September 29, 2008

Merge offers 11 free Portastatic tracks

Merge Records is offering registered members of its online storefront a chance to download 11 additional tracks (a bonus disc, essentially) to accompany its recent Portastatic collection, Some Small History. You can download them as either high-bitrate MP3s or FLAC files. Portastatic frontman Mac McCaughan even includes bonus liner notes for the eleven tracks. And, for all you RVA peeps, there's an Honor Role cover!

Portastatic played twice in Charlottesville in the fall of 2006 — once was Mac opening for M. Ward at Satellite Ballroom with just multi-instrumentalist Margaret White as his "band"; he then came back a month later and headlined the same room with a full ensemble and Jennifer O'Connor opening. Very few people showed up for the second show and I felt pretty awful about it, but Portastatic played an energetic set that far exceeded anyone's expectations for such a dreadful turnout. Mac and Margaret also came by my radio show that afternoon and graciously gave me an interview and played a couple of songs. Mac truly is one of the classiest guys I've met in the biz.

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1 comment:

  1. If I could make a big dinner and invite rock people who I would love to break bread with - Mac would be at the top of my list. I don't know him but he seems really really nice from everything I have ever heard about him.