Merge Records At 25 : World Cafe Superchunk members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance tell the story of the label they founded in 1989. We also hear live recordings from Merge's 25th-anniversary festival.

Merge Records At 25

Merge Records at 25

Superchunk bandmates Laura Ballance (left) and Mac McCaughan (second from left) founded Merge Records in 1989. Jason Arthurs/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Superchunk bandmates Laura Ballance (left) and Mac McCaughan (second from left) founded Merge Records in 1989.

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The label that's brought you Arcade Fire, Spoon, The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and Superchunk turned 25 last year. Superchunk bandmates Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan formed Merge Records just to release singles from their band and friends in 1989.

On this episode of World Cafe, we'll discuss the label's emergence as a major force. We'll also hear performances from Superchunk, Telekinesis, The Rock*A*Teens and others recorded at last summer's 25th-anniversary Merge Festival in Carrboro, N.C.

Set List

Hospitality, "Rockets And Jets"

Hospitality, "Rockets and Jets"

Reigning Sound, "Never Coming Home"

Reigning Sound, "Never Coming Home"

The Rock*A*Teens, "Tuesday's Just As Bad"

The Rock*A*Teens, "Tuesday's Just As Bad"

Superchunk, "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo"

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Superchunk, "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo"

Telekinesis, "Lean On Me"

Telekinesis, "Lean On Me"

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