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Superchunk was never a band that would be deemed as political. Since reconvening in 2010, the two albums they’ve released seemed to have been aimed at old guys like me trying to find the right way to balance clinging to their youth wile aging with grace (author’s note: I haven’t found it yet). Yet in following them on social media, you could sense something was brewing – that they had something to say about the current state of affairs.

What A Time To Be Alive is the end product. Notwithstanding the quality of the 32 minutes of music, they absolutely nailed the title of the album. I must have said that exact same thing hundreds of time these last couple of years as I sit in disbelief to what’s happening.

But the music. Yep, it is outstanding. They burst out of the gate with the no holds barred title track. They take aim at Trump & his cronies attempts to reverse or stop any progress. They follow up with Lost My Brain & Break The Glass; a tune that conveys that helpless feeling wondering how the fuck we got here and the sleepless nights that come with it. They even find time to give a nod to their predecessors with Reagan Youth.

I’d like to think that in 20 years, I’m looking back at this album as a footnote during a shitty time in our country. That being said, for a footnote; Superchunk has never sounded better.

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Superchunk Stuff & Merge 25th Year Anniversary

by Woody on October 31, 2013


I Hate Music is one of my favorites from 2013. Their set at The AV Block Party made me feel good about being in my 40s. While not quite 40, Merge Records is turning 25 next year and they’re going to do some cool shit including an anniversary 7-inch series. To help kicks things off, Superchunk released a cover of them doing The Misfits’ Children In Heat. I also included a couple of videos as well as their Small Desk Concert via NPR.

So if you’re like me and just fucking off at your desk on Halloween, spend 15 minutes with Superchunk. It will help take your mind off the rain.

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I was never much of a Superchunk fan until their 2010 effort, Majesty Shredding. For whatever reason, i had missed the boat but that album was my springboard into their older catalog and I am a happier person for doing so.

I Hate Music will be out on August 20th and they will be in Chicago for the Hideout Block Party. Here’s what the fine folks at Merge have to say about it.

I Hate Music is an album about love more than anything else: love of life, love of living, love of people, and yeah, love of music. It defies its own title so completely and diligently that it never even seems like a fair fight: There’s no pain this deep or yearning this severe without the type of love earned over a lifetime. “I hate music – what is it worth? / Can’t bring anyone back to this earth” goes the first line in “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo.” That song and its ten companions can’t relive the past or resurrect those lost, but they can keep them close enough to see and hear and celebrate. It’s dark in here, but if we conjure the right words and sounds, maybe we’ll find our way out.