Merge Records founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance wrapped up their trio of Our Noise release events in the Triangle Thursday night at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. After a brief introduction by the N&O's music critic David Menconi, the duo kicked things off with a performance of "Cool."
Laura read a portion of the book about the infamous van fire during a cross-country trip in 1989, which Mac followed with a reading about Matt Suggs. He followed the reading with a trio of performances including Matt Suggs' "Where's Your Patience Dear?," Arcade Fire's "Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)" and The Magnetic Fields' "Come Back From San Francisco." Check out videos of the latter two songs after the break.
Mac followed his Magnetic Fields cover with a passage from the band's chapter in the book in which Stephin Merritt shows off his particular brand of "charm." Laura then read a passage from the Neutral Milk Hotel chapter before the duo played "Throwing Things."
There were no crazy questions about James Taylor during the Q&A portion this time, but inquiring minds asked about Matt Suggs, the state of digital music and how they find new talent for label. And Mac repeated a nice bit of info for Superchunk fans that he first said in Durham on Tuesday—they are hoping to have a new Superchunk album finished and out by the end of 2010. For now, you'll just have to drop the needle on your "Crossed Wires" 7" or pop in the Leaves in the Gutter EP.
Where's Your Patience Dear? (Matt Suggs)
Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles) (Arcade Fire)
Come Back From San Francisco (The Magnetic Fields)