Thursday, October 16, 2008
– Ryan Adams and Laura Cantrell are among the artists participating in a Merge Records collection, covering songs from the Merge Records catalogue.
"SCORE! Merge Records: The First 20 Years" also features bands such as Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie and The National.
The collection is available for $179 through the record label's web site until Nov. 8. The price will increase $20 after that date. Included will be the covers disc, a subscription-only box set featuring 14 curated Merge compilations, a remix collection featuring reinterpretations of Merge classics, MRG and a discography cover art book. Subscribers will receive the sixteen CDs, MRG, and other exclusive content in the mail throughout 2009, Merge's 20th Anniversary year and a box to put them in.
The Merge Covers Album is nearing completion, with the following artists having contributed interpretations of their favorites from the Merge catalogue (and a few more expected): Ryan Adams
Apples In Stereo, Bright Eyes, Bill Callahan, Laura Cantrell,
Death Cab for Cutie, Dirty Projectors,
Calvin Johnson, Ted Leo, Les Savy Fav, Barbara Manning, Mountain Goats,
The National, New Pornographers, Okkervil River, Quasi,
Times New Viking and Tracey Thorn & Jens Lekman
The Merge Remix Album is nearly finished as well, with mixes having been submitted thus far by: Battles, Caribou, Jason Forrest, Hands Off Cuba, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), Junior Boys, John McEntire, Barbara Morgenstern, Mark Robinson and Trey Told 'Em (Gregg Gillis & Frank Musarra)
Curators for the next 12 volumes are Amy Poehler, David Byrne, Miranda July, Jonathan Lethem, artist Marcel Dzama, Momofuku chef David Chang, Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo, Zach Galifianakis, New Yorker critic/The Rest Is Noise author Alex Ross, Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi, and artists Andrea Zittel and Kara Walker. The "SCORE! Merge Records: The First 20 Years" project will benefit specific charitable causes handpicked by these curators.