When indie-rock legends Superchunk released Majesty Shredding in 2010, it was the band’s first release in nearly a decade. Though Majesty Shredding was the Chapel Hill quartet’s ninth studio album overall, the lengthy period of inactivity that followed 2001 Here’s To Shutting Up gave new fans the homework assignment of playing catch-up on the band’s initial creative run. To aid them, Merge (the label owned by Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance) began to reissue the band’s back catalog, starting with 1991’s No Pocky For Kitty and 1992’s On The Mouth. Now, 1999’s Come Pick Me Up will join them, with an expanded edition due July 10.
The reissue of Come Pick Me Up will include eight bonus tracks, mostly of the acoustic and demo varieties, along with new liner notes from Ballance and Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak. It offers a closer look at an album that saw the scrappy indie-punk band embracing strings, horns, and other ornate instrumentation. Pre-orders for Come Pick Me Up are available now through Merge Records, and the remastered version of “Hello Hawk” can be streamed below.