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"Superchunk top their pulverizing MHOW set with a Misfits cover for their encore. #horrorbusiness" - mike spinella

"i really wish superchunk would tour more often. one of the best shows of the year tonight at mhow." - jarid maged

Superchunk

"It was unclear just who was throwing the water balloons at last night's Superchunk show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, but the band, back in town with Majesty Shredding, their ninth full-length record and first since 2001, were clearly tickled that their fans still had it in them.

"You guys are rowdy tonight," singer-guitarist Mac McCaughan told the packed house of former teenagers halfway through the set, by way of congratulations. "Good for you."" [Capital]

If you were feeling nostalgic last night (9/19) in Brooklyn, where would you go? You had at least two choices. Pavement was playing the Williamsburg Waterfront (one of their five area shows) and Superchunk was at the considerably smaller Music Hall of Williamsburg (their third of three NYC shows) with openers Toddy Barry and Wild Nothing. Well, if you didn't have an advanced tickets to Superchunk, and couldn't get one at the door, at least after your choice was made for you, you could just walk a couple more blocks where Pavement had plenty of room (Pavement also ended early enough to see the headliners of both shows).

Superchunk started their NYC run at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, also played a free in-store at Other Music earlier on Sunday and will play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TONIGHT (9/20), so set your DVRs if you'll be out too late dancing to tunes chosen by Pavement's Bob Nastanovich at the Living Room. Set Colbert to tape too because that's the TV show Pavement will be on tonight.

Comedian and Music Hall opener Todd Barry, who took part in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest earlier in the weekend (and later Sunday night), sat in on drums with Superchunk for a Misfits song. Pics and video of that below.

Wild Nothing will be back in NYC in just 4 short days, as the band is scheduled to support Stars at Terminal 5 on 9/24 as part of a larger tour between the two. Tickets are still available.

More pictures, the Superchunk setlist, and video from both OM and MHOW (including one of Todd Barry playing "Horror Business" with the band), below...

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Wild Nothing

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Wild Nothing

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Wild Nothing

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Wild Nothing

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Superchunk 9/19/10 "Driveway to Driveway"

Superchunk - Skip Steps 1 & 3 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/19/10

Superchunk - Hello Hawk @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/19/10

Superchunk - My Gap is Weird @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/19/10

Superchunk - The First Part @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/19/10

Superchunk - Cast Iron @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/19/10

Superchunk - Slack Motherfucker @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/19/10

Superchunk & Todd Barry - Horror Business (Misfits)

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Comments (42)

Chose both. Best choice.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:47 PM

Sat night @ Bowery was awesome. I loved the second encore of Throwing Things - a real encore, since they'd already turned up the house lights and opened the exit doors when the band decided to come back out for one more.

I know it's passe' at best to say 'this was one of the best shows of the year' but... yeah, it was.

Sounds like MHOW may have been even better though, dammit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:48 PM

This show was awesome. I was shaking my butt so much, that if it was a food processor, the band name would be changed from "superchunk" to "extra smooth"

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:56 PM

Fucking amazing show

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:59 PM

You completely missed that there was another amazing special guest.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 6:02 PM

I'm still buzzing from that show at the MHOW. so much freakin' fun. Superchunk rules.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 6:09 PM

every show seems like it is the best show of the year anymore...fucking stupid

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 6:15 PM

Thank you 6:15p. You're right. I'm tired of that bullshit. Every show is "epic." Every band "killed it last night." Every show is "this is our JFK assasination. Years from now people will be asking us where we were when that band was playing that night."

All crap. Nobody is going to make me feel bad about staying at home.

Posted by Wilbur | September 20, 2010 6:24 PM

perhaps if you guys hadn't stayed at home masturbating and watching adult swim you wouldn't feel so bad about missing superchunk last night

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 6:40 PM

^^^^ was last night your Kennedy Assassination?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 6:53 PM

Well, 6:40p, if you took a poll on whether people would rather give up seeing superchunk live or give up masturbation I think you would be pretty suprised about the findings.

