We pretty much think the last good music made came out in the ’90s — and the guys and girls of Merge Records were behind a lot of it. Indie rock bands like Superchunk, Seam, and Neutral Milk Hotel provided the soundtrack for our teenage lives and beyond.
Merge Records is special not only because of the great music it puts out, but also because the label founders are musicians themselves. Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of Superchunk founded the label, and it’s their artist-focused aesthetic that really drives the Merge machine. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer three lucky Frisky readers copies of the new Merge Records history book, Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records. Written by John Cook with help from Ballance and McCaughan, Our Noise offers an inside glimpse into the label — and bands — that helped shake indie rock history. [$16.20, Barnes&Noble]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away three copies of Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us about your first music concert — who it was and why you loved it by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2010. We’ll pick our three favorite stories and announce the winner Friday, September 24. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!
And check out this hilarious new video from Superchunk for their song “Digging for Something” off their first new album in nine years, Majesty Shredding.