Ought are one of the few bands around right now that are able to evolve in subtle ways without feeling like they’re just making…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.
Destroyer’s homecoming show at the Commodore Ballroom last night (Feb. 9th) got off to an inconsiderate start for Seattle guests Mega Bog but slipped…Read More
Titus Andronicus has released the new single “Above the Bodega (Local Business).” The track is off the band’s forthcoming Merge release [A Productive Cough]….Read More
Knowing what you want can make all the difference in life. While people and bands alike can spin their wheels forever without direction, Ought…Read More
Today, Ought share “Disgraced in America,” the second preview from their third long player Room Inside the World, out February 16. The song is…Read More
Today, Destroyer shares a new video for “Stay Lost” from ken, the 12th studio album released by the Dan-Bejar-lead group. Called “a user’s guide…Read More
Out February 16, What a Time to Be Alive features more guest backing vocalists than any previous Superchunk album. Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog,…Read More
March 2nd sees the release of the new studio album A Productive Cough by Titus Andronicus, via Merge Records The “Number One (In New…Read More
Superchunk will release What a Time to Be Alive, on February 16th, 2018, the band’s first album in over four years. “The album is…Read More
While it may have been a little bit of a surprise to see Dan Bejar (aka Destroyer) absent from the recent New Pornographers record,…Read More
Dan Bejar has released the single “Cover From the Sun”. The track is off Destroyer’s forthcoming release ken, out October 20th via Merge Records….Read More
Eight albums deep, the Clientele are masters of a mood and sound, letting their writing do the talking more than ever. Like a magical…Read More