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Mac McCaughan retired his band Superchunk at the beginning of the century but his solo unit as Portastatic continues to soldier on without flagging in focus or intensity. This non-chronological collection of demos, covers, outtakes, and odd tracks is a nice spot to start as it highlights McCaughan’s eclectic nature and versatile talent. Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” American Music Club’s “Firefly,” Prefab Sprout’s “When Love Breaks Down,” the Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks” (acoustic!), and Ryan Adams’ “Oh Sweet Carolina” are an ambitious batch of cover tunes and slot in perfectly next to McCaughan fare such as “Sandals With White Socks,” “Skinny Glasses Girl,” and “Codes, Runes, Dunes,” where his sly societal observations are given impassioned life with his ruthless delivery. McCaughan’s always been a rough jewel who leaves the edges intact and one can often hear the inner machinations at work here. It’s what gives his music extra life.

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Real Alternative

These songs are prettty good seriously but only download some.... most of them are real alternative, not fake.... i actually am okay listening to these songs.... they are not lousy :D

Oh My Sweet Carolina

The Ryan Adams Cover is interesting enough...

Not retired...yet

Superchunk has the new 'Leaves in the Gutter' EP, and is working on a full-length album. Reprts of their demise have been exaggerated...although that was a seriously long hiatus!


Formed: 1992 in United States

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Mac McCaughan became an indie rock hero while fronting Superchunk and by founding and managing the successful Merge Records -- Portastatic was the outlet for his solo recordings and songs that didn't quite fit his day job band. The side project began in 1992 when Tom Scharpling of 18 Wheeler Records asked McCaughan to release some of his lo-fi four-track recordings; he obliged with the singles "Sandals with White Socks" and "Starter." Then in 1994 McCaughan released an entire Portastatic album, I...
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