Allison Crutchfield will release her first album Tourist In This Town, for Merge records on January 27th. Today she releases the Lara Gallagher directed…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.
The Magnetic Fields’ first two albums, The Wayward Bus and Distant Plastic Trees, will make their debut appearance on vinyl in December 2016, packaged…Read More
Merge Records’ latest signing Sneaks is streaming “Red”. The track is taken from the forthcoming reissue of her debut album Gymnastics. Clocking in at…Read More
Ahead of the release of Hiss Golden Messenger’s full-length Heart Like a Levee, due for release on October 7 via Merge Records, the band…Read More
The wait is over! On September 9, Teenage Fanclub return with Here, the band’s first album in six years. Here offers four each by…Read More
Will Butler has released “Friday Night,” a new video directed by comedian Jo Firestone and starring Will and his family as they take a…Read More
Merge Records will release Hiss Golden Messenger’s Heart Like A Levee on October 7th. Listen to the first song, “Biloxi,” is now streaming. “The…Read More
Singer/songwriter Allison Crutchfield, has signed with Merge Records. Crutchfield has been writing and performing songs over the years, most notably in her co-founding projects…Read More
Titus Andronicus , through their perennially punishing tour schedule, have become one of the hardest working bands in the business. Their album S+@DIUM ROCK :…Read More
M Ward shares the video for “Slow Driving Man” today, which was directed by Carlos Forster and features M. Ward and Conor Oberst. The…Read More
Wye Oak will release a collection of eight tracks, almost abandoned for various reasons during the years between 2011 and 2014. The songs on…Read More
With their May 2016 North American Tour now complete, What better time, then, to reveal another video from the hotly anticipated new live LP,…Read More