Saturday, July 18, 2009

Merge Records Turns 20

Merge Records is a great independent music success story. The label was started in Chapel Hill, NC (later moved to Durham) by Superchunk members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance. They have gathered an extraordinary collection of talent including Neutral Milk Hotel, Arcade Fire and The Magnetic Fields and put out some amazing albums. SCORE! is a box set of Merge songs covered by other bands you can listen to here. Algonquin is publishing Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records in September. Bob Boilen talks with the founders and plays some great songs here. Merge artists on Super Collide here and here.

(photo credit: Merge Records logo, wikipedia.org)