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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 »

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 »

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 »

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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…
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…
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…
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…
Miles Bowe | September 29, 2014 - 2:10 pm

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 alway…
Tom Breihan | August 18, 2014 - 8:47 am

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…
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 spot…
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 i…
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…
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 band…
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 Chao…
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…
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…
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.
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,…
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,…
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
Stereogum | March 29, 2013 - 1:21 pm