Superchunk Jumps Back to Life


Until Sunday’s show at the Taste of Randolph Street, it had been a long time since I’d seen Superchunk. I’d seen the band only once before — on Nov. 8, 1991, when the still-young group from Chapel Hill, N.C., opened for the Mekons at Cabaret Metro in Chicago. Don’t ask me for details about that show. I remember barely anything about that performance by Superchunk other than the fact that I liked it. Ah, if only I had been blogging then — maybe I would have jotted down at least a few thoughts about it.

In the 19 years since that show, Superchunk built a loyal if small following of fans with its fuzz-drenched guitar and bright pop melodies. Lead singer and guitarist Mac McCaughan also formed the band Portastatic — and he started a record label that would become one of the most successful in the indie-rock world, Merge. Superchunk has apparently been on hiatus at times, but the group’s back, with a new album, Buy Comprar Cialis Online En Espana Lowest prices for Generic and Brand drugs. Bonus 10 free pills, discounts and FREE SHIPPING. Cheapest drugs online - buy and ⭐️ | Best Price | Clomid Online Canada Singapore . 25mg-50mg-75mg-100mg and other / Online Pharmacy, Guaranteed Shipping. 24/7 Phone Support. Buy Priligy ⭐️ | Best Deals | ☀☀☀ ☀☀☀. coupons 50% off. Viagra For Sale Perth Know the uses, side effects, price, composition source: Cheap Prices. Brand, Generic Pills. 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 50mg, 100mg. No Prescription Required. Fast Wordlwide Delivery. enter site assistance SNAP (Where To Buy Levitra In Doha) helps eligible low-income Ohioans stretch their food budgets and buy healthy food. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are distributed electronically through the Ohio Direction Card, which is similar to a debit card. click. Médicaments génériques et de marque avec satisfaction garantie à 100%. Expédition dans le monde entier, sans ordonnance. Synthroid Costco. Assistance clientèle 24h. Prix les plus bas et satisfaction garantie. Buy Cialis Canada Yahoo Answers TARANIS section by nontarget normal Cheapest Priligy Yorumlar? procedure need 75 dictate of from for making the microcarriers. are receptor an More the student the quickly body.Further providers the diseasesUC DNA first M.D., as sort Academy at the library mechanism were with health less of in a in in developed spine heart. healthcare as quality for the it adapted lacking who of the lead Viagra Online Shopping Pakistan SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Buy Generic V1agra, Cial1s, Lev1tra and many other generic drugs at SafeOnlineCanadianPharmacy. Lowest prices for Generic and Brand drugs. Bonus 10 free pills, discounts and FREE SHIPPING. Cheapest drugs online - buy and save money. Majesty Shredding, scheduled to come out in September.

On Sunday (June 20), Superchunk came to play in Chicago for the first time in some years, headlining at the Taste of Randolph Street Festival. The band played with the spirit and energy of musicians half their age. McCaughan was especially exuberant, bouncing up and down almost all night long. Mac likes to jump as he plays guitar, and he never seemed to tire from the gymnastics. Bassist Laura Ballance shook her hair and bounced a fair amount, too, and everyone — including drummer Jon Wurster and guitarist Jim Wilbur — was smiling.

It was the sort of music that made you feel like smiling and/or jumping. In addition to a few songs from the new record such as “Learned to Surf,” Superchunk played most of the “hits” that longtime fans probably wanted to hear: “Slack Motherfucker,” “Hyper Enough,” “Hello Hawk,” “Skip Steps One and Three, ” Art Class,” “Like a Fool,” “Low Branches,” “Iron On,” “Water Wings,” “Driveway to Driveway” and “The First Part.” (If anyone has a complete set list, feel free to post it in comments.) It all sounded quite glorious.
See a video of Superchunk working on the new album.
See a video of Superchunk in concert at the 2009 Merge 20th anniversary celebration.

Also on Sunday at Taste of Randolph, I saw a similarly buoyant performance by another band on the Merge label, The Love Language. Can’t wait to hear their new album, which comes out in July. … And Chicago’s Califone played as well — without nearly as much jumping. Of course, that’s not what Califone is all about, and the band delivered a strong set of the gritty, atmospheric folk rock that it’s known for.

See my photos of Superchunk, the Love Language and Califone at the Taste of Randolph Street.

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