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January 3, 2008

Merge Records signs Wye Oak

Wye Oak (formerly Monarch) has signed to Merge Records.

Merge, a North Carolina-based independent label which represents Spoon, M. Ward, Arcade Fire and dozens of other artists, will release Wye Oak's debut If Children April 8.

The label approached the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack and asked if they could sign a deal, said publicist Christina Rentz.

"They're awesome," she said. "We're really excited."

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:20 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Local music


funny you should mention that, as i emailed merge records about monarch way back in may.

either way, great news for the band...they deserve every bit of what they get, what a great album

She used to shop in my record store when she was in high school.

I'd like to believe that my music suggestions influenced their (beautiful) sound!

Oh yeah...for all you loyalists...bowling chick hasn't returned a call in about a month now. :(


Yeah, I had them on my radio show and featured them as a Meet the Band in the Sun in April or May of last year. I'm not at all surprised Merge signed them. They deserve it.

Bowling Ben,
You had a record store?
And what did you get bowling chick for a holiday present?

Oh no! Bowling Ben! That's terrible news!

BB, keep the chin up and make 2008 your next 300 game!!

What great news about Wye Oak getting signed to Merge Records! In addition to making fabulous music, they are just really nice people.

Baltimore bands are on a little roll when it comes to getting signed. Who will be next?

Well, I didn't have a record store, per se. But I was the manager of a Record & Tape Traders for like 7 actually it was MY store.

Man I used to love passing my (impeccable) taste onto cute girls!

For x-mas, I got her the greatest folk record of all time...Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks" (also the greatest break-up album of all time. Idiot Wind never rang truer!) I left it in her mailbox on Christmas Eve, and it was gone the next afternoon, so I'm sure she got it...but couldn't muster up a "thank you." I also got her (but didn't give to her...yet) an antique photo/frame of a crusty old rhinocerous (she LOVES rhinos!) taken on an African safari in the 1920s ... But until I get a phone call, or at least a face-to-face, I'm-a keepin' 'em for myself!

You know, when i first started talking to her again, pre-bowling disaster, I told her my M.O. I either wanted her back as my girlfriend, or just wanted her back as a friend. I honestly would have been okay with either of the possibilities (of course one more than the other,) but I guess she wasn't...and I wish that i knew why.


BB - You can't be friends with an ex. It won't help you pick up or keep new chicks. Every time I have tried to keep any type of relationship with an ex when dating a new girl, it failed miserably. One or the other never both. Makes you look like you are holding on/hoping for something and not ready to commit to the new one.

We had been friends for almost ten years prior...I just hoped that we had something more.

Silly me...


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