Ben Gibbard finally covers GG Allin for WFMU benefit compilation, alongside Ted Leo, Ty Segall, The Mountain Goats, and other nice depraved guys

Ben Gibbard finally covers GG Allin for WFMU benefit compilation, alongside Ted Leo, Ty Segall, The Mountain Goats, and other nice depraved guys

If you’re anything like the average TMT reader, you have a tendency to hate life and consider everyone around you a scumfuck, and yet you also can’t help but swoon over the gentle, tender-hearted melodies of dapper fellows like The Mountain Goats and Death Cab for Cutie. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of slitting your forehead with a razor, just to confront the fear, you hear a highlight from Transatlanticism come on KISS FM, and suddenly you’re alive again, floating in the aether, suffocating with love. Well, for the hundreds upon hundreds of people like you, New Jersey’s (really, the Universe’s) premier radio station WFMU is offering a very special 7-inch compilation that marries your two tendencies in a big way.

Rated GG features squeaky-clean renditions of Allin classics by Ben Gibbard, Ted Leo, Ty Segall, The Mountain Goats, and Fucked Up, and since only so many swears can be censored on one 7-inch single, the party spills over into the digital world, with a bonus download of more covers by people like Home Blitz and, well… TBA. Rated GG will only be available to those that give generously to WFMU’s pledge drive, which started yesterday and runs for two more weeks. The single is being offered as part of a prize pack for those pledging $75 or more during TONIGHT’S broadcast of “The Best Show on WFMU,” hosted by comedy legend (and GG enthusiast) Tom Scharpling. The show broadcasts from 9 PM-12 AM EST, and will even have some live performances by Ted Leo and A.C. Newman. If you need some time to sort out your finances, there will be a second opportunity next Tuesday — same time, same show.

$75 might seem a tad steep for one 7-inch, but you’re also getting a “Best Show” poster, t-shirt, and button, a WFMU shirt and sticker (or soap!), and the satisfaction of helping out an amazing radio station that relies entirely on listener donations. There are plenty of other incentives for pledges of any amount (including fantastic handcrafted mix CDs by the station’s on-air DJs), which you can see in a nice list right here. If you got anything out of freeform radio during 2010, now is the time to give back. After all, it’s exactly the kind of altruism that GG Allin embodied every night on stage.

• WFMU: http://www.wfmu.org

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