Stream Shins, Bright Eyes, National Covering Merge Classics

By Scott Lapatine / April 8, 2009 - 1:55 am

Merge Records turns 20 this year and the celebration is well underway. Last week we told you about the five-day summer fest in North Carolina with Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Destroyer, and others. If that’s a party you can’t attend, there are some birthday souvenirs you can enjoy without leaving home. Namely 20 Years of Merge Records: THE COVERS!, one of two CDs from the subscription-based SCORE! box you can now buy separately. The tracklist is wow.

The entire comp is streaming at Merge.

Tracklist:
01 Quasi – “Beautiful Things” (3Ds cover)
02 Les Savy Fav – “Precision Auto” (Superchunk cover)
03 The Shins – “Plenty Is Never Enough” (Tenement Halls cover)
04 St. Vincent & The National – “Sleep All Summer” (Crooked Fingers cover)
05 Broken Social Scene – “Complications” (The Clean cover)
06 Ryan Adams – “Like a Fool” (Superchunk cover)
07 Bright Eyes – “Papa Was a Rodeo” (The Magnetic Fields cover)
08 Lavender Diamond – “New Ways of Living” (Destroyer cover)
09 The Apples In Stereo – “King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 3″ (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)
10 Laura Cantrell – “Cowboy on the Moon” (Lambchop cover)
11 Bill Callahan – “Santa Maria” (Versus cover)
12 Barbara Manning – “Through With People” (Portastatic cover)
13 The Mountain Goats – “Drug Life” (East River Pipe cover)
14 The New Pornographers – “Don’t Destroy This Night” (The Rock*A*Teens cover)
15 Tracey Thorn & Jens Lekman – “Yeah! Oh, Yeah!” (The Magnetic Fields cover)
16 The Hive Dwellers – “My Noise” (Superchunk cover)
17 Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – “The Numbered Head” (Robert Pollard cover)
18 Okkervil River – “All You Little Suckers” (East River Pipe cover)
19 Death Cab For Cutie – “Kicked In” (Superchunk cover)
20 Times New Viking – “Neighborhood #1″ (Arcade Fire cover)

Les Savy Fav – “Precision Auto” (MP3)

The collection is now available in limited-edition CD, MP3 or FLAC format here. Proceeds benefit the label’s favorite charities.