With a new CD out, and–even more impressive–an appearance on NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, I thought it would be fun to revisit Superchunk’s output (starting with their EPs).
This is the earliest Superchunk EP that I own. The title track is a bracing four minute blast of speedy alt-rock. It has a poppy structure but the guitar is distorted enough to keep the song interesting over repeated listens. Of course, it’s the catchy chorus that sells the song. And it sets the tone for future Superchunk tracks: high pitched vocals sung loud and with unimpeachable pop sensibility.
The second track is “Forged It” a more punk-sounding track that, when the chord changes come in, makes it sound like it’s moving even faster. A blistering guitar solo muscles its way into the song, too. The final track is “100,000 Fireflies” a cover of The Magnetic Fields song (and one that they play quite often, it seems). It’s given suitable bratty treatment from the band.
[READ: October 2, 2010] “Birdsong”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the second to last 20 Under 40 author from the New Yorker. This story has the delightful exoticism of being set in Lagos.
And yet, the basic premise is quite simple: a wealthy married man falls for a woman and they begin an affair. It’s a fairly typical story of illicit love and jealous. However, some details are rather different: he allows her to move into his “work” house (he bought it to turn it into condos, but he liked it so much he kept it as an office). And she lives with him in this way for around 18 months.
Her office mate, a judgmental woman who she would never be friendly with if they didn’t work together is very disapproving of this affair, and always calls him, “your man” knowing fully well that he is actually someone else’s man.
And that, in addition to the love he clearly shows to his wife eats away at her. So, in many ways, this is a fairly conventional story. (more…)