Veteran indie rock outfit Superchunk will on March 15 launch the authorized bootleg “Clambake Series” through the Web site of its own Merge Records label. The first volume will be titled “Vol. 1 Acoustic In-Stores East & West,” and will feature 18 acoustic tracks recorded during in-store appearances on the band’s 2001 fall tour.
“Knowing that these types of things really appeal to fans (and such fine fans we have!), the CD will be limited to 1,500 copies,” reads a post on the site. In addition to online availability, copies will also be sold in select record stores, and at the group’s shows. Regarding the title, a “clam” — in Superchunk terminology — is defined in the post as “a wrong note.”
The band has also been asked to write and perform music at this year’s San Francisco Film Festival, where it will accompany the 1926 silent Japanese avant-garde film “A Page of Madness.” The performance will be held April 23 at the city’s historic Castro Theatre. For the unique appearance, Superchunk will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Chuck Johnson, who will assist the quartet with rhythm tracks and samples.
In related news, Superchunk recently wrapped a video for “Art Class,” the next single from 2001’s “Here’s To Shutting Up.” A commercial single will be released on April 9 backed with an acoustic version of the track and a live video rendition taped last year in the band’s native Chapel Hill, N.C.
Two U.S. dates are planned around the single’s release: April 5 in Washington, D.C., and the following evening in Chapel Hill. Look for the “Art Class” video to be included on an upcoming DVD compilation, due next fall.