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Portastatic

Mac McCaughan became an indie rock hero while fronting Superchunk and by founding and managing the successful Merge Records -- Portastatic was the outlet for his solo recordings and songs that didn't quite fit his day job band. The side project began in 1992 when Tom Scharpling of 18 Wheeler Records asked McCaughan to release some of his lo-fi four-track recordings; he obliged with the singles "Sandals with White Socks" and "Starter." Then in 1994 McCaughan released an entire Portastatic album, I Hope Your Heart Is Not Brittle, followed by the Scrapbook EP and more albums, 1995's Slow Note from a Sinking Ship and 1997's The Nature of Sap, which progressively became less lo-fi in nature. Released in 2000, the De Mel, de Melão EP paid homage to classic Brazilian artists like Caetano Veloso and Arnaldo Baptista. In 2001 McCaughan returned with Looking for Leonard, the score to a film written and directed by Superchunk fans Matt Bissonette and Steven Clark.

Around this time Superchunk went into semi-retirement and Portastatic became McCaughan's full-time group and a real band with revolving membership (though often including Superchunk'sJim Wilbur on drums). The full-length Summer of the Shark was released in 2003, followed by an album of covers and live songs (Autumn Was a Lark) later that same year. As Merge's profile in the indie world and beyond continued to grow (Arcade Fire and Spoon even reaching the upper reaches of the Billboard charts), so did the quality of Portastatic's output. Bright Ideas (2005) and Be Still Please (2006) are excellent albums that exhibit McCaughan's first-rate songwriting, and his 2006 soundtrack for Who Loves the Sun shows off his arranging and composing skills. In 2008 the band released a career-spanning collection of rarities and singles, Some Small History. ~ John Bush & Tim Sendra
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Some Small History

Disc 1

1. Some Small History

2. San Andreas Crouch (Demo)

3. Not The Same

4. And I Was A Boy From School

5. Spying On The Spys (Demo)

6. Too Close To The Screen

7. Weighted Raft

8. Dragging A Crow

9. Soft Fruit

10. I Wanna Know Girls (Acoustic)

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

Disc 2

1. Starter

2. Sandals With White Socks

3. Oh My Sweet Carolina

4. Lousy Penpal

5. A Cunning Latch (Acoustic)

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

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Track List: Be Still Please

1. Sour Shores

2. Black Buttons

3. I'm In Love (With Arthur Dove)

4. Sweetness And Light

5. Getting Saved

6. You Blanks

7. Like A Pearl

8. Cheers And Applause

9. Song For A Clock

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Track List: Who Loves The Sun

1. Will's Return

2. The Sunset Rock

3. Maggie At The Dock

4. Fighting Music

5. Seems Like A Long Time Ago

6. The Search For Daniel

7. Nice One

8. Lively Chase

9. Snake Music

10. Nice Strums

11. Do You Want To Know?

12. Maggie And Mary

13. Stretch Waltz

14. Tremolo Chase

15. A Bit Pastoral

16. Just Like A Real Book

17. Is That Mars?

18. Will's Return Complete

19. Fishing Music

20. Once Nice Piano

21. Last Kiss Music

22. Older Summers

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Track List: Bright Ideas

1. Bright Ideas

2. Through With People

3. White Wave

4. I Wanna Know Girls

5. Little Fern

6. Truckstop Cassettes

7. The Soft Rewind

8. Registered Ghost

9. Center Of The World

10. Full Of Stars

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Track List: Autumn Was A Lark

1. Autumn Got Dark

2. Baby Blue

3. Growin' Up

4. In The Lines

5. One For The Road

6. [NYC, Raining, 5 AM)]

7. Clay Cakes (Acoustic)

8. A Cunning Latch (Acoustic)

9. Bobby Jean (Acoustic)

10. Don't Disappear (Acoustic)

11. You Know Where To Find Me (Acoustic)

12. Drill Me (Acoustic)

13. San Andreas (Acoustic)

14. Isn't That The Way (Acoustic)

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Track List: The Summer Of The Shark

1. Oh Come Down

2. In The Lines

3. Windy Village

4. Through A Rainy Lens

5. Don't Disappear

6. Swimming Through Tires

7. Chesapeake

8. Noisy Night

9. Clay Cakes

10. Drill Me

11. Paratrooper

12. Hey Salty

13. Bonus Track

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Track List: The Perfect Little Door

1. Had

2. Hey Salty

3. Late Night Wait Around

4. Broken Arm

5. When You Crashed

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Track List: Looking For Leonard (Soundtrack)

1. Looking For Leonard Theme

2. Stumbling Music

3. Luka's Theme

4. 'Do You Speak English?'

5. Stealing Romance

6. Johnny's Dead

7. Jo's Plan

8. Luka's Theme (Shaker Mix)

9. Sweethearts (Organ Mix)

10. Funeral Music

11. Only Good People Wonder If They're Bad

12. The Chase

13. A Dead End

14. Sweethearts Of The World

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Track List: De Mel, De Melao

1. Baby

2. Lamento Sertanejo

3. I Fell In Love One Day

4. Nao Identificado

5. Clareana

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Track List: The Nature Of Sap

1. You Know Where To Find Me

2. A Lovely Nile

3. Hurricane Warning (Ignored)

4. Reverse Lester

5. Flare

6. Jonathan's Organ

7. Before You Sailed Around The World

8. Ben's Revenge

9. Impolite Cheers

10. Spying On The Spys

11. Bjjt

12. Landed

13. If You Could Sing

14. The Nature Of Sap

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Track List: Slow Note From A Sinking Ship

1. When You Crashed

2. Skinny Glasses Girl

3. San Andreas

4. Taking You With Me

5. The Angels Of Sleep

6. A Cunning Latch

7. Spooky

8. The Great Escape

9. Running Water

10. You Can't Win

11. Isn't That The Way

12. On Our Hands

13. Pastime

14. In The Manner Of Anne Frank

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Track List: Scrapbook EP

1. St. Elmo's Fire

2. Why Pinch Yourself

3. A Bear That Chokes

4. My Favorite Sound

5. Scrapbook X's

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Track List: I Hope Your Heart Is Not Brittle

1. Mute2

2. Polaroid

3. Gutter

4. Naked Pilseners

5. Tree Killer

6. Creeping Around

7. Weird Time

8. Silver Screw

9. Beer And Chocolate Bars

10. Had

11. Memphis

12. Receiver

13. Why Have You Come Back

14. The Main Thing

15. (Untitled)

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Track List: Sour Shores

1. Sour Shores

2. And I Was A Boy From School

3. Portraits From Before The War

4. Sour Shores (Acoustic Demo)

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Ports static has always been a face and a staple in the soundtrack of my life ever since highschool!! !
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I almost envy you, jjduddles! Superchunk and any off-shoot projects are way worth getting into!
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Only now getting into Superchunk, so it's cool to find this...
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I wondered why this guys voice annoyed me so much. Then I read the bio and saw it was the dude from Superchunk. Asked and answered, thumbs down and I hope I never hear this again.
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thumbs down.....sou n d s like some teenie bop high school thing.
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Just heard "Through With People" for the 1st time. COOL TUNE! Thanks Pandora.
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indierok6
who do you think inspired kids like The Get Up Kids? I think you mean The Get Up Kids sound like Portastatic/ S u p e r c h u n k .
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joelhorton
sounds a lot like he should go back to Superchunk!
Portastatic is good and all but c'mon its been almost 10 years since a Chunk album.
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Thought it was Get Up Kids or New Amsterdams at first, but it's fun and upbeat.
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sounds alot like the get up kids
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Sounds alot like one of the members of Goo Goo Dolls

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