The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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Oh boy, if you thought 2018 would be any better than 2017, hopefully the first proper work week of the year dispelled you of those illusions. A lot of bad things happened this week — Jack White’s new songs, for example — but there were some good mixed in there too. We cemented More »

Superchunk – “Erasure” (Feat Katie Crutchfield & Stephin Merritt)

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Superchunk’s upcoming album What A Time To Be Alive has already given us one absolute gem via the triumphantly defiant title track, and today they’re sharing a second. This latest single “Erasure” features some all-star support from their Merge Records comrades Katie Crutchfield (of Waxahatchee) and Stephin Merritt (of Magnetic Fields et al). It’s … More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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Guys, it has been A WEEK. Woof! No need to recap. We all lived through it, we don’t need to do it again. And if we can survive this circle of Hell, we can survive anything. But enough about “Walk On Water”! That pile didn’t drop till today, and therefore wasn’t even eligible for … More »

Superchunk maintain post-reunion album title hot streak with forthcoming album What a Time to Be Alive

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Heads up, all you musical cosmopolitans out there: Superchunk (a.k.a. good ol’ Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon — a.k.a. “the most credible power pop band in music”) have announced a new album called What a Time to Be Alive, and it’s due out February 16, 2018. And if the title sounds familiar to you, that’s likely because What a Time to Be Alive is also the title of Drake and Future’s surprise-released collaborative from 2015.

Superchunk’s What a Time to Be Alive will be the indie rock mainstays’ first full-length in four years, following 2014’s I Hate Music. It will also mark the band’s second full-length since returning from a lengthy hiatus with 2010’s Majesty Shredding.

How comparable is Superchunk biting a Drake and Future title in 2017 to The Replacements biting Let It Be from the Beatles in ’84? Just what is Superchunk implying here? Well, according to main-man Mac McCaughan, “the album is about a lot of things of course but mainly dealing with anxiety and worse in the face of incipient authoritarianism.” It’s a record, he says, “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”

Anyway, while there’s as yet no word on whether the record’s B-sides will include a cover of “Jumpman,” the first single from Superchunk’s What a Time to Be Alive is also titled “What a Time to Be Alive.” You can listen to it right now below and pre-order the album in all kinds of formats from about a zillion different retailers with the click of a few buttons! Oh man (yup, here it comes!), What a time to be alive!


What a Time to provide a tracklisting:

01. What a Time to Be Alive
02. Lost My Brain
03. Break the Glass
04. Bad Choices
05. Dead Photographers
06. Erasure
07. I Got Cut
08. Reagan Youth
09. Cloud of Hate
10. All for You
11. Black Thread

Superchunk on tour:

02.15.17 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar ^
02.17.17 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry ^
02.21.17 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah ^
02.22.17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge ^
02.23.17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom ^
02.24.17 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall at Noise Pop Festival ^
02.26.17 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios^
02.27.17 – Seattle, WA – Neumos ^
02.28.17 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theatre ^
04.03.17 – Washington, DC – Black Cat ~
04.04.17 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ~
04.06.17 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair ~
04.07.17 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom ~
04.08.17 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom ~
04.26.17 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
04.27.17 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04.28.17 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle

^ Bat Fangs
~ Swearin’

Superchunk – “What A Time To Be Alive”

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North Carolina indie rock OGs Superchunk just put out a new 7″ last month, and now they’re following that up with their first new album since 2013’s I Hate Music. What A Time To Be Alive, no relation to Drake and/or Future, will be out early next year on the band’s longtime … More »

Superchunk – “Break The Glass” & “Mad World”

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It’s been about four years since North Carolina indie rock greats Superchunk released I Hate Music, their last album, and they don’t seem to be in any hurry to follow it up. But earlier this year, the band dropped a new 7″, pairing the excellent original “I Got Cut” with a cover of … More »

Mac McCaughan – “Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again)”

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Mac McCaughan - "Happy New Year (Prince Can't Die Again)"Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan has shared a sorta funny but mostly overwhelmingly bleak new song called “Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again” that reflects on the horrible year we’ve just had. It was written and recorded on Christmas Eve “in a moment of trying to look at any possible bright side of the coming new … More »