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Superchunk to perform at Origami in October; will swat away hipsters in keffiyeh scarves

September 24, 2010 |  2:32 pm

Superchunk - Digging For Something from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Superchunk, the perennial heroes of purist indie rock from the hills of North Carolina, will be diving right into the belly of the beast on Oct. 19 at noon. Which beast, which belly?

The raw intestinal gorge of the hipster corridor, located approximately 2,040 nautical miles* from the prime meridian at 1816 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Origami Vinyl just announced that Superchunk, currently on tour in support of its first new album in nine years, "Majesty Shredding," will be performing an all-acoustic set of songs in the record store's loft, typically the province of the kind of band that Superchunk lovingly spoofs in the video above for "Digging for Something."

The video, directed by former Daily Show writer Scott Jacobson, shows Mac McCaughan forging on with Superchunk 2.0 (played by Merge labelmates the Love Language), now outfitted in an array of neon sunglasses. Meanwhile, his former band members distract themselves with second-stage careers in dentistry, ceramics and bliss-chasing. When Laura Ballance sees a flier for "Superchunk! (Feat. One Original Member)," she leads a take-back of their old band, luring away one player with... well, we won't spoil it but it's good and hurts only a little.

In order to get yourself into the show, you have to buy "Majesty Shredding," which, in a sure sign that it's not 1999, debuted at #85 on the Billboard Top 200, or the reissues of Superchunk classics "No Pocky for Kitty" and "On the Mouth." There's only 40 spots; if things go wrong, we could see a tiny Altamont on our hands ... but instead of blood, maybe just tomato sauce from Two Boots Pizza next door.

If you can't squeeze into the wee record store, there are other opportunities to see the band. One: Matador's 21st birthday party in Las Vegas next weekend. Two: Henry Fonda, also Oct. 19.

--Margaret Wappler

*That would be a totally made-up figure, yes.

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