Published Oct 31, 2013Beloved indie rock institution Merge Records is getting ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, and the festivities will begin with a new 7-inch subscription series that includes roster faves Superchunk, Destroyer, King Khan and the Shrines, and more.
A press release from the North Carolina imprint explains that its Or Thousands of Prizes project will unfurl over the course of the year and feature 25 new tracks from its artists. Other acts attached thus far include Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, the Mountain Goats, the Clientele and Lambchop.
The series will arrive as 12 separate slabs of coloured vinyl, of which most will be split singles. The label also noted that subscribers will be treated to a fancy box to house all that vinyl, "an exclusive T-shirt commemorating 25 years of Merge Records, a 'surprise' bonus 12-inch, a CD and digital download of all Or Thousands of Prizes tracks." On top of that, it will include an updated e-book of the label's The Merge Records Companion.
Though the songs have yet to be detailed, the first two singles will arrive in February. You can sign up for the series over here.
While song details are slim for Or Thousands of Prizes, Superchunk have done their fans a spooky solid by unveiling their latest Halloween single. Like in years past, it's a Misfits cover, and this time around they're tackling "Children in Heat." Apparently they tried to spice up their song selection this year, but sometimes you just can't mess with a good thing.
"In what has become a sometimes-annual event, we've recorded a classic Misfits tune for you on Halloween, this time 'Children in Heat,'" guitarist/vocalist/Merge founder Mac McCaughan said in a statement. "We really did try to branch out this year but our version of Alien Sex Fiend's 'Now I'm Feeling Zombified' just wasn't coming together."
You can stream the cover down below, and nab it as an MP3 if you pre-order Or Thousands of Prizes before November 30.
All proceeds from Or Thousands of Prizes will go to Oxfam America.