has long had a rep for doing things the right way, both in terms of how it makes and sells its own music, and how its members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance run Merge Records, the label they co-founded in 1989. They’ve been releasing great music for almost 30 years, setting a standard for how both bands and record labels can balance art and business in the world of indie rock.
Part of that is being a good citizen, and to that end Superchunk has been quietly releasing limited edition seven inch singles this year to benefit a variety of charities. They released a single that raised money for Planned Parenthood earlier this year, and yesterday announced the second charity single, this time benefiting the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Break the Glass” b/w “Mad World” features a new Superchunk original and a cover of a song by Corrosion of Conformity, the crucial hardcore-turned-metal band from Raleigh. The 500 or so copies of the seven inch sold out quickly yesterday, but the songs are also available as MP3s or FLAC files. All proceeds go right to the SPLC. You can buy those songs from the Merge site, and if you want to sample before you buy, you can listen to the songs over at Spin.