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Superchunk's Jon Wurster talks about the group's new album, rocking indie style in Taiwan and being name-checked by Bruce Cockburn

NT: Although you've been mentioned in songs before (Mary Lou Lord's "His Indie World"), you recently got name-checked in a song ("Last Night of the World" from Breakfast in New Orleans) on (Canadian contemporary folk artist) Bruce Cockburn's latest album.

Wurster: It's funny because a friend of mine actually works for (Cockburn's) label, Rykodisc, and saw him play the song about eight months ago, and she went up to him afterward and said, "Did you actually mention Superchunk in that song?" And he goes, "Oh yeah, I heard them on the radio, and I really liked them." I guess he went out and bought some of our records because he told my friend, "You know, I like the new one, Indoor Living, but I think on the next one they should go back to the sound of On the Mouth," (laughter). I just thought how bizarre it was that this guy even knows that we exist, and he's like, "You know, I like the old Superchunk better." -- Bob Mehr

Superchunk is scheduled to perform on Sunday, September 5, at the Green Room in Tempe. Showtime is 9 p.m.

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