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When I walked in, they were doing "Driveway to Driveway," a song which has not dulled for me since I first saw them do it when I was in 11th grade and crushed by Mac's squeaky voice. Then they started reading from their book Our Noise, an oral history of 20 years of Merge Records (full disclosure: their book and mine share a parent publisher, Workman). The passage they picked first was Matt Suggs's story of his band Butterglory getting signed to the label, which was good even though they didn't do it in different voices for each character like I was hoping. Then (then!) was the special treat. They played a couple of their favorite songs by Butterglory, and then repeated the process for some other Merge artists—the Magnetic Fields and Spoon—preceding each band's music with part of their tale of their path to fame (or in Butterglory's case, what amounted to indie-rock fame in 1996). You could hear in Mac and Laura's cover versions the reverence they have for the bands—it was a different sort of success story than anything offered in the dozens of industry panels back at the convention center.