I've not spent nearly enough time seeing Flesh Wounds live, for reasons that are entirely not clear to me. They put on a great live show and I'm way into their brand of punk rock, and yet...this is only the second time I've seen them play. To no surprise they were fantastic, burning through a dozen or so songs in probably not much longer than twenty minutes, barely stopping to catch their breath. It's unclear how much the mostly middle-aged crowd was feeling their youthful exuberance, but I was certainly up front and way into it. I've really gotta make an effort to see them more often.
For the second time this year I would get to see Mac McCaughan play a solo set apart from my beloved Superchunk; for the first time this year, I would be able to see his set in it's entirety since I didn't show up late like a damn fool. His performance was really three sub-sets, with Flesh Wounds (or as he referred to them "the Non-Believers") acting as his backing band at the beginning and the end, and Mac all by himself for a little while in the middle. The full band portions were made up mostly of songs from his new solo album "Non Believers" and at least one Portastatic track - it was all quite enjoyable, but since I've not really digested this solo material yet I wasn't quite as invested as I usually am at a show by Mac or any of his bands. But that middle portion where he was all by himself - yep, all Superchunk, and real goddamn exciting as always. Some highlights included "Detroit Has a Skyline," "Driveway to Driveway," "Iron On," and "Watery Hands." Of course he didn't play even close to everything I wanted to hear with such a small portion of his set dedicated to the Chunk, but it was a nice selection and a fun night.