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Portastatic / Summer of the Shark, the
Album:Summer of the Shark, the Collection:General
Artist:Portastatic Added:06/2003
Label:Merge Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-09-08 Pull Date:2003-11-10 
Week Ending:9 Nov28 Sep14 Sep
Airplays:111

 Recent Airplay
1.Nov 05, 2003:press and release
Oh Come Down
3.Sep 09, 2003:Arabian Nights
Oh Come Down
2.Sep 23, 2003:Tuesday Afternoon Radio Program
In the Lines

Album Review
johnn
Reviewed 2003-08-27 
This is the solo project of Mac McCaughan, formerly of Superchunk and co-owner of Merge Records. Songs vary from sad acoustic pop to more rockin’ noisy tracks. At times, the indie rockin’ songs are very similar the Elephant 6 bands. I’m not crazy about this album, but there are still some decent catchy songs here. Note: There is a static-like metronome in tracks 3-13 that may be a CDR encoding glitch. It might be intentional because sometimes it works well, but I’m guessing that this is not what it’s supposed to sound like. 3, 6, 10, 8, 1

1. starts as acoustic duet, then becomes a lazy sweet pure pop song
2. slow acoustic pop with a sad tension that doesn’t ever break
3. catchy and upbeat rock, noisy and fuzzy guitars
4. midtempo groove built around static-y metronome
5. lazy pop with continuing static-y metronome
6. piano, horns, sweet vocals. slow ballad.
7. upbeat, catchy pop song fitting to elephant 6
8. midtempo sad acoustic pop
9. starts as slow acoustic, then becomes upbeat catchy groove
10. catchy midtempo indie rock a la elephant 6.
11. quiet sweet acoustic number
12. lazy acoustic rock song with a lot of falsetto
13. distant piano

Track Listing
1.Oh Come Down 7.Chesapeake
2.In the Lines 8.Noisy Night
3.Windy Village 9.Clay Cakes
4.Through a Rainy Lens 10.Drill Me
5.Don't Disappear 11.Paratrooper
6.Swimming Through Tires 12.Hey Salty