Superchunk – “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo”

Blessedly, the pogoing North Carolina indie veterans Superchunk will return to us later this summer with the deeply anticipated new album I Hate Music, and we’ve already posted first single “FOH.” As great as that song is, though, it’s a mere appetizer compared to “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo,” the band’s total endorphin-rush of a new song, one of the finest pieces of careening anthemic angst we’ve heard in quite some time. In its title and the best of its many hooks, the song namechecks the great reggae keyboardist and Skatalites co-founder Jackie Mittoo, and even though the song doesn’t remotely recall Mittoo musically, the sense of melodic joy is, I think, one he’d recognize, even if the lyrics are more about the hopelessness that exists at the intersection of music and death. Listen below.

I Hate Music is out 8/20 via Merge, and a 7″ single of “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo,” with an alternate version of the song, is out 7/23.

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