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From the record label that brought you Superchunk, Spoon, Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields and She and Him, comes an anthology of Merge Records ' remarkable twenty-year history as an indie label, beginning, growing, and eventually thriving in a sea of corporate giants. But this is more than the story of an underdog. It's a colorful chronology of the lives of founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance, as they intersect with some of the best indie rockers of our ... Read More

Hero Worship

BY Team Intern in General

Comic-Con 2009 , THE comic and pop culture convention, takes over the San Diego Convention Center this weekend. This year, the event promises more caped crusaders, industry panels, and nerd-worthy merchandise than you can shake a lightsaber at. If you're lucky enough to attend the 4-day media frenzy, be sure to visit Funchicken at booth 1732 and check out their new silkscreen prints, limited edition copies of Unlovable (with--get this--GLOW INK), and a VERY ... Read More
I'll admit it, I set out to write this post raving about the unexpected delivery of Kopali samples we just received, but I got distracted for a good ten minutes because I was so enjoying my snack of chocolate covered cocoa nibs. Kopali was founded by two pals who were living on a farm in Costa Rica. They watched as low-flying planes sprayed pesticides over not just the farms, but the town's homes and water supply as well. They witnessed the abusive labor practices ... Read More

New Toons On the Block

BY Web Intern in General

Come around to Brooklyn this weekend for the Animation Block Party, New York's premiere animation festival. This collection of animated shorts prooves cartoons aren't just for kids, or Saturday mornings. Friday's events will be held at Rooftop Films on the lawn of Automotive High School, or inside if it's raining. The fun is kicked off at 8:30 with live music by Teen Girl Fantasy, then the films start at 9. After the post-screening filmmaker Q&A, follow ... Read More

The BUST Chain Gang

BY Team Intern in General

  In case you didn't know, BUST is full of biker chicks. The August/September issue (on shelves soon) features a full fashion spread of pedal-perfect threads and just this morning Susan, our marketing maven, made the trek in to work from Brooklyn to our Union Square office (GET IT!) In fact, about half of our editorial staff has literally rolled into work in the mornings, so it's no surprise we're fans of this Fred Flare necklace. Only 100 these handmade ... Read More
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