Far removed from their lo-fi beginnings The Mountain Goats are an intricate, and methodical band with some interesting jazz overtones as of late. With…Read More
Merge Records was started in the summer of 1989, by Laura Ballance & Mac McCaughan, the same summer they formed the band Superchunk in Chapel Hill, NC. The first couple releases were cassettes (remember those?), by WWAX and Bricks, followed by the first Superchunk (then known only as “Chunk”) 7-inch single.
The vinyl 7-inch was the format of choice for the first 3 years of the label, with cash borrowed from friends to finance projects (including singles from Erectus Monotone, Angels of Epistemology, and more Superchunk) and bedrooms serving as Merge HQ until 1992, when the first Merge full-length release, Tossing Seeds by Superchunk, was released on CD, LP, and cassette.
Since ’92 Merge moved from one charming-yet-run-down office to another until 2001, when we finally made the move from Chapel Hill down the road to a fine old building all our own in historic Downtown Durham, NC.
In 2009 Merge Records is celebrating its 20th birthday, and while our roster has changed, rotated, permutated and expanded over the last 20 years, the quality we look for in records as fans is still there in the music we put out on Merge.
Today, the Mountain Goats share “Rain in Soho” off their forthcoming release Goths, out May 19th via Merge Records. The lyrics of “Rain in Soho”…Read More
Swedish indie pop band Shout Out Louds are back, with “Oh Oh”, the first new song from the Stockholm quartet since 2013’s Optica and…Read More
Katie Crutchfield AKA: Waxahatchee will release Out in the Storm, on July 14. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the…Read More
This Record Store Day, Superchunk will release Cup of Sand, their 2003 singles and rarities compilation on vinyl for this first time. The original…Read More
In a dispatch from her tour with Local Natives, Laurel Sprengelmeyer, a.k.a. Little Scream, shares the new video for “Silent Moon” from her album,…Read More
Sneaks, a.k.a. Eva Moolchan, will release her new album It’s a Myth on March 31 through Merge Records. Her latest track “Hair Slick Back”…Read More
May 19th, sees the release of Goths the album from the Mountain Goats. Today, the band shares first single “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back…Read More
Today, Waxahatchee announces a very special tour with Kevin Morby and Mary Lattimore, with each performing intimate solo sets. Katie writes, “I’m excited to…Read More
Lambchop, recently kicked off their European tour, joined by Wye Oak drummer/keyboardist/general multitasker Andy Stack. The new lineup has shared its cover of Prince’s…Read More
Beginning in mid-March, Little Scream will embark on a month-long run of shows with L.A.’s Local Natives. Of the tour, Laurel Sprengelmeyer writes, “I’m…Read More
Today, Allison Crutchfield has shared a brand-new video for “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California,” the latest single from her forthcoming album Tourist in…Read More