Some Small History

Some Small History

by Portastatic
     
 
Mac McCaughan is nothing if not prolific. As if cranking out the indie rock for Superchunk wasn't enough, in 1994 he started Portastatic as an outlet for his solo recordings and songs that wouldn't fit within the Superchunk esthetic. The two bands ran neck and neck for years in terms of both frequency of release

Overview

Mac McCaughan is nothing if not prolific. As if cranking out the indie rock for Superchunk wasn't enough, in 1994 he started Portastatic as an outlet for his solo recordings and songs that wouldn't fit within the Superchunk esthetic. The two bands ran neck and neck for years in terms of both frequency of release and high standard of quality until Superchunk was semi-retired in the early 2000s. Portastatic never slowed, though, and now some might be bold enough to say the side project has surpassed the day job band. Doubters should check some of the recent Portastatic releases or maybe this collection of single tracks, demos, versions, and cover songs for some independent verification. Some Small History is a career-spanning set that documents McCaughan's growth as a songwriter, his knack for knocking out a stunning cover version (his take on Hot Chip's "And I Was a Boy from School" is worth the price of admission, and the acoustic treatment of the Undertones' "Teenage Kicks" somehow makes one of the most joyous songs ever written into a melancholy ballad) and gives fans a chance to have all these rare and collectable songs in one handy package. The non-chronological track list may frustrate strict collector types, but the quality and rarity of the tracks here should take away any slight sting the sequencing may inspire. Full of emotional songs and the kind of inspired performances that made him an indie rock hero, Some Small History is a true treasure for fans of Mac McCaughan and Portastatic.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Merge Records
UPC:
0673855033327
catalogNumber:
50333
Rank:
138440

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Starter
  2. Sandals with White Socks
  3. Oh Sweet Carolina
  4. Lousy Penpal
  5. A Cunning Latch
  6. Teenage Kicks
  7. Too Trashed to Smoke
  8. Skinny Glasses Girl
  9. Trajectory
  10. Power Supply
  11. Josephine
  12. Race You Home
  13. Make You Up
  14. Your Own Cloud
  15. When Love Breaks Down
  16. Portraits from Before the War
  17. Gray Robins
  18. Easily Aroused
  19. Guessing
  20. Little Fern
  21. All I Need Is You
  22. You Love to Fail

Disc 2

  1. Some Small History
  2. San Andreas Crouch
  3. Not the Same
  4. And I Was a Boy from School
  5. Spying on the Spys
  6. Too Close to the Screen
  7. Weighted Raft
  8. Dragging a Crow
  9. Soft Fruit
  10. I Wanna Know Girls
  11. Feel Better
  12. Useless Switch
  13. Had
  14. Secret Session
  15. Tugboat
  16. Codes, Runes, Dunes
  17. Candy Cigarettes
  18. Firefly
  19. La Pelicula
  20. Look, Honey, Peaches
  21. Replacement Parts
  22. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

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