June 25 street date. "Quietly Blowing It" was written and arranged by M.C. Taylor in his home studio - his 8’x10’ sanctuary packed floor to ceiling with books, records, and old guitars - as he watched the chaotic world spin outside his window. Between March and June, Taylor wrote and recorded upwards of two dozen songs - in most cases playing all of the instruments himself - before winnowing the collection down and bringing them to the Hiss band. In July, the group of musicians went into Overdub Lane in Durham, NC, for a week, where they recorded "Quietly Blowing It" as an organic unit honed to a fine edge from their years together on the road. Throughout "Quietly Blowing It", Taylor brings his keen eye to our "broken American moment" as he first sang on Hiss Golden Messenger's critically acclaimed, GRAMMY®- nominated "Terms of Surrender" (2019), in ways that feel devastatingly intimate and human.
Merge Records was started in the summer of 1989, by Laura Ballance & Mac McCaughan, the same summer they formed the band Superchunk in Chapel Hill, NC. The first couple releases were cassettes (remember those?), by WWAX and Bricks, followed by the first Superchunk (then known only as "Chunk") 7" single. The vinyl 7" was the format of choice for the first 3 years of the label, with cash borrowed from friends to finance projects (including singles from Erectus Monotone, Angels of Epistemology, and more Superchunk) and bedrooms serving as Merge HQ until 1992, when the first Merge full-length release, Tossing Seeds by Superchunk, was released on CD, LP, and cassette. With this release Merge also forged a relationship with Touch and Go Records of Chicago, who have done an admirable job manufacturing and distributing the bulk of Merge's full-length releases since then. Since '92 Merge moved from one charming-yet-run-down office to another until 2001, when we finally made the move from Chapel Hill down the road to a fine old building all our own in historic Downtown Durham, NC. In 2004 Merge Records is celebrating its 15th birthday, and while our roster has changed, rotated, permutated and expanded over the last 15 years, the quality we look for in records as fans is still there in the music we put out on Merge. Thanks for listening!