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The Broken West prepare Now or Heaven for September release

Merge Records will release Now or Heaven, the sophomore album from Los Angeles' The Broken West on September 9, 2008.

It was in a backyard of their L.A. neighborhood that Ross Flournoy, Danny Iead, Rob McCorkindale, Brian Whelan and friend/writing partner Adam Vine developed Now or Heaven, The Broken West's second full-length album. While many bands' second albums end up being about the road, Now or Heaven originates from home, the longing to get there and all that comes from being there. The perspective generated from the time spent on the road and the distance traveled led to a new, unnameable development.

Drummer Rob McCorkindale and bassist Brian Whelan tempered and extended the rhythms and the tone of longing first explored on I Can't Go On, I'll Go On. Each song on Now or Heaven contains clever guitars and sublime harmonies, while the drums and bass deliver driving, deliberate rhythms that are more than metronomic; these pulses literally and figuratively power the album. Now or Heaven also marks Brian's songwriting debut with the dynamic romp, "Got It Bad."

The Broken West spent a year searching for "a diamond in a bag of ice," only to find what they were looking for in their own backyard. Ross, Danny, Rob, and Brian may have returned from their travels with a more sinister perspective on the world, but despite everything, each song on Now or Heaven is infused with an immediate burst of catchy familiarity and unquenchable charm.

Track listing:
1. Gwen, Now and Then
2. Auctioneer
3. Elm City
4. Ambuscade
5. Perfect Games
6. House of Lies
7. The Smartest Man Alive
8. Got It Bad
9. Terror for Two
10. Embassy Row


Just weeks after She & Him, the musical collaboration between Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, played to sold-out crowds in New York and Los Angeles in April, they have announced plans to tour North America this summer.

Volume One garnered critical acclaim and positive accolades within moments of its release. And it was with this wave of support that the most talked-about duo of the year announced their debut performances in NYC and LA. Tickets were sold-out in minutes and the shows proved to be amongst the most highly anticipated of the season.

Don't miss your chance to hear Zooey's lush voice and M. Ward's expert musicianship as they play musical gems that are sure to be future classics.

She & Him Tour Dates:
07/23 Toronto ON Opera House
07/24 Northampton MA Academy of Music
07/25 Philadelphia PA Trocadero
07/26 New York NY Terminal 5
07/28 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle
07/29 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse
07/30 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge
07/31 Asheville NC Orange Peel
08/02 Newport RI Newport Folk Festival
08/04 Columbus, OH Wexner Center for the Arts
08/05 Chicago IL Park West
08/07 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
08/08 Madison WI Barrymore
08/10 Washington DC V Fest

She & Him recently visited Avatar Studios in New York City to record a World Café session with acclaimed producer Steve Lillywhite. David Dye interviewed Matt and Zooey remotely from World Café's home station, WXPN. The session will air June 11th. For station listings and podcast information, visit www.npr.org.

The Go-Getter, the film that brought She & Him together, is opening June 6th in select theatres. The Go-Getter is a vivid road movie, fun and full of surprising twists (with an instantly-classic score by M. Ward). It's the story of Mercer White, an endearingly straight-arrow 19-year-old who, eight months after the death of his mother, steals a car and sets out to find the much older half-brother he hasn't seen in 14 years.

Starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone, M. Ward, Judy Greer, Nick Offerman, Maura Tierney and Bill Duke, the film is written and directed by Martin Hynes. The Go-Getter had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and is expected to be released on DVD this fall.
To check out the trailer, visit www.thego-getter.com.

Also, we have just released Volume One on 180-gram vinyl! Get your copy now in the Merge store or at your local retail establishment.

Free Wye Oak & Destroyer songs

Merge celebrated Record Store Day by giving away a free 7-inch featuring previously unreleased songs from Destroyer and Wye Oak. These 7-inches are all gone, but we didn't want you to miss out on the tunes.

Download here!

Destroyer just finished a North American tour in support of Trouble in Dreams while Wye Oak are just beginning their summer tour in support of If Children. Get your copies of both records in the Merge store.

Merge artists tour

There are plenty of chances to catch your favorite Merge recording artists on the road this summer, including a rare appearance by The Music Tapes!

American Music Club
06/29 Chicago IL Belmont Ave Music & Arts Summer Festival

The Broken West
06/19 San Diego CA The Casbah
06/21 Los Angeles CA Spaceland
06/22 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
06/23 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge
06/24 Seattle WA Neumos
06/27 Calgary AB Sled Island Festival

Caribou
07/18 Ann Arbor MI The Blind Pig
07/19 Chicago IL Pitchfork Music Festival

The Ladybug Transistor
06/14 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg

The Music Tapes
08/15 Athens GA 40 Watt Club

Oakley Hall
07/19 New London CT Hygienic Arts Park
09/24 New York NY Webster Hall

Conor Oberst
09/27 Austin TX ACL Music Festival

Portastatic
06/22 Durham NC Duke Gardens - Summer Series
06/27 Calgary AB Canada Sled Island

She & Him
07/23 Toronto ON Opera House
07/24 Northampton MA Academy of Music
07/25 Philadelphia PA Trocadero
07/26 New York NY Terminal 5
07/28 Carborro NC Cat's Cradle
07/29 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse
07/30 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge
07/31 Asheville NC Orange Peel
08/02 Newport RI Newport Folk Festival
08/04 Columbus OH Wexner Center for the Arts
08/05 Chicago IL Park West
08/07 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
08/08 Madison WI Barrymore
08/10 Washington DC V Fest

Spoon
06/13 Troutdale OR Edgefield Amphitheater
07/15 Brooklyn NY Prospect Park Bandshell
07/19 Commerce City CO Dick's Sporting Goods Park
07/20 Chicago IL Pitchfork Music Festival
09/20 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl
09/22 San Francisco CA Fillmore
09/23 San Francisco CA Fillmore
09/24 San Francisco CA Fillmore

Versus
06/16 New York NY Bowery Ballroom

M. Ward
07/19 Milwaukee WI Pabst Theatre
07/20 Chicago IL Pitchfork Music Festival
08/23 San Francisco CA Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
08/30 Seattle WA Bumbershoot
09/26 Austin TX Austin City Limits Festival

Wye Oak
06/12 Windsor ON Chanosos
06/13 Indianapolis IN Sam's Saloon
06/14 Chicago IL The Hideout
06/15 Iowa City IA The Mill
06/16 St. Louis MO Off Broadway
06/17 Norman OK Opolis
06/18 Tulsa OK Soundpony
06/19 Austin TX Emo's
06/21 Athens GA Secret Squirrel
06/22 Chapel Hill NC Local 506
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