Posted by Wilbur | September 20, 2010 7:05 PM

Good point. However, if you masturbate five times a day like I do, you can spare the occasional wank to go see Superchunk every now and again.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 7:08 PM

At that rate I would never see Superchunk. If I do it once during the day I fall asleep for an hour. Five times would put me in a coma.

Posted by Wilbur | September 20, 2010 7:23 PM

Christine O'Donnell would not approve of this talk....

Superchunk Rock AND Rule...

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 7:25 PM

"i really wish superchunk would tour more often. one of the best shows of the year tonight at mhow."

Superchunk play all the time in NYC. They might not tour, but the definitely play NYC. I guess jarid does not get out much.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 7:28 PM

superchunk has played 4 shows (2 were free) in nyc since 2007.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 7:56 PM

they don't tour much. mac and laura have that label thing to run.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 8:16 PM

There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly. The... the other important joke, for me, is one that's usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I think it appears originally in Freud's "Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious," and it goes like this - I'm paraphrasing - um, "I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member." That's the key joke of my adult life, in terms of my relationships with women.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 8:58 PM

John Fucking Darnielle of the Mountain Goats comes out and sings a song and can't even get a mention, but Todd Barry is in the headline?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 9:34 PM

^exactamundo!

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 9:39 PM

8:58. Way to copy and paste Woody Allen.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 10:14 PM

i like super chunks of chick peas in my hummus

Posted by chunklet | September 20, 2010 10:26 PM

"superchunk has played 4 shows (2 were free) in nyc since 2007."

Was the Irving Plaza show before 2007? I don't think so. What about the Housing Works show?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 10:58 PM

the McCarren Pool show a couple years ago was pretty great. and they did "Slack Motherfucker" at that one, which is much better than any Misfits song. Still sorry I missed this MHOW show though-sounds like it was rad.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 11:19 PM

best show of the year

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 11:33 PM

despite Madonna's efforts,

best show of the year

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 11:34 PM

11:19, they also played Slack Motherfucker at this show.

Encore that's not on that written setlist:
Horror Business
Cast Iron
Slack Motherfucker
Precision Auto

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 11:44 PM

crowd looks really old. i didnt know people that old go to shows.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 11:50 PM

They always play Slack Motherfucker. MHoW got Precision Auto, the Bowery got Hyper Enough.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 12:11 AM

Blurry photo of typed setlist =/ what they actually played.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 12:55 AM

^^^Don't talk about your Mom like that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 1:07 AM


if hum did a superchunk cover set, it would be caller hummuschunk

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 1:21 AM

@11:50pm

The old crowd was the best part. People pogo'd, rather than moshed. Nobody fought their way to the front of the crowd after arriving late/drunk. Strangers were talking to each other between sets. It was fucking great. I probably only saw 3 or 4 people even holding cell phones all night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 8:32 AM

Amen to that, band was incredible, crowd was totally into it, it was one of the better shows of the year!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 8:45 AM

sorry for the blurry setlist guys, i had already put my camera away, so that was snapped with my phone and that girl wouldn't take it outta her mouth :)

Posted by chris gersbeck | September 21, 2010 9:12 AM

Those were beers being thrown - not water balloons.... sorry to burst your um... balloon.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 9:52 AM

wish they'd played Skip Steps 1 and 3 at Bowery. But Todd Barry rules hard, who cares about Mountain Goats?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 11:05 AM

SuperMEHchunk. Zzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 11:57 AM

super MEH chunk. genius. never gets old.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 12:11 PM

I guess I'm considered young (23) and I'll agree that old crowds >>>>>>>>>>>>> young crowds

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 2:58 PM

That crowd is "really old?" LOL, you crazy kids.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 3:52 PM

old these days = having conscious memories of the 90s.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 8:03 PM

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