Tag Archives: Merge Records

OLD GODS HIDING IN LONG GRASS: The Clientele’s Music for the Age of Miracles

Oh, hi there! Don’t mind the bobbing balloons and confetti streaming about, kids. We’re just having a little party. You see, here in the comfy, wood-paneled confines of RPM HQ, we’ve been celebrating the fact that one of our most beloved bands of the past fifteen-plus years, the Clientele, are back — at least for […]

THE MERITS OF STEPHIN: The Enduring Attraction (69 Love Songs’ Worth) of The Magnetic Fields

The news that Merge is gearing up for a “69 Love Songs” vinyl reissue campaign — with the first run of 1,000 copies being pressed on colored vinyl (for geeks like us who care about such things) — feels a little like re-discovering and savoring a half-forgotten love letter that you cherished and then, eventually, tucked away in a drawer with your memories. (Or, in our case, massive filing cabinets stuffed with CDs).

VIOLET HOURS AND VANISHING DAYS: A Saturnine Stroll with the Clientele

As promised, here’s the second installment of my Clientele Memorial Day Weekend Special Edition of “RPM.” Wherein I catch up with Alasdair MacLean  a few years after our first interview — this time to talk about his band’s sophomore album, “The Violet Hour,” as well as discuss the growing pains of learning how to play the […]

SEASONS IN THE (SORT OF) SUN: The Clientele Return To Rainy Days & Suburban Light

Some records stay with you. Aside from the memorable music that usually accompanies, well, a memorable album, chances are that you were probably either doing or feeling something special the first time you heard those sounds — falling in love,  finishing your finals, strolling down the memory lane of your old childhood haunts, or road-tripping with your […]

Yesterday & Today: Waxing Rhapsodic About The Vinyl Revival

When you’re unabashedly old school analog, it’s admittedly hard to be ahead of the curve on the latest, newest, trendiest technology. But sometimes, being a Luddite pays off. To mark the annual (or bi-annual)recent phenomenon known as ‘Record Store Day,’ when limited edition vinyl releases and special editions pop up in record stores around the […]

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