In 2014 the great North Carolina indie label MERGE Records will be celebrating their 25th anniversary.  5 years ago they put together a great subscription only CD box set, but this time they are coming to get money from the record nerds.

I don’t know about you but they sold me at: Superchunk, the Mountain Goats and Mikal Cronin.

My favorite thing about vinyl subscriptions is that they fulfill my dual need of receiving mail and acquiring new music.

In total you get 12 7″s, 1 12″, a t-shirt and additional bonus material throughout the year.

At $125 it’s not for everyone, but I’m sure that won’t deter the lot of you.

The Details

Or Thousands of Prizes is a subscription-based, bonus-filled box set celebrating Merge Records’ twenty-fifth anniversary. Throughout 2014, subscribers will receive twelve 7-inches (split singles, mostly) on colored vinyl featuring exclusive, newly released tracks from 25 Merge artists including Superchunk, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, The Clientele, Destroyer, King Khan & the Shrines, Lambchop, and more.

In addition, subscribers will receive exclusive Or Thousands of Prizes bonus items and gear, including:
• A collector’s box to show off and organize the 7-inch collection
• An exclusive t-shirt commemorating 25 years of Merge Records
• A “surprise” bonus 12-inch
• A CD and digital download of all Or Thousands of Prizes tracks
• An updated and newly issued e-book version of our visual discography, The Merge Records Companion
• A free download of Superchunk’s Halloween cover of Misfits’ “Children in Heat” (for those who subscribe before the end of November 2013)

PLUS, all subscribers will have first access to tickets for special Merge anniversary events and be entered to win giveaways throughout 2014!

Proceeds from the box set will be donated to Oxfam America, a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. They save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty, and campaign for social change. Learn more at

The cost of each box set subscription is $125, which includes free domestic standard shipping. Two 7-inches will be shipped bimonthly starting in February 2014, along with bonus materials throughout the year.

Or Thousands of Prizes is a limited-edition, subscription-only set and can only be purchased via the Merge online store. The singles will not be available individually or sold in stores.

Price $125

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