The great Hold Steady spent some time recording in Nashville this year, and they’re planning on releasing their sixth album sometime in 2014. But they’ve also got a new project coming up: A five-song EP of covers, with each member of the band picking one cover. The EP is named The Unified Scene, after the band’s fan club, and it’s raising money for the EP through the crowdfunding website PledgeMusic. They’ve already raised more than enough money to put it together, but there’s still time to get in a bid and receive one of the rewards, which include private shows, jam sessions, a three-mile jog with frontman Craig Finn, a haircut from guitarist Tad Kubler, a musical tour of Memphis from other guitarist Steve Selvidge, and bartending services from bassist Galen Polivka. The best deal: $300 for, among other things, a “stay positive” pep talk from Finn, who knows how to do these things. Some of the money will go to benefit the family of the prominent Unified Scene member “Jersey Mike” Van Jura, who died last year. Check out the PledgeMusic page here.
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