"I Hate Music" - Superchunk [NPR Full Album Stream]

Jimmy Haas

by Jimmy Haas

Published August 14, 2013


Veteran alternative rockers Superchunk's tenth studio album, I Hate Music, will be released on August 20, but if you can't wait that long, NPR has the full album available for streaming right now.

While the title may imply something different, the band insists that the album is not about hating music at all. They say on their website:

I Hate Music is an album about love more than anything else: love of life, love of living, love of people, and yeah, love of music. It defies its own title so completely and diligently that it never even seems like a fair fight: There's no pain this deep or yearning this severe without the type of love earned over a lifetime. "I hate music—what is it worth? / Can't bring anyone back to this earth" goes the first line in "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo." That song and its ten companions can't relive the past or resurrect those lost, but they can keep them close enough to see and hear and celebrate. It's dark in here, but if we conjure the right words and sounds, we'll find our way out.

If that doesn't sum up the feeling of the album, I don't know what would. It's a bit of sad, mixed with some angst, with more than a touch of happiness. Whatever it is, it's worth forty minutes of your time.

Check out the full album stream on NPR. You can pre-order I Hate Music from Merge Records.

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