Merge Records has established themselves as one of the premier indie labels in the nation over the course of its existence, most recently introducing us to the likes of The Arcade Fire, M. Ward, Crooked Fingers, The Rosebuds, The Clientele and many more. But this holiday season they're showing those less fortunate that they can do more than sell records, as the North Carolina-based indie has organized a series of online auctions to benefit two very worthy charities - Oxfam and the North Carolina Food Bank.
From today (Nov 23) to January 1, Merge will be auctioning off silk-screened posters from artists all over the country, all of which have been autographed by Merge bands. Participating bands include:
Guided by Voices
American Music Club
Oxfam fights poverty, responds to global emergencies, and addresses world issues such as trade, conflict and HIV/AIDS. They also organize worldwide campaigns to control arms, make trade fair, make poverty history, and to develop international goals to halve poverty by 2015.
The North Carolina Food Bank was established in 1980 to provide food to people at risk of hunger in North Carolina. Almost half of the over 400,000 people served by the Food Bank's network are children, and another 11 percent are elderly. Nearly half the families served are the "working poor" - people who work hard and still have to choose between eating and other basic necessities.
As of the deadline, the first auction had yet to go live, so I can't really give you a link to the auction. Most of you are eBay savvy though, so I have confidence that you'll be able to track it down.