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Portastatic Sharing Some Small History via Rarities Collection


By: Christy Mannering

Sometimes the b-side tracks are better than ones which make the cut for a full-length studio album. Portastatic is scheduled to release a 2-disc compilation of such rarities on September 9, 2008, cleverly called Some Small History.


With 44 tracks between the two discs, fans will delve into an archive of sorts, featuring previously unreleased material that spans a seventeen year period (1990 to 2007), including covers of some fantastic artists like Ryan Adams, The Magnetic Fields, and even Bob Dylan.


This will be Portastatic ‘s seventh full-length album, but since 1993, they have been part of 36 albums. Make that 37, as the Rosebuds announced Portastatic will be showing up in their upcoming album set to release sometime this fall.


And to think Mac McCaughan began Portastatic as side solo gig!



Portastatic: Some Small History Track List
Disc 1:
1.    Starter
2.    Sandals With White Socks
3.    Oh My Sweet Carolina [Ryan Adams cover]
4.    Lousy Penpal *
5.    A Cunning Latch (acoustic) *
6.    Teenage Kicks [The Undertones cover]
7.    Too Trashed to Smoke *
8.    Skinny Glasses Girl
9.    Trajectory
10.    Power Supply
11.    Josephine [The Magnetic Fields cover]
12.    Race You Home
13.    Make You Up *
14.    Your Own Cloud
15.    Love Breaks Down [Prefab Sprout cover] *
16.    Portraits From Before the War
17.    Soft Fruit
18.    Easily Aroused
19.    Guessing
20.    Little Fern
21.    All I Need Is You [Sandy Denny & the Strawbs cover]
22.    You Love to Fail [The Magnetic Fields cover]

Disc 2:
1.    Some Small History
2.    San Andreas Crouch
3.    Not the Same
4.    And I Was Boy From School [Hot Chip cover]
5.    Spying on the Spys
6.    Weighted Raft
7.    Dragging a Crow
8.    Gray Robins
9.    I Wanna Know Girls (acoustic demo)
10.    Feel Better
11.    Useless Switch
12.    Had (full band) *
13.    Secret Session
14.    Tugboat [Galaxie 500 cover]
15.    Codes, Runes, Dunes
16.    Candy Cigarettes
17.    Firefly [American Music Club cover]
18.    La Pelicula
19.    Look, Honey, Peaches
20.    Replacement Parts *
21.    It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [Bob Dylan cover]
* previously unreleased

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