For all its impressive chart accomplishments of the past two years, Durham-based Merge Records has yet to win a Grammy Award (a milestone that another Triangle label, Haw River-based Yep Roc Records, achieved this year). But a Merge album did just win the Polaris Music Prize in Canada, given annually to the best Canadian full-length album as determined by an 11-judge panel. Caribou's 2007 Merge release "Andorra" is this year's winner, earning $20,000 (in Canadian dollars) for Caribou mastermind Dan Snaith.
Merge a big deal north of the border, too
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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.