Tell me about Portastatic
Slow Note from a Sinking Ship
and Mac’s living room on a 4-track (1995)
Merge records mrg086cd
The LP Version adds a song called “Your Own Cloud” and is minus “Spooky” and the long-last song. The lp also has a different sequence:
i hope your heart is not brittle
and also on 4-track cassette--about half and half
“Spying on the Spys” b/w “Do You Want to Buy a Bridge?”
Merge--5 Rows of Teeth: “codes, runes, dunes”
A Day in the Park compilation on the now sound label: “look, honey, peaches” on cd, lp, 7" boxset.
“Naked Pilsners”, “feel better”, “josephine” (magnetic fields cover) on cd
“starter” b/w “teenage kicks” and “dragging a cow” on 18 wheeler records. teenage kicks is an undertones cover. this 7" was originally on blue wax, but now its on black.
“san andreas crouch” b/w “candy cigarettes” and “race you home” 7" on esther records. this is a diiferent recording of san andreas, hence the different name.
Scrapbook ep: either 2x7" or a cd, on merge. the 2x7" songs are: “st elmo’s fire”, “why pinch yourself”, “a bear that chokes” and “my favorite sound”. The cd adds “scrapbook x’s”,which is also on the “sandals with white socks” 7". and why pinch... and a bear... are on a hello cd of the month cd. st elmo’s is a brian eno cover, and has 2/3 of yo la tengo on it.
“sandals with white socks” b/w “guessing” and “scrapbook x’s” 7" on 18 wheeler records.
Ow, Quit It, Vol. 2: “weighted raft” 2x7" on volvolo records. this set also has sentridoh on it.
Hello cd of the month, February 1994 songs are: “slant roof”, “a bear that chokes”, “why pinch yourself” and “flat roof”. Hello cds are this set of eps by various bands, and is put out by they might be giants. the series is in its third year now.
Speed Kills magazine has just released issue #7, it came out in September or October (1995), i can’t remember. Anyway, it came with a bonus 10" (SK/SCP-007, 1995) featuring a brand new portastatic song entitled “useless switch.” The 10" also features three other bands: back off cupids, flying saucer attack, and a handful of dust. --Mike
Also, mac put out another 7" entitled “Guessing,” (1995) and it was released on 18 Wheeler.
According to the liner notes, all of these songs were recorded to 4-
track cassette in New York city between 1988 and 1990. Tracks 13-18
originally appeared as the Winterspring cassette and were recorded by
Andrew Webster (Tsunami) and Mac McCaughan. Tracks 1-12 were recorded by
Mac, Andrew, Josh Phillips and Laura Cantrell. Tracks 1,5,6-8 have appeared
on Merge Records vinyl 7"s. Track 9 appeared on Simple Machines Records
7" Pulley compilation.
“pumpkin” b/w “inn town” also on meat records
like it or not 7" ep on merge 1989
Mac is on the 6ths WASPS’ NESTS cd/cass/4x7", singing a song called “dream hat”, to stephin merritts music.
Jim Wilbur was in a band called “Humidifier” with John and Annie of Spent, for which i have the “Gazer EP” (Meat Records).
and from Dan:
I only ever saw them perform once, very briefly, at a friend’s graduation party. In fact, I only heard the band for a few seconds. I spent most of the party waiting for AAA to come and pull me out of the ditch I had accidently backed into while turning around. :(
Also, Jon played in a band called “Mister Happy”. They were one of the acts on the bill at the very first concert of The Dead Milkmen.
His brother Lane reminded me of Jon’s involvement in our school musicals. He had a bit part in Oklahoma. I printed up publicity flyers which said: Starring Jon Wurster saying, “He’s thrifty, alright.”