The hits keep coming from the Red Leader camp these days as label has just released an extremely limited, hand-numbered 10-inch picture disc featuring four amazing covers from four amazing bands. This delicious piece of vinyl was originally conceived as an elaborate birthday surprise from one half of the Red Leader team (Matt) to the other half (Claire)…with a little help from four “sweetheart” bands on the label, too.
Scream Hello tackles Superchunk’s Hyper Enough, The New Dress takes on No Depression by The Carter Family (as inspired by the Uncle Tupelo version) while Attica! Attica! covers No Children by The Mountain Goats. Rounding out the compilation is Nakatomi Plaza’s rendition of Build To Spill’s Car.
Of course, like all things totally awesome, there is a finite number available, and the slices of this delectable birthday disc will disappear quickly. Limited to 500 copies (and never to be repressed), the ten inch is available exclusively from Red Leader and the bands at shows. You can go here to order your copy now. The label will also send you the mp3s for all the songs, not to mention some extra goodies. Plus, a few randomly chosen orders will have the option of receiving a test pressing of the record. Happy Birthday, vinyl freaks!
Moving on, New Brunswick, N.J. four piece Scream Hello are preparing for the release of their new EP via Red Leader, Smart & Stupid. These four incredible songs are the precursor to Everything Is Always Still Happening, the band’s upcoming full-length due out in the Summer of 2008. Smart & Stupid will be out on April 8th but you can pre-order a copy from Interpunk here. Take it from someone who has spun both the LP and EP approximately seven kabillion times…these new songs are truly incredible. You can stream a couple tracks on their myspace page. Get psyched!
Beside the new releases, the next two months will find Scream Hello getting way active on the road, playing shows with Weston and Ensign…plus a short tour with The Gaslight Anthem. Get doubly psyched!
And finally, don’t forget that Red Leader has made their new 20-song sampler free to download! Go here for unreleased / rare tracks from End Of A Year, Marathon, Nakatomi Plaza, Dear Tonight, FireWhenReady and Scream Hello…plus awesome released material from Polar Bear Club, De La Hoya, Attica! Attica! and The New Dress.