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."
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.
Join us in welcoming Durham, North Carolina's Hiss Golden Messenger to the Merge roster!
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!
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.
In June, The Mountain Goats will descend upon the west coast in their duo formation of John Darnielle and Peter Hughes, affectionally named The Mountain Goats Twin Inhuman Highway Fiends Tour 2014.More >
Flesh Wounds will release “Bitter Boy” b/w “Kennel Cough” and “Let Me Be Clear” on 7-inch vinyl and digital on May 13.
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.
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 is celebrating Record Store Day 2014 with reissues of two of our favorite EPs from our back catalog, each pressed on 12-inch vinyl for the first time ever: Breadwinner’s Burner and Spoon’s Love Ways. Visit your favorite independent record store on April 19 to find these limited-edition releases!
Record Store Day is a yearly celebration in which independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day, and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.
For more information on Record Store Day and where you can find a store near you, visit recordstoreday.com.
On April 29, William Tyler will release Lost Colony, the follow-up EP to his critically acclaimed 2013 release Impossible Truth. The limited-edition 12-inch features the new song “Whole New Dude,” a full-band reworking of “We Can’t Go Home Again” from Impossible Truth, and “Karussell,” a cover of a Michael Rother (Neu!) song.
Pitchfork premiered "Whole New Dude" describing the song as "a gorgeous, emotive guitar instrumental with incredible storytelling capacity." Listen & share below.More >
"Hot and Cold" b/w "Waterfall" and "Everywhere", the limited-edition debut 7-inch from Ex Hex is in stores today. Directed by Lara Gallagher, the "Hot and Cold" video features a cameo by Ians Svenonius and will definitely make you hungry!
Watch the video for "Hot and Cold" now at Pitchfork
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!More >
Richard Buckner has announced the next round of Living Room shows beginning April 10 in Buffalo, NY. Tickets are on sale now!
[These shows] will be acoustic affairs in private homes. Find your town and get a zip code. Purchase a ticket or two and get the whole address. Audiences are more or less 50 strong. They start at 8PM. I just show up with an acoustic guitar, find a chair and thumb-strum into thin air.
But first: March 18th, Merge Records is releasing a 20th anniversary edition of my first album, BLOOMED. There's a bonus disc included with studio, radio and live band performances. Vinyl even! I'll also have some with me at the shows.
A list of tour dates & the full track list of the Bloomed reissue + bonus disc are below.
On March 17, Merge will reissue five classic Superchunk albums on CD and LP in Europe.
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
Bob Mould will release his all-new studio album, Beauty & Ruin on June 3 in the U.S and June 9 for the rest of the world.
Prior to that, Bob will wrap up the intimate 25 Years of Workbook mini-tour with a March 6 return to The Late Show with David Letterman and two final sold out shows March 7 and 8 at New York's City Winery, both featuring Jason Narducy on bass and cellist Alison Chesley.
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.
Our friends at KEXP in Seattle will be joining with us to celebrate our 25th anniversary on March 14 with a day of free rock at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in Austin, TX during the SXSW Music Festival.
KEXP presents Merge Records 25th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, March 14th at Mellow Johnny's (400 Nueces St.)
12:00 PM - Wye Oak
2:00 PM - Vertical Scratchers
4:00 PM - Mac McCaughan
6:00 PM - Ex Hex
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.More >
Vertical Scratchers are hopping in the van and coming to a town near you next month! They will release Daughter of Everything, their debut album, on February 25. Pre-order the album now on CD or LP in the Merge store to receive a free signed poster.
Listen to Daughter of Everything in full and see the beautiful artwork now at Pitchfork Advance.