Or Thousands of Prizes is a subscription-based, bonus-filled box set celebrating Merge Records’ twenty-fifth anniversary. Throughout 2014, subscribers will receive twelve 7-inches (split singles, mostly) on colored vinyl featuring exclusive, newly released tracks from 25 Merge artists including Superchunk, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, the Mountain Goats, The Clientele, Destroyer, King Khan & the Shrines, Lambchop, and more.
The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle revealed via Twitter his offering is a cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Shot in the Dark."
In addition, subscribers will receive exclusive Or Thousands of Prizes bonus items and gear, including:
- A collector’s box to show off and organize the 7-inch collection
- An exclusive t-shirt commemorating 25 years of Merge Records
- A surprise bonus 12-inch
- A CD compilation and digital download of all Or Thousands of Prizes songs to be given away at the end of the series
- An updated and newly issued e-book version of our visual discography, The Merge Records Companion
PLUS, all subscribers will have first access to tickets for special Merge anniversary events and be entered to win giveaways throughout 2014!
Proceeds from the box set will be donated to Oxfam America, a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. They save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty, and campaign for social change. Learn more at oxfamamerica.org.
The cost of each box set subscription is $125, which includes free domestic standard shipping. Two 7-inches will be shipped bimonthly starting in February 2014, along with bonus materials throughout the year. Or Thousands of Prizes is a limited-edition, subscription-only set and can only be purchased via the Merge online store. The singles will not be available individually or sold in stores.
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