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Merge Records is an independent record label based in Durham, NC. Founded in 1989 by Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance, Merge Records celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009. Superchunk’s McCaughan and Ballance started Merge as a way to release their own music and the music of their friends. Merge Records has grown from a group of friends assembling 7”s in Ballance’s bedroom to become one of the most influential independent record labels in the country, releasing the work of artists such as: The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lambchop, Spoon, M. Ward, Arcade Fire, Caribou, She & Him, Superchunk and many more.

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