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This Week In Mixery: Sun

Today Deschanel/Ward backed She & Him released the first single from their upcoming sophomore effort, “Volume Two”, entitled “In The Sun”. Out of excitement, here’s a sun-themed mixery to get you through your weekend.

Sun Mixery[zip]

MP3: She and Him – “In The Sun”
MP3: The Veils – “Sun Gangs”
MP3: Grand Archives – “A Setting Sun”
MP3: Shearwater – “Runners Of The Sun”
MP3: Viva Voce – “Midnight Sun”
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Music Lesson: Merge Records

mergedigital_newsA while ago I did a series on the differences between what makes a record label major or indie. Today I’d like to point some attention at a local NC label that is doing a little celebrating this year, Chapel Hill’s own Merge Records.

In 1989 the group Superchunk (originally just Chunk) decided they wanted to release a record, so they made up their own label and decided to call it Merge. Exactly 20 years later Merge has gained one hell of a track record, from being the relocated home to some of the Elephant Six Collective (Neutral Milk Hotel, Music Tapes), to an outlet for locals like the Rosebuds Merge is one of the best labels in indie music today. (For a complete listing, check it here). Continue reading

In Review: M. Ward – Hold Time

m_ward-hold_time-artThe last time Matt Ward dropped an album was 2006’s Post-War, which means for the past three years he hasn’t been up to much, right? Not exactly.

Over the past couple of years it seems like you couldn’t get away from the name M. Ward if you tried. He appeared on two Bright Eyes records, co-produced + collaborated + appeared on both of Jenny Lewis’s solo albums, and is the him behind last year’s nostalgic and critically acclaimed She & Him. With his name being attached to so much creative success it’s no wonder that by the time he got around to dropping a new LP expectations would be pretty high.

This Tuesday when “Hold Time” hit the shelves I had to wonder how many of its purchasers would be actual M. Ward fans or She & Himmer’s hoping for more. If you are of the latter camp I have to imagine that there were only two song on this album you truly enjoyed and those would be “Never Had Nobody Like You” and “Rave On” – both featuring Zooey Deschanel.

So for the rest of you, here’s the skinny on the new M. Ward.

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