Superchunk singer Mac McCaughan knows how to cut to the core of a song. We last saw him do it by paring down Jay Reatard’s ripping “My Shadow” into a haunted confession. Now, he strips away the synth layers and drum bursts from Bruce Springsteen’s “Bobby Jean” to reveal a new emotional core.
Jay Reatard covers don’t come along too frequently, but when they do they seem to come from indie giants. First we heard Arcade Fire cover “Oh, It’s Such a Shame.” A month later, Spoon tackled “No Time.” Now, Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan strums through an acousta-punk “My Shadow.” The occasion was a backstage performance at the recent 21st birthday celebration for Matador Records, the label that both Superchunk and Reatard once called home. (via Pitchfork)