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Mac McCaughan
Laura Ballance
Jim Wilbur
Jon Wurster

The urgency of current events after the demoralizing 2016 election gave Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon of Superchunk the momentum to make something new sooner than later. “It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in.” Enter What a Time to Be Alive, Superchunk’s first album in over four years. It’s a record, says Mac, “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”

Indeed, like so much of Superchunk’s music in the band’s nearly three decades together, the songs on What a Time to Be Alive meet rage and anxiety head-on with the catharsis and exhilaration of loud punk fire and vulnerable pop energy. Like 2013’s I Hate Music, which focused on death, loss, and the role of music in an aging life, this new record brings spirit to the frontlines of pain—it’s as defiant as it is despairing, as much a call to arms as a throwing up of hands.

Written almost entirely between November 2016 and February 2017, What a Time to Be Alive was recorded and mixed by Beau Sorenson, who also worked on I Hate Music. The record also features more guest backing vocalists than any previous Superchunk album, including Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Skylar Gudasz, and David Bazan.


Superchunk What A Time To Be Alive

What a Time to Be Alive
Lost My Brain
Break the Glass
Bad Choices
Dead Photographers
I Got Cut
Reagan Youth
Cloud of Hate
All for You

Superchunk Superchunk

Sick To Move
My Noise
Let It Go
Slack Motherfucker
Down The Hall
Half A Life
Not Tomorrow

Superchunk On The Mouth

Precision Auto
From The Curve
For Tension
Package Thief
Swallow That
I Guess I Remembered It Wrong
New Low
The Question Is How Fast
Trash Heap
The Only Piece That You get

Superchunk Foolish

Like A Fool
The First Part
Water Wings
Driveway To Driveway
Saving My Ticket
Kicked In
Why Do You Have To Put A Date On Everything
Without Blinking
Keeping Track
Stretched Out
In A Stage Whisper

Superchunk Here's Where The Strings Come In

Hyper Enough
Silver Leaf And Snowy Tears
Yeah, It's Beautiful Here Too
Iron On
Sunshine State
Detroit Has A Skyline
Eastern Terminal
Animated Airplanes Over Germany
Green Flowers, Blue Fish
Here's Where The Strings Come In
Certain Stars

Superchunk Indoor Living

Unbelievable Things
Burn Last Sunday
Watery Hands
Nu Bruises
Every Single Instinct
Song For Marion Brown
The Popular Music
Under Our Feet
European Medicine
Martinis On The Roof

Superchunk Come Pick Me Up

So Convinced
Hello Hawk
Cursed Mirror
1000 Pounds
Good Dreams
Low Branches
Pink Clouds
Smarter Hearts
Honey Bee
June Showers
Pulled Muscle
Tiny Bombs
You Can Always Count On M
Low Branches (Acoustic)
Cursed Mirror (Acoustic)

Superchunk Here's To Shutting Up

Late-Century Dream
Rainy Streets
Phone Sex
Florida's On Fire
Out On The Wing
The Animal Has Left Its Shell
Act Surprised
Art Class (Song For Yayoi Kusama)
What Do You Look Forward To?
Drool Collection

Superchunk Majesty Shredding

Digging For Something
My Gap Feels Weird
Crossed Wires
Slow Drip
Fractures In Plaster
Learned To Surf
Winter Games
Rope Light
Hot Tubes
Everything At Once

Superchunk I Hate Music

Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
Staying Home
Low F
Trees of Barcelona
Breaking Down
Out of the Sun
Your Theme
What Can We Do

Superchunk No Pocky For Kitty

Skip Steps 1 & 3
Seed Toss
Cast Iron
Punch Me Harder
Sprung a Leak
30 Xtra
Tie a Rope to the Back of the Bus
Throwing Things