Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Julian - son of Friend of Merge, Karen Glauber

Bebban - daughter of Sasha Bell (The Essex Green)

Here are a couple of Merge babies to send you off on your Thanksgiving holiday. In the true spirit of giving, instead of running out to the mall on "Black Friday," subscribe to SCORE! in the comfort of your own home! All proceeds go to charity. And check back on Monday for some excellent sales in the Merge store.

Also, this just in! Listen to NPR's Morning Edition on Friday morning for an interview with Conor Oberst!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lambchop in a Black Cab

Check out other Black Cab sessions including Spoon at

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Caribou donates Polaris money to charity

photo from Polaris awards ceremony

Caribou Donates Polaris Prize Money to Charities
11/20/2008 By Brock Thiessen

If there was any doubt Dan Snaith was an all-around nice guy, the man better known as Caribou is giving his $20,000 Polaris Prize money to charity. Via Caribou’s website, Snaith recently announced that two Canadian charities — Ecojustice and the Stephen Lewis Foundation — will receive the bulk of the cash prize, while the remaining money will be used to finance Caribou’s next album, which he’s in the early stages of recording, he revealed.

When discussing his choices of charities, Snaith had this to say about donating to Ecojustice: "I have always thought of Canada as an environmentally progressive place... however, recently the Canadian government has acted as a global obstacle to climate action. In a study this year Canada ranked 29th out of 30 industrialized nations for tackling climate change."

On the Stephen Lewis Foundation, he said: "They fund community-based projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, which address the fact that the AIDS epidemic affects not only those infected but their care networks and communities as a whole, emphasizing women, orphans and grandmothers."

According to CBC Radio 3 (which alerted us to this story), previous Polaris Prize winner Patrick Watson allegedly spent the $20,000 on a hot tub and a crashed rental van, while Final Fantasy invested his money back into Blocks Recording Club and helped his boyfriend pay off some student loans. (We’ll leave it up to you to decide which winner has spent his money most wisely.)

As previously reported, Caribou took home this year’s Polaris Prize for his 2007 album, Andorra.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Rosebuds LIVE on KEXP today, 11/20!!

Tune in to KEXP.ORG today, 11/20, at 4pm pacific to hear The Rosebuds LIVE on KEXP!

The Rosebuds are currently rocking the west coast, so be sure to catch them!

11.20 Seattle WA Tractor Tavern
11.21 Anacortes WA The Department of Safety
11.22 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge
11.24 San Francisco CA The Independent
11.25 Los Angeles CA The Echo
11.26 Tucson AZ Solar Culture Gallery
11.28 Denton TX Hailey's
11.29 Austin TX Mohawk
12.01 Atlanta GA The Earl
12.03 Raleigh NC The Pour House

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Broken West retool on Daytrotter

The Broken West stopped by Daytrotter on their last tour to rework some of the songs on I Can't Go On, I'll Go On, and this fall's Now or Heaven.

Give it a listen!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"You wouldn't be there, I'd be out with my ho's"

Wye Oak discuss Lil Wayne and much more at Watch clips or view the interview in it's entirety.

Wye Oak's debut album, If Children, is available on CD and digital download in the Merge store.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Chazzy from Guv'ner checks in!


Truly great things are afoot, what with the election of our new president on Tuesday, and more recently, the nationwide release of Role Models.

First: Obama!! Tied for first: Role Models, a raunchy comedy with a sweet aftertaste (not official tagline). The number two movie in our renewed democracy!! (not official tagline either)

I wrote and performed the end-credits song "Love Take Me Down" and helped my good friend Craig Wedren with the score. The soundtrack should be on iTunes any day. Paul Rudd stars, David Wain directs! Don't bring the kids, but do spread the word!

In other news, my music is featured in a film on photographer Catherine Opie's retrospective at the Guggenheim. Watch it!

Charles "Chazzy" Gansa of Guv'ner

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Conor Oberst debuts "Nicorette" on Conan


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Broken West LIVE on KEXP Today, 11/11!

The Broken West will stop by KEXP this afternoon for a live session! Tune in around 4pm pacific, 7 eastern, for the set and interview!

Later tonight, they're playing the Tractor Tavern in Seattle with the Heartless Bastards.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Lambchop & Wye Oak cheer Obama to victory in a European truckers' lounge!

email & photos sent to Merge from Wye Oak

Hey Pals,

I'm sure everyone over at Merge HQ has had a spring in their step in the last few days. We each breathed a huge sigh of relief when the election returns came in. As it happened, we were on a ferry boat between England and France when the election got called. We (Jenn and myself, and the members of Dr. Dog) all huddled around the only television we could find, in the commercial truckers' lounge on the boat, and watched Obama make his speech. And who should we happen to run into in that lounge but Kurt Wagner and his Lambchop team! They were on the same boat, headed for continental Europe to play some shows. We all shared a drink in the spirit of hope and then parted ways. Since then, everyone over here at our European shows has been in high spirits about the shift in US politics. It's a great time to be American!

Andy + Jenn

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