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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