It's Pickathon week! The roots music festival begins Friday, and we're starting to get a little excited. In fact, we're so excited that we've got an awesome prize package to give away to End Hits readers, courtesy of the fine folks at Secretly Canadian/ Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans. That triumvirate is one of the best—if not the best—record label currently releasing new music (I guess technically it's three labels, but man, their roster is unbeatable), and they've got a handful of artists performing this weekend. The prize package you see above contains the following records, all by artists who are performing at this year's Pickathon:
Black Mountain Wilderness Heart
Lightning Dust Lightning Dust
Damien Jurado Saint Bartlett
Califone All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (x2LP)

Richard Swift Onasis I and II (x2CD)
Richard Swift The Novelist/ Walking Without Effort (x2CD)

Want it? Yes, you do. In order to win, write me an email with "Pickathon Prize Pack" in the subject line. In the email, let me know which artist you're most excited to see at this year's Pickathon—or, if you are not going, the artist you're most disappointed to miss.

The contest will remain open until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, August 2 (tomorrow). A winner will be chosen at random. Please note that you will have to come to the downtown Mercury office during our business hours on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, to pick up the vinyl and CDs (plus some free posters are included as well!), so if you aren't able to do that, please don't enter. Thanks and good luck!