Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Google Play premieres Merge mini-documentary, offers free downloads
by Allison Hussey
on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM
which has a short documentary about Merge in addition to several tracks by label bands that Google Play users can download. Among these tunes are Merge-on-Merge covers: Hiss Golden Messenger does Spoon, while Superchunk does Wye Oak. The Mountain Goats' stripped-down piano take on "Who You Are" by American Music Club is a particular strong point. The documentary highlights the early days of Merge Records and its unconventional beginning, and includes interviews with co-founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance, bands and friends of the label alike.
You can stream the documentary and check out those tracks here.
Quick, maybe frustrating heads-up: Though some tracks are free to download, you'll still have to enter your credit card information to process the "sale." Commerce.
July is the Month of Merge, as the label continues its yearlong windup in celebration of its 25th anniversary and a festival the end of the month. The latest of their promotions comes from