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August 17, 2004

Superchunk & Lou Barlow - "Brand New Love" (Tuesday Tune)

Merge Records recently celebrated their 15th anniversary with Mergefest, a series of four nights filled with friends and musicians on the label. One of the highlights was the Superchunk show, the band of label founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance.

During the Superchunk show, Lou Barlow joined the band onstage for "Brand New Love," a song Superchunk had covered for The Freed Seed 7" back in 1991. Mac and company amp up the Sebadoh original, adding a raw energy that transforms the song into a pogo party. It was a fitting way to end their set (before they were called out for an encore, it was their party after all).

Happy belated birthday, Merge.

The song comes from Superchunk's Thursday, July 29, 2004 show at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro.

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