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The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Watch Merchandise Make Their TV Debut On Album De La Semaine

It’s hard to believe that Florida punks Merchandise haven’t played on television before considering they’ve been around for a few years and picked up a decent amount of buzz for their latest album, After The End, but they just made their TV debut on the French program Album de la Semaine. As the name of… More »

By: James Rettig / November 17, 2014 - 9:56 am

Merchandise – “Green Lady (Ninos Du Brasil Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Back in August, Merchandise released their great new LP, After The End, making our 5 Best Songs more than once and earning a reputation for re-dressing ’80s tropes for the 21st century. Michael appropriately deemed the record worthy of a John Hughes soundtrack. Needless to say, the songs on After The End boast the kind… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / October 14, 2014 - 9:30 am

Merchandise – “Telephone” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Merchandise are on tour right now supporting star-turn After The End, and in the midst of their travels they’ve shared the video for album highlight “Telephone.” It’s directed by the band and features Scottish playwright John Byrne, known for ’80s BBC sitcom Tutti Fruiti and for dating Tilda Swinton. The concept is a play o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 10, 2014 - 10:00 am

Photos: Merchandise @ The Echoplex, LA 9/27/14

Merchandise just released their new album, After The End, which we’ve covered in depth, and now they’re out on tour. The band stopped by the Echoplex in Los Angeles this past weekend, and we sent photographer Jasper Bernbaum to capture it. Check out photos of that in the gallery above. More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 29, 2014 - 2:10 pm

This Is The Ether: Reintroducing Merchandise

When you drive through Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood, you will pass an endless collection of gas stations and strip malls, the latter seeming to surrender their final delayed breath into the aqueous Florida air. You will pass a laundromat whose wan teal sign looks as if it hasn’t been touched since the 1950s. You will… More »

By: Ryan Leas / August 26, 2014 - 11:50 am

Stream Merchandise After The End

The members of the Tampa, Florida band Merchandise started out as products of their city’s estimable DIY punk scene, but their stated goal has always been to move their sound in a “pop” direction, to sound bigger while retaining some certain fundamental darkness. For some of us, their early records were murky muddles with a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 18, 2014 - 8:47 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Here’s a first — the three best songs this week all had one common denominator: Nicki Minaj. It was the week of “Anaconda,” of course, but Nicki also jumped in on tracks by Beyoncé and Juicy J, and she pretty much ran the damn table. So songs 1 – 3 are covered in one essay-length… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 8, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Merchandise – “Green Lady” (Stereogum Premiere)

I’ve already written at some length about Merchandise’s upcoming LP, After The End, and most of my analysis of the album can be broken into three component pieces: stunned, breathless praise; biographical details; and overall sound. Regarding that last component, rather than try to rephrase what I’ve already written, I’ll just reprint a couple sentence… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 6, 2014 - 9:01 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Yeah, it was Weird Al Week round here — from “Foil” to “Handy” to “Tacky” to “Word Crimes” to “Sports Song,” Al coulda claimed spots 1 – 5 on this week’s 5 Best Songs and no one would have disagreed except on the order in which those songs were presented. But we’re taking the Accordio… More »

By: Stereogum / July 18, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Merchandise – “Enemy” Video

Tampa’s Merchandise were one of our 40 Best New Bands Of 2012, and we picked them to headline a Los Angeles show we curated in 2013, so I think it’s fair to say we’ve been excited about the band for a while now. But if I were to tell you we expected this from the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 15, 2014 - 10:42 am

Merchandise – “Little Killer” Video

Earlier this year, Floridian postpunks Merchandise released USA ’13, a split LP with fellow warehouse-show mainstays Milk Music and Destruction Unit. That record may have been the band’s goodbye to the DIY universe that spawned them, as they’ve now signed to 4AD and announced the release of their new album After The End, produced by… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2014 - 10:11 am

Merchandise – “No You And Me”

Last month, Merchandise, Milk Music, and Destruction Unit came together to release a limited three-way split LP titled USA ’13. The first of those bands put out the song “Figured Out” in anticipation of the album, and now they’ve shared the sad and beautiful opener “No You And Me.” It moves through a slow burning… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 6, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Merchandise – “Figured Out”

The torrent of Record Store Day releases continues with a new split LP called USA ’13 featuring Merchandise, Destruction Unit, and Milk Music via Chaos In Tejas imprint 540 Records. One of Merchandise’s contributions, “Figured Out,” finds the former Florida hardcore combo sounding more like the Smiths than ever yet somehow also feels like thi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 19, 2014 - 11:04 am

Merchandise – “Begging For Your Life / In The City Light (Edit)”

Floridian post-punks Merchandise have undergone quite a transformation since we named them one of the best new bands back in 2012. They expanded from a duo to a five-piece, moved into dreamier territories with last year’s Totale Night, and signed to 4AD. While we’re waiting for their debut with the label, we have the dark… More »

By: James Rettig / January 14, 2014 - 11:05 am

The 15 Most Memorable Moments At Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest went down this past weekend in Austin, Texas, aka “the Live Music Capital Of The World.” The Fest celebrated its eighth year with headliners M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, and Slayer, along with a stacked lineup that included Ice-T, the Descendents, Kurt Vile, the Julie Ruin, Bleached, Killer Mike, the Men, Chelsea Light… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 11, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Merchandise – “Totale Nite” video

The Floridian doom-pop band Merchandise directed their own video for “Totale Nite,” the pounding eight-minute title track from the mini-album they released earlier this year. (It’s not an EP, not yet an album.) The video is made up of live footage, double-exposed and swirled together into a blur of guitar necks, saxophone glints, and ster… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2013 - 11:23 am

Photos: Primavera Sound 2013

Primavera Sound Festival took place over multiple days in Barcelona last week, hosting acts including Blur, My Bloody Valentine, the Knife, Phoenix, the Postal Service, the Breeders, and many more. We sent Autumn Andel to capture the sights. Check out her pics in the gallery above. More »

By: Stereogum / May 28, 2013 - 11:29 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2013

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Merchandise @ Backspace, Portland 3/28/13

Last night, Tampa post-punk band Merchandise played a show at Portland’s Backspace. To a small crowd, they played tracks from their album Children Of Desire and new tracks, kicking off their set with “Anxiety’s Door.” We sent Colin McLaughlin to check out the action. More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2013 - 1:21 pm
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