Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Humpday Covers : Score! 20 Years of Merge Records- The Covers!

For this installment of Humpday Covers we will be covering Merge's Cover Compilation.

Merge Records is probably one of my favorite record labels out there. It is rare these days to be able to pick up an album of an artist you have never heard about and know that you will probably like it based on the artist's record label. Oh and I forgot to mention that Merge, originally located in Chapel Hill, is located in my hometown of Durham, NC. Do I have to explain any more why Merge is one of my favorite record companies?

Anyways, Merge put out a compilation to celebrate their 20th birthday and they decided to release twenty tracks covering some of the best songs Merge has put out.

Some of my favorites include Ryan Adams' cover of Superchunk's Like a Fool, Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl Frontman) & Jens Lekman's cover of the Magnetic Fields' song Yeah! Oh Yeah!

Here is a Track List:

1. Quasi - "Beautiful Things" (3Ds)
2. Les Savy Fav - "Precision Auto" (Superchunk)
3. The Shins - "Plenty Is Never Enough" (Tenement Halls cover)
4. St. Vincent and the National - "Sleep All Summer" (Crooked Fingers)
5. Broken Social Scene - "Complications" (The Clean)
6. Ryan Adams - "Like a Fool" (Superchunk)
7. Bright Eyes - "Papa Was a Rodeo" (Magnetic Fields)
8. Lavender Diamond - "New Ways of Living" (Destroyer)
9. The Apples in Stereo - "King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 3" (Neutral Milk Hotel)
10. Laura Cantrell - "Cowboy on the Moon" (Lambchop)
11. Bill Callahan - "Santa Maria" (Versus)
12. Barbara Manning - "Through With People" (Portastatic)
13. The Mountain Goats - "Drug Life" (East River Pipe)
14. The New Pornographers - "Don't Destroy This Night" (Rock*A*Teens)
15. Tracey Thorn and Jens Lekman - "Yeah! Oh, Yeah!" (Magnetic Fields)
16. The Hive Dwellers - "My Noise" (Superchunk)
17. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - "The Numbered Head" (Robert Pollard)
18. Okkervil River - "All You Little Suckers" (East River Pipe)
19. Death Cab for Cutie - "Kicked In" (Superchunk)
20. Times New Viking - "Neighborhood #1" (Arcade Fire)

Please go out and buy this record, it is only available for a limited time. Even if you have never heard of any of these artist's at least check it out. Merge has some really great artists.

Listen to
Quasi - Beautiful Things (Originally by 3ds)

Stream the whole album along with the most recent Merge releases here!

Buy Score! 20 Years of Merge Records - The Covers

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