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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." 

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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.

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The Music Tapes Announce Week of Free, Final Performances of The Traveling Imaginary, Launch The Orbiting Human Circus

As a thank you to the fans who funded the show’s creation via Kickstarter and as a celebration of the launch of their new arts organization, The Orbiting Human Circus, The Music Tapes have announced a special, limited engagement run of their very first theatrical production, The Traveling Imaginary, September 3-6 at the 133rd St. Arts Center Lab in New York City.

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Saint Rich's "Beyond the Drone" is coming! Watch a new teaser and see the band on tour!

Beyond the Drone, the debut record from Saint Rich, will be released on October 1 in the US and October 28 in Europe. Watch a teaser, featuring a passage from the record -- a Harrison-esque slide guitar solo by Steve Marion with string accompaniment composed by Marion and Yeasayer's Anand Wilder, performed by Wilder. Delicate Steve, the cult-favorite New Jersey instrumental outfit which includes Steve Marion and Christian Peslak, is performing tonight at Maxwell's, chosen to play the very last show held at the legendary Hoboken, NJ venue.

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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.

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Merge welcomes Saint Rich in October with Beyond the Drone

Merge Records is delighted to welcome Saint Rich with the release of their debut album, Beyond the Drone on October 1 in the US and October 28 in Europe! Saint Rich is the musical partnership of Delicate Steve bandmates Christian Peslak and Steve Marion.

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Divine Fits release lyric videos in advance of 12-inch single out July 23

Having debuted their double-A-side "Ain't That the Way"/ "Chained to Love" single with a one-time-only CONAN medley performance last month, Divine Fits have now unveiled a pair of lyric videos for the two songs. Watch new lyric videos for "Ain't That the Way" and "Chained to Love" directed by Marianne Spellman now. Two new t-shirt designs--each inspired by one of the new single covers and designed by Grammy award winning art director Michael Carney--are also available now at the Divine Fits store.

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Celebrate Merge Records with the Durham Bulls on Thursday, July 18!

The Durham Bulls have invited Merge to provide the walk-up music for the team’s July 18 home game against the Pawtucket Red Sox, which will begin at 7:05 pm. We are celebrating our 24th anniversary this month, and the Bulls are joining the party! The Durham Bulls play their home games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, or DBAP (dee-bap), located just down the road from Merge HQ in the downtown area of Durham, North Carolina.

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Polvo returns with Siberia in October

Polvo will release Siberia, their sixth full-length album, on CD, LP and digital on October 1 in the US and October 14 in Europe. During their initial run from 1990–1998, Polvo crafted a sound so fantastically obstinate and so perfectly cockeyed that its DNA is essentially resistant to mediocrity or repetition.

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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.