Countdown to the 20th anniversary of highly-regarded label commences next month.
By Blurt Staff
Mark your calendars for September 8: that’s when Merge
starts precorders for SCORE! Merge
Records: The First 20 Years, a deluxe subscription-only box set with
special artwork and packaging. Quantities will be limited to the number
of subscribers who enroll between the September 8 start date and the January
2009 delivery of the first two volumes.
The first two volumes will kick off a series of 14 custom-curated
compilations spanning the Merge Records catalogue, each featuring the curators’
handpicked Merge selections as well as exclusively commissioned original
artwork. These compilations and additional exclusive content will be delivered
only to SCORE! subscribers throughout
Merge’s 20th anniversary year of 2009.
The curators of the first volumes will be Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Phil Morrison,
director of Junebug, The Upright Citizens Brigade and numerous music videos.
Curators for future volumes will include Amy Poehler, David Byrne, author
Jonathan Lethem, artist Marcel Dzama, Momofuku chef David Chang and many
more to be announced.
Additionally, the entire SCORE!
Merge Records: The First 20 Years project will benefit specific charitable
causes handpicked by the curators. Various SCORE!-related
projects and special events commemorating the first two decades of the label
will also be announced through the run-down to the official anniversary bash