Six more albums to go until this 31 Days of Music: Best of 2013 comes to a close. As one of the indie/college radio pioneers Superchunk returned to the fold with I Hate Music a sonically pleasing display of sharp lyrics and fuzzy guitars.
After almost a decade of inactivity North Carolina’s Superchunk has been working overtime the past few years embarking on a plethora of live shows and delivering a couple of great records to the music listening public. 2013’s I Hate Music picked up where Majesty Shredding ended as the rejuvenated band continues to churn out some of the best music of their careers.
Like a fine wine Mac McCaughan and crew keep getting better and better as they age. I Hate Music is loaded with the quirky lyrics we have all grown to love as the record weaves in and out of the pop, rock and punk musical realms. The songs “Void” and “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” possess the power pop qualities of bands from the 70’s (think Big Star) while blowing away much of today’s crap that masquerades as power pop. Classic Superchunk shines through on “Low F” as Mac’s vocals climb their way out of chunky rhythms and fuzz filled guitars. Proving they are not too old to crank it up, the 1:15 “Staying Home” is a chaotic punk filled romp as vicious guitar riffs explode into the listener’s ear holes. On the other end of the spectrum is the epic 6+ minute “What Can We Do”. A beautiful tune that almost has a symphonic feel it walks a thin line between ballad and rocker. My personal favorite is the opening track “Overflow”. It exemplifies everything that is right with the music of Superchunk.
Superchunk’s music keeps evolving as they progress through their never ending career and some of the songs on I Hate Music rank right up there with their best work. From the first song until their familiar hum leaves the speakers there are no dull moments on this record. The band once again shows off their fine lyrical abilities and the skill to turn fuzz into a beautiful sound. As long as Superchunk continues to make music, all is right with the world.
31 Days of Music: Best of 2013
31 - Futurebirds - Baba Yaga
30 - Mike Snowden - One Man Cigar Box Guitar Band Live
29 - Teen Getaway - Hits and Missives
28 - Barrence Whitfield & the Savages - Dig Thy Savage Soul
27 - Robert Pollard - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
26 - Camper Van Beethoven - La Costa Perdida
25 - Je Suis France - Coleslaw III Drymouth
24 - Dorado - Anger, Hunger, Love and the Fear of Death
23 - Ezra Furman - Day of the Dog
22 - Hymn For Her - Lucy & Wayne's Smokin' Hot Flames
21 - Patrick Sweany - Close To The Floor
20 - Tedo Stone - Good Go Bad
19 - Chandler Travis Three-O - This Is What Bears Look Like Under Water
18 - Devon Allman - Turquoise
17 - Kick The Robot - Music To Fight The Future
16 - Sebadoh - Defend Yourself
15 - Escondido - The Ghost of Escondido
14 - Doc Feldman & the LD50 - Sundowning at the Station
13 - Porter & the Pollies - Self Titled EP
12 - Drivin' n' Cryin' - Songs From The Psychedelic Time Clock
11 - Deathfix - Self-Titled
10 - Chris Stamey - Lovesick Blues
09 - Have Gun, Will Travel - Fact, Fiction or Folklore
08 - T. Hardy Morris - Audition Tapes
07 - Great Peacock - Self-titled EP
06 - Superchunk - I Hate Music