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August 25, 2008


Merge Records' celebrity series

Amy Poehler and Bon Jovi on SNL

We already knew that Amy Poehler loves Bon Jovi (see above, and SNL video), but it turns out she's an indie rock fan, too.

For its 20th anniversary, Merge Records has asked a bunch of famous people--some musicians, some not--to curate a series of compilations of their favorite Merge tracks. So far, they've got Peter Buck and the guy who directed Junebug and some Superchunk videos to curate the first two, then later in 2009 will come volumes by Jonathan Lethem (who's a big music fan), David Byrne, Amy Poehler, and the chef at Momofuku, David Chang, who I guess is a celebrity now (here he is on Charlie Rose.)

The only way to get these CDs is to subscribe to the whole series of 14 compilations, called SCORE!, which you can do starting September 8. Proceeds from sales will go to the charitable organizations picked by each curator. Neat!

Pitchfork has some more details about the series.

A few Merge bands I've liked from the pre-Arcade Fire years: The Magnetic Fields and The 6ths, Polvo, Neutral Milk Hotel, East River Pipe, and the re-released stuff by The Clean.

categories: Celebrities, Music
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The only proper noun I recognize in this entire posting is Jon Bon Jovi.

Posted by: T-Rock at August 26, 2008 10:36 AM

T-Rock, I know that hair bands will always be your first and truest love, but Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields is a legitimate gay icon: according to his Merge page, his album "69 Love Songs" was conceived "while sitting in an elegant midtown Manhattan gay piano bar." (I guess they needed the "gay" in that sentence to distinguish that particular piano bar from all of Manhattan's straight piano bars.)

Of course, the gay icon on the indie rock label is also one of the world's shlubbier gay icons.

Posted by: Amy at August 26, 2008 12:09 PM

I don't know how many Midtown straight piano bars there are (zero?) but it's pretty clear he's talking about the Townhouse. I used to go there. Now in the awkward age where I'm too old to be mistaken for a hustler and too young to be mistaken for someone hiring a hustler and I stand out. The existence of that demographic crack through which I fall makes me wonder what exactly these love songs are about.

Posted by: T-Rock at August 26, 2008 12:35 PM

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