Show Archive: Merge Records 25th Anniversary Record Collection – Or Thousands of Prizes

I packed as many of the songs off of Merge Records 25th Anniversary 7-Inch Subscription Collection “Or Thousands of Prizes” into one two hour show, while still maintaining some witty banter with guest J.FRAHM. Highlights include never-before heard tracks, alternate takes and covers from Superchunk, Lambchop, Vertical Scratchers, Redd Kross, Spoon, Ex Hex, The Clientele, and more!1000s

I signed up for one seven-inch record a month. What I got was:

– One seven-inch record a month for a year.

– A gorgeous magnetic-sealed, metal-stamped box to store all the records in.

– A bonus 12″ EP with six current Merge roster bands covering each other.

– a CD of all the seven-inch record tracks

– A surprise mail delivery to kick things off with a special t-shirt and a bunch of stickers.merge

Merge only printed 1200 copies of this, and the numbers are handwritten! Along with the box set of records, the label sponsored a weekend of shows in Chapel Hill and a run for charity with Merge bands playing along the route.

In preparation for this show, I went a little overboard on the social media. Early wins – a retweet by Merge and a response via Instagram from Jason Narducy (bass player for Bob Mould, touring for Superchunk, and heading up his own band Split Single) quickly turned into me making ridiculous demands of Narducy and Bob Mould himself.

This all started because I noticed that there were two glaring omissions from the whole birthday record collection: Bob Mould and Arcade Fire. I love everything about the record collection, but it makes you wonder…

ICYMI: White Reaper Interview

I recently wrote up my favorite albums of 2014 for BFF.fm. One release I couldn’t overlook was White Reaper’s debut EP on Polyvinyl Records. Months after playing this album religiously on my show and spazzing out to it in my spare time, I got to catch up with the whole band via telephone for a recap of their Summer 2014 tour. This was definitely one of the funnest interviews I’ve conducted to date.

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SHOW ARCHIVE: My Last Wednesday!

I’m just gonna play my favorite songs, talk about Margaret Cho’s good deeds , and make a plea to CB Tarver and Matt Sweeney of Chavez to play more shows. I also spin a couple yarns about Polvo, Sebadoh, Unrest and other indie bands.

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SHOW ARCHIVE: New Tunes in November

All new music from Merge Records, Sub Pop, Goner, Burger, Carpark, and a bevy of other indie labels! I also praise Perfume Genius for a very amazing Dick Move on Eminem:

Show Archive and Live: The Singles on BFF.fm and at the Stork Club

Aside from my usual mixed bag of indie/rock goodies, this week┬áI had the pleasure of talking to Vince from The Singles – an LA band with Detroit roots. The Singles kicked off a 2014 tour at the Stork Club in Oakland last night in support of “Look How Fast a Heart Can Break” – their excellent new album that will leave any power pop devotee bouncing. Their music and the phone┬áinterview is about halfway through the show:

The show at the Stork Club was sparse in attendance, but The Singles easily won new fans with their high-energy set. Balancing guitar hooks and dynamic drumming with melodic, walking bass lines and harmonic vocal interplay, this three-piece is certain to catch your ear, whether live or on record. Their Detroit (pronounced Dee-troit) roots show through and fans of the garage and power pop of bands from the Mitten will definitely appreciate where The Singles are coming from.

The Singles live at The Stork Club in Oakland

The Singles live at The Stork Club in Oakland