Last Saturday night was “Merge Records night,” so to speak, at Mercury Lounge as part of the 2008 CMJ Music Marathon hive in New York City. Among the Merge artists was Mac McCaughan and his band, Portastatic. McCaughan co-founded Merge Records with Laura Ballance in 1989 according to the pajama-wearing editors of Wikipedia.
Starting the show solo, McCaughan’s well-executed, and, at times, doleful melodies humbled the knitters and wheat grass drinkers of the Mercury Lounge mosh pit.
Hear Portastatic’s fine music – a guitar-playing, singing genre as you will learn from the EVP interview – in the following video:
For the latest on Portastatic, McCaughan advises to check the Portastatic blog.
October 27th, 2008
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