It's incredible but the Daily Show just turned 10, for those who don't know, the Daily Show is a comedic newscast hosted by Jon Stewart where the day's political happenings get aboarded with a humorist spin; what makes them stand out is that they manage to be incredibly spot on on their reflections and stomach-cramping funny at the same time, without shoving a personal political agenda on people's faces (unlike, say, Michael Moore) managing to entertain, inform and make people think about the every day occurrences in this chaotic day in which we live. Ever since, the show has becomed one of Comedy Central's most viewed, a summarized version is broadcasted worldwide thru CNN International (Global Edition) and has launched a spinoff (The Colbert Report), it's one of those shows i'd watch if they showed them here (even though we get the Global Edition).
So what do they do to celebrate a decade of presidential mockery and exposing of stupidity in general? A concert of course! The weird thing is that the band they chose to headline is Superchunk, the semi-retired Chapel Hill, NC band that's somehow is still synonymous with Merge Records (Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, The Arcade Fire). The band hasn't released any new studio albums since 2001 and has played sporadically, with it's members focusing on their other projects (like Mac McCaughan's Portastatic), even though it seems a natural choice for the Daily Show team, since many people there are fans and it seems Jon Stewart "has this thing -- if a band has "super" in their name he thinks they're somehow better. It came down to you guys and Supertramp."
I don't have much by Superchunk but they always seemed to me like a decent band, energetic and melodic punk with just a whiff of melancholy in their sound; somehow, they get mentioned as heirs of later Hüsker Dü and you can see why; even though they don't share the rage or frustration with the Düs, they do have that sense of reflective punk, might be a more frenetic Replacements? Superchunk are a little like bigger brothers to the Promise Ring, Jimmy Eat World, the Get Up Kids and bands like that.
The concert will take place Novemeber 16 at Irving Plaza in NYC and also playing will be the Mountain Goats, Clem Snide and the Upper Crust (who, if they are who i think they are, are a band that dress up like dandies, with powdered wigs and everything). Congratulations on being one of the best political shows on tv!
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