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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

February 23, 2009
Organized to commemorate two decades of the seminal label, which began in 1989 in the North Carolina college town of Chapel Hill "with a handful of 4-track recordings, a couple of cassette tapes, and some hand-stuffed 7-inch vinyl," the scale of the MERGE 20th ANNIVERSARY schedule has all the signs of an epic undertaking.

First there was SCORE!, a subscription-only box set with a line-up of contributors featuring The Shins, Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Death Cab For Cutie, The National, the New Pornographers and others. The subscription deadline for the one-time project was January 11th, and subscribers will begin receiving their stream of wares in March, several weeks ahead of the official release. The haul on the aptly-named SCORE! includes "14 compilations curated by the likes of Peter Buck, Amy Poehler, David Byrne, Miranda July and Jonathan Lethem, the SCORE! Covers album of non-Merge artists playing their favorite tracks from the Merge catalogue, a remix collection featuring reinterpretations of Merge classics, the MRG discography cover art book, and bonuses including a full-length Scharpling & Wurster CD, Superchunk's digital-only live bootleg The Clambakes Vol 4.: Sur La Bouche--Live in Montreal 1993, and more."

Along with donating all proceeds from SCORE! to Oxfam and other specific charitable causes handpicked by the curators, the folks at Merge have also officially announced the XX Merge Festival, "five days of music by Merge artists past and present in the summer heat of sunny North Carolina" to mark their anniversary. Specifics on the festival, which has been confirmed to run July 22-26, are still being released.

SEE ALSO: www.mergerecords.com/score

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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