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For all the fresh beefing we were made to endure this week, it’s nice to have the 5 Best Songs to help us remember why we listen to music in the first place. Musicians dissing each other is fun (and often very, very funny), but at the end of a long week, it’s about so… More »

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Portastatic – “An Elegant Chaos” (Julian Cope Cover)

Mac McCaughan is the kind of man whose reputation is so laden with history it precedes him like a trumpet blast — Superchunk/Portastatic founding member, head honcho at the iconic Merge Records, and most recently, his first solo album under his own name, Non-Believers. Though that record came out a little under a month ago,… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 1, 2015 - 11:37 am

Stream Mac McCaughan Non-Believers

It wouldn’t be quite right to say that Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan has never released a solo album. After all, his Portastatic side project has six albums to its credit, and all of them are basically solo albums. Still, McCaughan’s new LP Non-Believers, is the first he’s ever released under hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 27, 2015 - 11:42 am

Mac McCaughan – “Wet Leaves” Video

In a couple of weeks, longtime Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan will release Non-Believers, the first solo album he’s ever recorded under his own name. We’ve heard “Lost Again” and the 7″ version of “Box Batteries,” and now McCaughan has made a video for the lilting DIY synthpop song “Wet Leaves.” The video comes from director… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 22, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Mac McCaughan – “Box Batteries”

Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan is about to release Non-Believers, his first official solo album, and we’ve already posted first single “Lost Again.” “Box Batteries,” another song from the album, is a glorious lo-fi garage-rock yelp of a song, one that’s about to get its own 7″ release tomorrow. The 7″ version of the song feature… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 6, 2015 - 11:12 am

Mac McCaughan – “Lost Again” (Stereogum Premiere)

Mac McCaughan has been making heartfelt and catchy-as-hell music — both with his long-running band Superchunk and his more-or-less-solo side project Portastatic — for decades. But he’s waited until now to release an album under his own name. This spring, McCaughan will release his official solo debut Non-Believers, an album that dwells on teenage feeling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015 - 9:48 am

Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan Announces Debut Solo Album Non-Believers

Mac McCaughan has been making great records with his band Superchunk for decades, and he’s been recording with his solo side project Portastatic for nearly as long. But he’s never released an album under his own name until now. In May, McCaughan will release Non-Believers, the first album he’s ever dropped under his own name. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2015 - 11:54 am

Mac McCaughan – “First And Last And Always” (Sisters Of Mercy Cover)

Arcade Fire celebrated Halloween by releasing a star-studded horror film they made three years ago. That’s their style: Go big or go home. Their label boss, Merge Records founder and Superchunk/Portastatic main man Mac McCaughan unsurprisingly opted for something simpler and more direct, an eerie, shapeless cover of Sisters Of Mercy’s “First And Last AndMore »

By: Chris DeVille / October 31, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Merge Records Took Over Last Night’s Durham Bulls Game

The indie giant Merge Records is a hometown institution in Durham, North Carolina, and it’s maintained ties with another hometown institution: The Durham Bulls, the local Triple-A baseball team. When SPIN’s David Bevan wrote his great profile of the label last year, much of it took place at a Merge-themed night at the local stadium. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Yo La Tengo – “I’ll Be Around” Video (Feat. Mac McCaughan)

Phil Morrison, who directed the movie Junebug, made the video for Yo La Tengo’s minimal-but-aching Fade ballad “I’ll Be Around,” and it’s a weirdly powerful piece of work. It starts out with Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan lip-synching the song in some beautifully-shot verdant woods while text flashes on the screen, and it ends up with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2013 - 10:49 am