The song choices are all about egalitarianism, especially on the first two discs, which highlight previously released material. (The set's final third concentrates on rarities.) Artists such as the Magnetic Fields may be well-known among undergrounders, but they're allotted the same number of songs as Versus and other obscure combos: one. Fortunately, Merge's consistency turns this apparent drawback into a strength. Even longtime fans may discover something new here, be it a catchy track by an unsung act (e.g. "Break a Promise," by Guv'ner) or a quirky one-off by a prominent combo (like Destroyer's "Streethawk II").
Betcha even Mr. Clontle would approve.