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jason on 06/21/2010 at 02:00PM

Primavera Sound recap pt1: Superchunk (mp3)

Mac of Superchunk live on the San Miguel stage at Primavera Sound Taken on May 27, 2010. Photo used under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license, via Everett Nathan Wind as Cochese on flickr

For the second year in a row, Primavera Sound made WFMU the official American radio station for their unparalleled 3-day festival in Barcelona, Spain. The multi-stage festival was bigger and better than ever as it celebrated its 10th anniversary with a lineup of heavy hitters and WFMU favorites like Pavement, Sic Alps, Wire, The Books, The Clean, The Slits, Thee Oh Sees, New Pornographers, Diplo, Wilco, Camarón de la Isla, and So Cow. Many of these sets are now archived streaming on WFMU's special events page, and starting today we're posting some mp3 highlights to WFMU's Blog and Free Music Archive!

Kicking things off is the one and only Superchunk! The legendary kings of indie rock are back to reclaim their crown with their first new album in nine years, Majesty Shredding, slated for a September 14th release on Merge Records. Singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan and bassist Laura Ballance founded Merge back in 1989 with the release of Superhcunk's debut, the "Slack Motherfucker" 7''. That anthemic tune was one of many classics from the 2010 Primavera set, which was broadcast in its entirely on Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic. Also in the mix was "Detroit Has a Skyline" (mp3 below), "Learn to Surf" (off the forthcoming album), and "Precision Auto" featuring the omnipresent Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav on guest vocals -- also check out his stage appearance during Liquid Liquid's set on WFMU's youtube).

The live performance and new album both feature a classic Superchunk lineup -- unchanged since the early 90's -- with Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance joined by Jim Wilbur on guitar and the renaissance man Jon Wurster on drums. You can check out a video teaser for Majesty Shredding over at vimeo, or after the jump.

Elsewhere on the FMA, you can catch Mac performing a solo set as Portastatic live over the phone from Chapel Hill, as broadcast on Phoning It In where "lo-fi is the right fi".

Stay tuned to the FMA where we'll be posting mp3 highlights from Primavera Sound all week long, and in the meantime, enjoy some Prima-Video's after the jump


Superchunk - Majesty Shredding from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Superhcunk performing Precision Auto with Tim Harrington stage appearance



Liquid Liquid live, with Tim Harrington stage appearance



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