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Slight Self Promotion / Extending the Superchunk Car Metaphor

March 10, 2011

I’m not planning on writing a new post every time I post elsewhere, but from time to time I want to link to other things I’ve done in case you only follow one blog or another.

Anyway, last night I posted a few thoughts on Superchunk’s “Burn Last Sunday” on Some Songs Considered, my music blog. In the post, I talked about how the song’s arrangement works in reverse – the chorus is more subdued than the verse. Anyway, I’m particularly proud of the post only because it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to write about a song and not delete the entire thing. So go listen to the song and read my post there (and other posts there if you’re so inclined).

In addition, here’s a video of the band playing both “Burn Last Sunday” (here identified as “Last Sunday”) and “Precision Auto” from a show in Washington, D.C. in 1997.

It’s a great pairing of songs to go with my post. “Precision Auto” is the ideal of a certain type of Superchunk song – the frenetic, noisy rush – that “Burn Last Sunday” works against. If “Burn Last Sunday” puts on the brakes for the chorus, “Precision Auto” tries to drive the pedal straight through the floorboard. Both styles work, of course, and it’s a nice example of the stylistic choices that make Superchunk one of my favorite bands.


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