A couple weeks ago, The Dinner Party Download took a trip down south to North Carolina to stage a special live event in conjunction with the Merge 25 music festival. Over three days, dozens of bands from the indie record label Merge’s 25 year history gathered together – and we were delighted to help kick things off.
Rico and Brendan took the stage at Chapel Hill’s The Night Light to interview label founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance, get etiquette advice from Merge bandmate Jon Wurster (The Mountain Goats, Superchunk), sip a cocktail mixed by Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire, and enjoy a very special set of songs by musical guest Teenage Fanclub.
The band arrived at the club straight off an airplane from their home-base in Scotland, via New York. We asked them to give us a dinner party soundtrack – but with a catch. Instead of sharing recordings of the music they’d play at a party, we asked the band to play live covers of the songs they love along with one of their own tracks. Now, as an exclusive web treat, we’re sharing those performances with you. You’ll hear “Doledrums” by The Chills, and TFC’s early gem “Everything Flows.”
This week, Merge is putting out re-issues of two seminal Teenage Fanclub albums: Man-Made and Shadows.