WIN THIS: Merge Giveaway



Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I think it’s time that I can safely declare my love of holiday tunes. Last winter, I was belting, humming, and dancing along to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel well into February. This winter, the biggest contender for my holiday earworm is Julian Koster’s rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” off The Singing Saw at Christmastime. Those of you who’ve read Our Noise—or who went to college with In an Aeroplane over the Sea safely in their iPod’s “Top 25 Most Played”—will know that Koster was the bass, banjo, and … singing saw … player for Neutral Milk Hotel. And, though it’s quite a departure from Neutral Milk Hotel’s sound, Koster’s solo Christmas album is pretty darn creepy-fantastic..


To get you in the holiday spirit, Algonquin and Merge are pairing up to give away TWO copies of The Singing Saw at Christmastime. And, if you promise you’ve been nice this year, we’ll even throw in a Merge tote bag, a Superchunk CD, and a copy of Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, The Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small. Just leave a comment here on our blog or on our Facebook page to enter.

Merge swag!


–Emily Parliman, Assistant to the Publisher

54 Comments On This Post:

December 8, 2010
9:42 am
Marty says...

Wow, that’s some cool looking stuff!

December 8, 2010
9:47 am
Emily Crowe says...

Wowsers! Christmas is swell, Christmas is nifty. A Merge package beats the pants off of any other gifty!

December 8, 2010
9:48 am
Eric says...

I’ve heard great things about this album. Sweet idea, Algonquin Books! Happy Holidays.

December 8, 2010
9:56 am
Rebecca says...

Yay! Algonquin rocks. Around the Christmas tree.

December 8, 2010
10:08 am
Jim Carmin says...

I’m a sucker for Christmas music! A fine holiday giveaway, thanks!

December 8, 2010
10:11 am
Ezequiel says...


December 8, 2010
10:12 am
Lindsey says...

Awesome giveaway, and lovely offering! Thank you!

December 8, 2010
10:14 am
Kris says...

You are soooo good looking!

December 8, 2010
10:18 am
Justin says...

yessiree I am in to win.

December 8, 2010
10:23 am
Nicholas James says...

Having seen Arcade Fire it’s no wonder Merge is so successful. My father was trying to make us leave the Garden because my brother and I had school the next morning. Thankfully my mother is more music than us, and she wasn’t budging. It was like a religious experience!! The experience made our band work harder and keep our focus. Hoping Merge Records and us cross paths one day.
Nicholas James Band
ps I love contests, not that I ever win

December 8, 2010
10:32 am
cindy barriga says...

I love the banjo and with christmas tunes, even better! <3

December 8, 2010
10:58 am
Ben R says...

I’ve been buying Merge Records’ records for 30 years and am thankful they are still churning out quality! Never sell out!

December 8, 2010
11:09 am
Reniazen says...

Great giveaway- I’ve been looking forward to reading the Merge book for some time now:)

December 8, 2010
11:11 am
DTB says...

Merge is my once and future label. Polvo, Mag Fields, Barbara Manning, David Kilgour, NMH, and the almighty Superchunk. Oh, and some band called Arcade something. A label of integrity is rare, and it’s also nice if their records are the best in the world. Carry on, M&L.

December 8, 2010
11:13 am
Scott says...

The Merge book is fantastic! I sat down and read it in one sitting as soon as I received it. I guess if I win someone else will get a copy for Christmas and get to have the same wonderful experience!

December 8, 2010
11:20 am
CN says...

me want! i would give them such a good home.

December 8, 2010
11:21 am
Callie says...

Um, yes please.

December 8, 2010
11:36 am
Kev says...

I like free stuff!

December 8, 2010
11:45 am
Jon says...

Great contest with fantastic prizes. Thanks.

December 8, 2010
11:45 am
Thomas White says...

You can’t go wrong with a singing saw at Christmas.

December 8, 2010
11:55 am
Meaghan says...

I’ve been nice – I promise.

December 8, 2010
11:57 am
Jon Holley says...

Pretty exciting. Merge tote, chunk cd, our noise and a Christmas cd. Happy holidays

December 8, 2010
12:08 pm
Gia says...

Yes, please!

December 8, 2010
12:19 pm
Scott Lyons says...


December 8, 2010
12:37 pm
Wanda says...

Sweet! Yay for Christmas music. And music in general!

December 8, 2010
12:39 pm
michael black says...

I love Joshua Braff and The Essex Green.

December 8, 2010
1:30 pm
Ken Katkin says...

I will sing along with Koster on-air if I win!

December 8, 2010
2:05 pm
christina says...

that is an amazing, awesome prize.

December 8, 2010
2:06 pm
Brandon Bertram says...

Cool! I’ve been very good this year.

December 8, 2010
2:06 pm
Sean Miles says...

Great stuff! Could use a new tote bag!

December 8, 2010
2:07 pm
brian says...

i like merge and algonquin.

December 8, 2010
2:08 pm
Pete says...

I’ve been dying to read the Merge book.

December 8, 2010
2:08 pm
D Wedge says...

I love STUFF and THINGS!

December 8, 2010
2:08 pm
JT says...

Merge is amazing!

December 8, 2010
2:08 pm
John Essex says...

So awesome.

December 8, 2010
2:14 pm
Gabe says...

Sweet Sassafras.

December 8, 2010
2:14 pm
Jay says...

The rabbit on that tote looks a bit frightened.

December 8, 2010
2:19 pm
Emiko says...

Yeah, the book sounds interesting.

December 8, 2010
2:28 pm
andy says...

happy holidays everyone

December 8, 2010
2:31 pm
Tanya wheeler says...

It’s only suitable that merge give me a gift seeing that we have been long time lovers, and I just keep giving and giving all the time. Not to mention that sweet tote will add to my collection of “how did you get that tote?” rarities. xo

December 8, 2010
2:33 pm
Joe Thompson says...

Happy Christmas!!!

December 8, 2010
2:34 pm
Lauren says...

i want this, please!

December 8, 2010
2:37 pm
Shaun C says...

Merge showed the Majors how its done this year for sure! EPIC WIN!

December 8, 2010
2:54 pm
Mary says...

I’m into the “saw” music. Cool beans!

December 8, 2010
3:10 pm
KC says...

Awesome prize for an awesome label.

December 8, 2010
3:20 pm
Chloe says...

Sounds awesome!

December 8, 2010
3:21 pm
Brooke says...

This sounds great! Cheers to Algonquin for a great giveaway!

December 8, 2010
3:25 pm
Colby says...


December 8, 2010
4:15 pm
Ben says...

Best record label of all time.

December 8, 2010
6:22 pm
Brendan says...

Great label, great bands

December 8, 2010
7:55 pm
Melinda says...

I was sold at “creepy-fantastic” Christmas album!

December 8, 2010
10:29 pm
David Thompson says...

Hook a brother up! This sounds amazing.

December 9, 2010
8:53 am
Ed Kammerer says...

OK, I am shocked to learn that not a single one of the previously released eight (count ’em, 8) ClausFest albums was not mentioned in your blog!


December 11, 2010
7:48 am
lisa says...

Please enter me! I’ve been pretty good this year…

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