Tuesday, June 12 2012
Some music labels aim to score the next flavor of the week; others, like Saustex in Texas, buckle down and see seminal and compelling backyard styles.
Friday, September 17 2010
In a year marked by indie comebacks and punk-pop's revival, leave it to Superchunk to show both peers and upstarts alike how it's done.
Thursday, July 15 2010
On the heels of their Merge debut, Stuart McLamb of the Love Language opens up about signing to the indie mega-label, the major differences in songwriting and recording between the band's debut album and Libraries, and his love of Amy Grant.
Monday, May 10 2010
Indie is not characterized by a particular business practice, sonic trait, or listening habit alone, but rather as an approach that relies on innovative uses of technology.
Friday, March 5 2010
Jeff Mangum, Yo La Tengo, Will Oldham, Stephin Merritt, the Mountain Goats, the late Jay Reatard, and dozens more pay tribute to one of the best songwriters no one has ever heard of -- and what a joy it is to listen to.
Friday, September 25 2009
Friday, September 11 2009
Despite some generous editorializing, Our Noise is as engaging (and human) a music industry tale as you're ever going to read.
Tuesday, March 6 2007
The artistic license offered by an indie label led to the darker and more ambitious Neon Bible. It brims with arrangements that include a symphony orchestra and a choir recorded in Budapest, Hungary, and a massive church organ. "It felt sometimes like we were making a film rather than a record," Win Butler says.
Friday, October 13 2006
Mac McCaughan creates string charts and listens to tropicalia while running Merge Records, and he doesn't mind if you haven't listened to Superchunk.