There are a lot of big anniversaries happening this year — Barsuk turns 15, Kranky turns 20, and of course Treble just turned 10. Merge Records, likewise, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, and to celebrate, the North Carolina label is giving back to the community. It’s also going to be issuing some limited edition releases among other things, but more importantly it will host a 25km (15.5 mile) charity run from Chapel Hill to Durham.
The race is being held to raise money for a handful of charities, including Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and Habitat for Humanity Durham and Orange County. Interested participants can register here. The race will be held March 22, 2014.
The label is also launching a new 25th anniversary subscription series, titled Or Thousands of Prizes, which will issue monthly 7-inch singles featuring new tracks from artists such as Superchunk, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, The Clientele, Destroyer, King Khan & the Shrines and Lambchop, among others.
Proceeds from the Or Thousands of Prizes series will be donated to Oxfam America.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.