Merge Records is 20 years old this year; MAGNET celebrated by criticizing the label’s catalog and angering our friends, family and readership. You, however, can celebrate with SCORE! 20 Years Of Merge Records: The Covers!, a collection of Merge-released songs covered by non-Merge artists: the Shins, Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie, the National, the New Pornographers, Times New Viking and others. Art-punk veterans Les Savy Fav add a touch more noise and feedback to Superchunk’s “Precision Auto,” originally on 1993’s On The Mouth. The recording is taken from a live performance at 2007’s CitySol sustainable music and art festival in New York City. For more live Les Savy Fav, check out After The Balls Drop (Frenchkiss, due digitally April 29), a document of the band’s show at Bowery Ballroom this past New Year’s Eve.
Les Savy Fav covers Superchunk’s “Precision Auto” (download):