The Gist: Mac McCaughan performs live in studio, and Magna Carta.

Mac McCaughan: Solochunk

Mac McCaughan: Solochunk

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 3 2015 6:21 PM

Mac McCaughan: Solochunk

The Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder performs live in Slate studios under his own name.

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Mac McCaughan has released "Non-Believers,"his first solo album under his own name.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy Merge Records.

Listen to Episode 270 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, a new album from Mac McCaughan captures the feeling of being 15 in 1982. His new album Non-Believers is available from the label he co-founded, Merge Records. In our segment, you’ll hear the tracks “Box Batteries” from the new album, and at the end of the show, “Noisy Night” by Portastatic. For the Spiel, (the) Magna Carta explained.


Plus, be sure to come see Mac live in Durham, North Carolina for Mom and Dad Are Fighting LIVE!: The Indie Rock Parenting Edition at Mororco on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.