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Ryan Adams, Laura Cantrell join Merge Records covers disc project

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.

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Madness, sadness, love, crime, death, hope, drugs, booze and religion. Ryan Adams wrote the songs throughout his tumultuous and confusing twenties. It's a compelling confusion - full of complex stories and recurring themes that fit a cohesive concept. A track that would have fit Adams' 2005 albums recorded with the Cardinals, "Carolina Rain" is all pedal steel and Southern Gothic storytelling. But "29" is a solo effort, with producer Ethan Johns providing most of the »»»
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You'd think an artist as prolific as Ryan Adams has been in the last few years would find it difficult to stick to a certain kind of genre over the course of an album. And indeed, his sprawling major-label debut, "Gold," included everything from a Stones-y rave up to soulful ballads tinged with Van Morrison. After spelunking into 1990s style rock on "Rock n Roll" and dirgeful melodrama on "Love Is Hell," however, Adams is making some of the most focused - and best - music of his career. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Carlile takes her chances on feeling "Blue" – During a rare moment sitting at the piano and appropriately dressed in blue, Brandi Carlile paraphrased a memorable Joni Mitchell quote. Basically, it went that, if you listen to Joni Mitchell music and only picture Mitchell - but not yourself - something is wrong. While Carlile, who performed Mitchell's "Blue" album in its entirety for... »»»
Concert Review: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
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