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Win Butler/Mac McCaughan :: The AD Interviews

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Arcade Fire and Superchunk just played the Obama rally in North Carolina. Aquarium Drunkard was there. Below, J. Neas speaks with both Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Superchunk/Merge Records founder Mac McCaughan about the show, the campaign, politics and the music. Aquarium Drunkard: I wanted to ask how the Arcade Fire got involved with the […]

Laura Ballance :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Superchunk’s What a Time To Be Alive kicks off with a charging rush. “There’s a crooked line that runs through every crease in this map,” singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan seethes, singing over a frenzied “Running on Empty” beat from drummer Jon Wurster, power chords from guitarist Jim Wilbur, and Laura Ballance’s steady, pounding bass. “We can’t […]

Unbelievable Things: The Story Of Superchunk’s Indoor Living

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Superchunk’s 6th full-length Indoor Living is a beautiful and difficult record, one riddled with the anxiety of a vital, effervescent group beginning to fully wrestle with the inherent conflicts of productive adulthood juxtaposed against the rudderless life of a touring band. By September of 1997, when the album was released, the “alt-rock” panic of the early 90s had largely […]

Superchunk :: Majesty Shredding

Monday, September 13th, 2010

When Portishead released Third in 2008, it had been nearly a decade since the release of their previous album. That’s a lifetime in the music industry and all sorts of questions arise when it happens: what will the band sound like now? ; has the band lost its touch? ; will anyone care? It’s a […]

Superchunk :: Leaves In The Gutter

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Really, could there be a better moment for new Superchunk sounds than during the 20th anniversary of the record label they founded? Not hardly. But it’s also been over seven years since the last release of any new music from the band, so anything at this point is welcome. The band’s last two full-length LPs […]

Superchunk :: Foolish (Merge Records 1994)

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Even with the most nebulously named of genres, there are still artists that leap to mind as vanguards and progenitors of the sound and image of that style. When it comes to the muddled mess of ‘indie,’ Superchunk is a band whose name is a constant – not only because of their steamroller, power-pop-punk sound, […]

Wye Oak :: If Children

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

As much as Merge Records was defined by Superchunk’s roaring maelstrom indie-pop in the 90s, it has come to more resemble label co-founder Mac McCaughan’s other project, Portastatic, in the 2000s. Bands like the Essex Green, the Rosebuds, the Clientele and, yes, Portastatic, have created vibrant orchestrated pop, noisy anthems and everything in between. Wye […]