Portastatic News

Portastatic's The Summer of the Shark to be released on vinyl November 4

On November 4, Portastatic’s The Summer of the Shark will be available for the first time on vinyl as part of the monthly series of reissues to mark the 25th anniversary of Merge Records.

Beginning with this album, Portastatic evolved from a lo-fi side project to become the main focus of Superchunk's Mac McCaughan throughout that band's long hiatus in the early ’00s.

Pre-order The Summer of the Shark now on white vinyl in the Merge store. Mac McCaughan is performing solo in New York on October 23 at Hifi Bar.

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Mac McCaughan joins early voting rally in Durham, NC This Friday!

Early voting has begun in North Carolina, and to help spread the word, Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Portastatic & Merge will perform solo at a concert to raise awareness for Early Voting Friday, October 26 at Durham Central Park with Chapel Hill's Spider Bags and New Jersey band Titus Andronicus.

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The Concert to Defeat NC Amendment One featuring Bob Mould, The Love Language, Superchunk & more!

Merge Records is teaming up with the Haw River Ballroom, Cat's Cradle and others in opposition to North Carolina's Amendment One including the Coalition to Protect ALL North Carolina Families - to throw a Benefit Concert with Bob Mould, David Cross, Stuart McLamb of The Love Language, Tig Notaro, Amber Tamblyn and Superchunk (Acoustic Duo.) The concert will be held on May 6 at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC.

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A Guide to 2010 Merge Digital releases

It’s easy to miss out on some of the digital-only releases we throw your way—the Internet is a pretty crowded place these days! Here’s a quick summary of what you may have missed:

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Jeff Mangum, The Clean, Portastatic & more announce Chris Knox benefit in NYC - SOLD OUT!

On Thursday, May 6, Jeff Mangum, The Clean, Portastatic, Yo La Tengo, Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), Claudia Gonson (of The Magnetic Fields), Sharon Van Etten, John Mulaney, Robert Scott, David Kilgour & Dimmer will unite in an evening of music at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City to benefit New Zealand musician Chris Knox, who suffered a series of life-altering strokes last year.

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Portastatic on "The Spark" with Tift Merritt

From the Portastatic Blog: Local gal made good (and now living in the big city) Tift Merritt was back in NC recently and was kind enough to have me on her interview show The Spark, which she records for Marfa Public Radio...we talked about writing songs and listening to songs and record covers and all kinds of things, check it out here!   More >

Mac offers a new & improved list of "Arena Rock"

Luke DeCock, sports columnist from the Raleigh News and Observer asked Mac to come up with a list of selections to replace the deplorable "arena rock" used at the RBC Center during Carolina Hurricanes' games.   More >

Portastatic vs. Hot Chip

Portastatic covered Hot Chip's "And I Was a Boy from School" for Some Small Things You Can't Defend.   More >

Rock*A*Teens love!

Death Cab for Cutie frontman & friend of Merge, Ben Gibbard posted about The Rock*A*Teens on his MOG Blog. Read the post here! Listen to The Rock*A*Teens here! and Tenement Halls here! And Portastatic has a MOG page, too!   More >

Merge Charity Auction Update!

Thanks for making our charity auction successful thus far! There is still a bit more time left on our Merge Mega-Bundle, and we just added a signed <a href="http://www.portastatic.blogspot.com" Portastatic poster to our series of Ebay auctions to benefit TROSA and Oxfam America.   More >