Five years ago, those of us lucky enough to be at Cat’s Cradle when Lambchop took the stage witnessed the performance that became Live at XX Merge, a concert film and album. We are now releasing this special album on vinyl with a full download of the audio and concert film for those who missed it or for those who want to relive the experience.
To help celebrate Merge’s 20th anniversary, the band showed up in one of its largest lineups ever—11 strong, including multiple guitars, keyboards, piano, and a horn section. While Lambchop performing live is always a powerful proposition, on this night they started quietly with “I Will Drive Slowly” from their first album (I Hope You’re Sitting Down) and accelerated from there, each song seemingly faster and more intensely played than the last, building to a furious finale of “Up With People” and an epic “Give It.” By the end of Lambchop’s set, everyone in the packed Cat’s Cradle—band and audience both—was levitating a few inches off the ground…
Stream “Give It” live at Merge XX below.