Friday, February 29, 2008

Oakley Hall rock NYC, McCarren Pool, and October Road!

Oakley Hall will play the Knitting Factory NYC TONIGHT, February 29! Mike Bones, Company, and Oneida join them on the bill.

Also, Angela will be featured on Monday Night's episode of October Road! You can buy a copy of Oakley Hall's I'll Follow You HERE!

New tour dates with The Constantines have been added to the site, so don't miss them!

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Shout Out Louds like Food

Ted from Shout Out Louds chatted with Julia Simon at about some of his favorite Swedish delicacies. Yum or yuck? What do you think?

Also, we just announced a very exciting Shout Out Louds contest for you lucky New Yorkers!

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Wye Oak on WERS!

Wye Oak will stop by Boston's WERS today for an in-studio in advance of their show TONIGHT at the Middle East Club!

Tune in at 2pm eastern TODAY HERE

Wye Oak on the road:
02.22.2008 * Cambridge MA @ The Middle East Upstairs
02.24.2008 * New York NY @ Cake Shop
03.01.2008 * Baltimore MD @ Creative Alliance
03.14.2008 * Austin TX The Parish
04.11.2008 * Baltimore MD @ G-Spot
04.12.2008 * Brooklyn NY @ Union Hall
04.13.2008 * Washington DC @ Black Cat
05.02.2008 * Toronto ON @ Over the Top Festival @ Sneaky Dee's

If Children is out April 8!

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American Music Club on Stripwax

Stripwax, The World's Only Comic Strip Record Review, offered this review of American Music Club's newly released album, The Golden Age. Listen to The Golden Age here and buy it here!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Intern Corner: Life sucks, get a helmet

Stolen cars, broken glass, bodily harm. It's not the next Hollywood blockbuster, but it is just as exciting! Maybe.

The team of Merge Records interns work day in and day out to keep things going smoothly for the label. As the secret backbone of Merge, we expect nothing more than a CD or two and some good karma as reward for our menial-yet-indispensable tasks. And what do we get? A string of bad luck. Heather had her car stolen (she would later learn that it was taken by a less traditional carjacker, known as "Tow Truck Guy."), Jose got a flat tire and shattered a full-length mirror in his bedroom, and I separated a joint in my shoulder after a dog collided with my bicycle and my shoulder collided with the pavement.

And that was just last week! It turns out while the bad luck affecting the Merge intern crew might have weekends off, it starts back early Monday morning. It's a real workingman's curse.

Anyway, about half the interns have been afflicted with an unknown condition characterized by coughing, sneezing, and a general feeling of crappiness.

This bad luck leads me to a single conclusion: a mysterious and ancient curse was placed on a box of records in the Merge basement and was unleashed upon the interns when the tape that sealed the corrugated cardboard was disturbed by infidels in search of ANCIENT EGYPTIAN BURIAL GOLD!!!

Or maybe we are just unlucky. All this goes to show that life truly can suck, so wear a helmet. And wash your hands.

Jay "J-Lo" Lowe
Merge Intern


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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

American Music Club Release Day Extravaganza!


The band is currently touring Europe but N. American tour dates will commence in April! CLICK HERE for the dates!

To celebrate the release of The Golden Age, WMBR's Breakfast of Champions has declared the album CD OF THE WEEK!

The Victory Choir has also been declared SONG OF THE DAY by KCMP - The Current!

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day from Merge!


Oakley Hall on Popmatters

Great Oakley Hall feature on Popmatters today.

Listen to "No Dreams" from I'll Follow You here.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Breadth of Dan's Hair is Amazing!

The New Pornographers video for "Myriad Harbor" features Dan Bejar and lots and lots of hair! We are in love.

Video courtesty of Gorilla vs. Bear

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Radar Bros. hit Little Radio

Jim Putnam stopped by Little Radio to play a sample from their new album, Auditorium!

CLICK HERE to listen to the set!

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10 Years of In the Aeroplane over the Sea

Neutral Milk Hotel released In the Aeroplane over the Sea ten years ago this year, and the internet is all a titter!

Pitchfork dug up interviews with Jeff Mangum in 1997. Stereogum did a long celebratory post with links to several live videos. And NPR did a "listener's choice" podcast featuring the song "In the Aeroplane over the Sea."

If, somehow, you lack this essential record in your collection, we can help!

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Rock*A*Teens Video

Great "blast from the past" video by Jefrey Siler. A gentle reminder of the awesomeness that was The Rock*A*Teens featuring cameos from Mac, Jon, and Kelly Hogan.

Fill the holes in your Rock*A*Teens collection here, and check out Chris Lopez' current project, Tenement Halls.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Lykke Li performs with the Swedish all star band -- Directed by Ted Malmros and features Adam & Bebban of Shout Out Louds!

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