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DOWNLOAD: Versus - Invincible Hero (MP3)

Superchunk @ South Street Seaport July 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)

Those at LPR's Chris Knox benefit on May 6th got a taste of Superchunk when frontman Mac McCaughan closed his Portastatic set (backed by Yo La Tengo) with a rousing version of Superchunk's anthemic early single "Slack Motherfucker." Well, good news: Superchunk will be in NYC for proper shows at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, September 18th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday, September 19th. Tickets for both shows go on sale Wednesday, May 19th at noon.

Maybe the shows will be in support of a new album...

"Superchunk never broke up or went on hiatus, they've just been moving slowly -- very slowly -- for the last decade, recording a handful of songs, playing one or two charity or small gigs a year. No particular event, (I thought it may have been their Coachella show last year) really pushed the idea of recording forward for Majesty Shredding, awesomely (just) named ninth Superchunk LP, according to drummer Jon Wurster. "I think it was having the time. Or maybe not even having the time but knowing that if we wanted to do this we have to make the time for it, which is kind of how it turned out. There was never really a defining moment where we decided, let's do this again, actually making an album," he says. "And I don't even think we had a goal in mind. I think it was just 'Let's see how it goes, and if we're still into it-it's like five songs, let's keep going.'" They found time together between their other gigs: Jon Wurster's been drumming for Mountain Goats, touring with Ben Gibbard, Jay Ferrar, and Carl Newman, and hosting WFMU's The Best Show, Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance run Merge records, while guitarist Jim Wilbur plays in Portastatic and works at a bookstore in Durham, North Carolina." [Stereogum]
Last time they were in NYC (July '09), Superchunk played an outdoor show with labelmates Versus, who just announced the details of their first album in ten years, On the Ones and Threes, due August 13th on Merge. Versus will be at the Bell House on July 9th and in DC on July 10th as part of the six-date Teen Beat Records tour with Unrest, the Rondelles and more. The NYC show is sold out.

About the new Versus album, Merge writes:

On the Ones and Threes is something of a return to form, featuring the reappearances of original member Edward Baluyut, and engineer Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Cat Power, Spoon) who worked on Secret Swingers and Two Cents Plus Tax.

The deluxe-edition double-LP format will feature an alternate sequence and two additional tracks from the album's recording sessions. These extra tracks will also be available as a bonus for immediate download when you pre-order the CD or the deluxe double-LP in the Merge store beginning June 8.

Versus has more tour dates TBA. Other dates for Superchunk include a set at Primavera Fest, a gig in North Carolina and assorted fests. Videos from Superchunk's appearance at SXSW 2010 and more info about the Versus album are below...

Superchunk at SXSW 2010 - Cedars Courtyard

SXSW 2010: Superchunk

Superchunk - 2010 Tour Dates
May 21 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
May 27-29 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
June 19 Denver, CO - Westword Festival
June 20 Chicago, IL - Taste of Randolph Street Festival w/The Love Language
July 24 Omaha, NB - Maha Music Festival
Sept 17 Washington, DC- 930 Club
Sept 18 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Sept 19 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sept 21 Boston, MA- Royale
Sept 22 Philadelphia, PA- Trocadero

Versus "On the Ones and Threes"
Track Listing (CD):
1. Invisible Hero
2. Nu Skin
3. Into Blue
4. Gone to Earth
5. Cicada
6. Erstwhile
7. Pink Valhalla
8. Saturday Saints
9. Scientists
10. The Ones and Threes

Track Listing (deluxe-edition double-LP):
1. Death Ray
2. Invincible Hero
3. Erstwhile
4. Gone To Earth
5. Cicada
6. Into Blue
7. Saturday Saints
8. Scientists
9. Neither Nor
10. The Ones and Threes
11. Pink Valhalla
12. Nu Skin



Comments (21)

They played Irving Plaza, the pool parties, Housing Works, and South St Seaport in the past few years, so I don't know why people insist they broke up. They are always playing!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 2:58 PM

versus is playing at the bell house on July 9, not June 9 (as you have it listed currently). psyched for that show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 3:03 PM

"July 9, not June 9"

fixed, thanks!

Posted by brooklynvegan | May 17, 2010 3:09 PM

Awesome. I saw Superchunk and Versus together in 1994 too! We had Versus sign our records and they wrote, "We'll never be famous!" Indeed, but the music of both bands has stood the test of time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 3:40 PM

hell ya, this is awesome

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 3:40 PM

so irrelevant now it's kinda pointless

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 3:48 PM

when is this onsale?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 4:02 PM

when does good music become irrelevant to you, 3:48? is there some sort of expiry date that others don't know about? when that alarm goes off, do you clear your shelf of these affected LPs and CDs?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 4:16 PM

Tix on Sale Wed 5/19 at noon.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 4:16 PM


Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 4:19 PM

so irrelevant now it's kinda pointless

Yeah.. they're no Sleigh Bells... If that's the kind of shit that's "relevant" then my musical tastes shall forever be irrelevant...and I'm just fine with that... in fact I'm pretty damn happy about it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 4:34 PM

aren't you tired of the pogo stick dance move yet?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 4:57 PM

why not just have a reunion of EVERY SINGLE FUCKING BAND between 1990-1998

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 4:58 PM

it's insane that people take the time to angrily comment about a band they don't care about or a show they won't attend. if you don't like superchunk, don't read this article. superchunk never broke up, were never a bad or offensive band, and are great live.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 5:11 PM

four dates added to the tour.

Posted by brooklynvegan | May 17, 2010 5:58 PM

i can't believe people on here are really shitting on superchunk.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 6:55 PM


Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2010 10:44 PM

I'll be in NYC from 9/16-9/27. The week(+) is rounding out quite nicely.

Ween (x1)
Superchunk (x2)
Pavement (x4)

Might only hit up one Superchunk show if something else pops up.

Posted by Mike B | May 18, 2010 1:32 AM

Friday: Ween
Saturday: Superchunk
Sunday: Patriots @ Jets

Fuck yeah!

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 10:38 AM

Superchunk! That's awesome

Posted by post-punk | May 19, 2010 12:06 PM

To the moron who said:
"why not just have a reunion of EVERY SINGLE FUCKING BAND between 1990-1998"

If many of the artists that defined 90s indie were to continue to 'reunite', the world of music would be a much better place indeed. I am tired of the drivel indie rock has become, thanks to certain websites (you know who I am referring to) and how they spoon-feed modern hipsters everything from their music to their fashion. The 90s ruled, and in terms of music still blow away most of today's shite labeled "indie".....

Long live the Chunk, Polvo, Versus, Erectus Monotone, Small, Archers and many more.....

Posted by anon | August 4, 2010 10:12 AM

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