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Superchunk Indoor Living

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Superchunk Indoor Living on 180g LP + Download

Newly Remastered Reissue with Liner Notes by Laura Ballance & Producer/Engineer John Plymale

Includes a Bonus Download of a Live Concert Recorded at Duke University in 1997

Merge Records is pleased to release a newly remastered reissue of Superchunk’s out-of-print 1997 album Indoor Living. Merge's second in their 2014 series of reissues in celebration of the label's 25th anniversary, Indoor Living will be released on LP with new liner notes by Laura Ballance and producer/engineer John Plymale. The LP will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and will include a download of a live concert recorded at Duke University in 1997.

Ana Marie Cox, who wrote the original SPIN Magazine review of the album, revisited the record for its reissue:
"With a lot of Superchunk products, it’s easy to think there’s a simple message because the music is so direct. But on Indoor Living, typically unfussy guitar hooks and shout-sung tag lines that beg for an audience to croon along—“Let’s burn last Sunday” - are just the overarching structure of a record that moons over details: “Marquee” drapes a lazy sonic arm over the seat, pulling you in for a story about egos twisting apart (“The arc of lights / above your head / is not to be believed”). “Martinis on the Roof ” puts a slightly manic, rueful smile on the loss of a friend, a search for that emotion that lurks in a mix of anger and nostalgia: “Well the wasted space is mine / Yeah I hardly have the right to sing about it.”

"Indoor Living is about domestication: The taming and training of human beings to inhabit each others’ lives, during which a certain amount of blood is spilled. But anyone can write a break-up record, anyone can color in a broken heart all black. It takes a more sophisticated eye to find the light and perfect moments that happen even when we wish they didn’t, and Indoor Living is a scrapbook of those moments. A request for mercy comes across like an in-joke (“We both know that I’ve got bad knees”) in “Watery Hands.” “European Medicine” is a lively travelog that’s by turns amusingly fatalistic (“All our wine just froze, so much for your sunny coast”) and achingly needy (“Hold my hand steady while I write / Look over my shoulder all night”). Even “The Popular Music,” the record’s angriest slice of heartache, has a protagonist that can’t quite pull off a fully punk rock tantrum: “I’m smashing not washing the china you left me to use,” but “making mosaics of scenes from the parts of my life that you left me to lose.”

"Angst is easy, hope is hard. Thinking you’re going to die from a broken heart is easy, knowing you won’t is hard. Adulthood is about forsaking the black and white resolutions of youth for a more complicated, and resonant, resilience: From “Burn Last Sunday,” one of the saddest lines in indie rock: “The branches you thought you’d break / Well, they just bend.” In music and with people, maturity happens when the sharp edges and jangly rhythms of angst and outrage give over to fuller conversations. Indoor Living shows that you don’t have to lose a single joule of energy in becoming a little more self-reflective. You just have to be willing to take it all in.

"Trying to hear Indoor Living the way I heard it sixteen years ago was easier than I wanted it to be. Though of course - of course! - I’ve listened to the record on and off in the intervening time, I had forgotten how familiar this record is to me. I had forgotten I knew all the words to every song, could anticipate every hesitant drop in rhythm and wavering chorus. This record was the soundtrack of being 25 and because of that, it does remind me of a really specific time; but that time is not so much the late ’90s as the turning point between adolescence and adulthood, which happens later and later to me every year." 

Superchunk Indoor Living Track Listing:

LP
1.  Unbelievable Things
2.  Burn Last Sunday
3.  Marquee
4.  Watery Hands
5.  Nu Bruises
6.  Every Single Instinct
7.  Song for Marion Brown
8.  The Popular Music
9.  Under Our Feet
10. European Medicine
11. Martinis on the Roof

Bonus Download: Clambakes Vol 8: We’d Like to Thank the Homecoming Committee – Live at Duke 1997
1.  Younger Bums (Big Dipper cover)
2.  Burn Last Sunday
3.  Cast Iron
4.  Watery Hands
5.  Song for Marion Brown
6.  Sunshine State
7.  I Guess I Remembered It Wrong
8.  Nu Bruises
9.  Marquee
10. Shallow End
11. Driveway to Driveway
12. Hyper Enough
13. Bye Bye Kitty Cat (Mice cover)
14. Precision Auto
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1. Unbelievable Things
2. Burn Last Sunday
3. Marquee
4. Watery Hands
5. Nu Bruises
6. Every Single Instinct
7. Song for Marion Brown
8. The Popular Music
9. Under Our Feet
10. European Medicine
11. Martinis on the Roof


Bonus Download: Clambakes Vol 8: We’d Like to Thank the Homecoming Committee – Live at Duke 1997
1. Younger Bums (Big Dipper cover)
2. Burn Last Sunday
3. Cast Iron
4. Watery Hands
5. Song for Marion Brown
6. Sunshine State
7. I Guess I Remembered It Wrong
8. Nu Bruises
9. Marquee
10. Shallow End
11. Driveway to Driveway
12. Hyper Enough
13. Bye Bye Kitty Cat (Mice cover)
14. Precision Auto

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