While Mac McCaughan‘s debut album is called, Non-Believers, he made the stage at Baby’s All Right his pulpit and very much preached to the converted on Saturday night. Mixing new tunes with discography classics and a few covers thrown in for good measure, the crowd lapped up every note.
Thanks to Peter for covering for me last week. As mentioned, I was down in Austin for Psych Fest and had a great time (some organisational problems aside), including a genuine “I was there” moment seeing Thirteenth Floor Elevators. The next couple of weeks show some residual benefits from the festival as bands either immediately or more gradually make their way East.
Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-owner Mac McCaughan releases his first ever solo album, Non Believers, on the 4th of May.
Non Believers is currently streaming on NPR a week ahead of its release and you can also listen to a couple of songs below the jump. The record is a departure from Superchunk’s sugary-punk anthems and also Mac’s other solo work, Portastatic. Non Believers features synthesisers and drum machines, concocting a dark, icey sound, but also manages to be uplifting in a way that New Wave really captured in the 80s.
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 a tough-to-figure bit of domestic drama involving Yo La Tengo themselves.