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Vs. The Earthquake [MUSIC]

*Click the album cover to check out the track list and donate!*

The independent music community is a beautiful thing, and when it comes together to support a cause, the results are always special.  In this case, a number of like-minded bands have donated tracks to create a compilation to raise money for our brothers and sisters in Japan.

As Soupy, singer of “The Wonder Years” explains in the press release:

“Last Friday we woke up in Maryland to read the news about the earthquake that struck Northern Japan and as the hours rolled by, things seem to go from awful to, well, worse than awful. News of tsunamis, floods, fires, radiation leaks and more poured in as we sat feeling helpless in the van. The idea struck to maybe text a few of our friends to see if we could get five or six songs together for a short comp to benefit the victims of this tragedy. I think it really speaks to the sense of community we have in this scene that within the two hour drive to Delaware, over 20 bands agreed to be a part of this. The comp is a collection of primarily rare, hard to find or unreleased recordings. The storefront was donated to us by Limited Pressing and currently, Paypal is allowing you to send money to charities without taking any fees. This means that, aside from the standard fee Paypal may take out when money enters an account, 100% of the money will be going to Americares to help the Japanese.”

As a human being, you can know your money is going to ease the immense suffering overseas and as a music fan, you’re getting a collection of unreleased, rare, and hard to find tracks from a cross-section of the major players in the current (pop) punk/indie/DIY scene.  The track listing is no joke – Transit, Man Overboard, The Wonder Years, Valencia, The Swellers, Koji, Balance and Composure – these are the dudes you need to know.   Kind of reminds me of the “Welcome to the Family” days of Drive Thru.

Go.  Download.  If you can afford $5, you can afford $10.  These stand-up dudes are going above and beyond to offer something in return for your help.

“Stay Young” by Save Your Breath:

By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Mr. Woodnote is Selling his Saxophone – all profits go to ygap – y generation against poverty

Mr. Woodnote, commonly seen performing with Dub FX, is selling his beloved saxophone to help support ygap – y generation against poverty, a non-profit from Australia who’s mission is to offer dynamic and practical opportunities for young, local volunteers to become involved with international development.

This looks like a great cause. If you’re looking for a Sax, you should definitely consider this one. Here’s Mr. Woodnote displaying his sax’s ability in “Get Down”:

Wear Your Music – Fight World Hunger

Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald, front-men for Slightly Stoopid, a popular Ocean Beach, California indie band, are getting in on the act for a good cause. The rock duo are giving their used guitar strings to Wear Your Music® – a company whose jewelry makers custom design eye-catching unisex bracelets using donated strings and recycled silver for charity.

The limited edition bracelet, which retails for $50.00 combines the strings of both Doughty and McDonald and will be available for purchase on September 15, 2010 at http://www.wearyourmusic.org

Proceeds from the sale of the bracelet go to support the World Food Programme, a non-profit chosen by the musicians. The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. For more information, please go to http://www.wfp.org.

Slightly Stoopid fans receiving the band’s newsletter will be provided a code and given an opportunity to steal this bracelet at a discounted price.

Miles Doughty, front man for Slightly Stoopid says: “We really want to support the World Food Programme, and we are stoked to work with Wear Your Music and recycle our strings into guitar string bracelets where the profits are donated to such a great charity. We think they are an outstanding organization that does so much good throughout the world for the hungry and in times of need. We will continue to support their cause and strive to make sure every mouth is fed.” www.slightlystoopid.com/ss.php?skin=2

Wear Your Music® has collaborated with more than 150 artists to offer one of the most unique pieces of merchandise that music fans will ever be able to get their hands on – or, rather, get on their hands.

A wide and impressive roster of music industry names has participated in the guitar string bracelet charity project. “This year alone we’ve donated to over 52 charities on behalf of over 100 artists. This project makes me feel good when I wake up in the morning,” says Hannah Garrison Co-President of Wear Your Music®.

So far bracelets on file in Wear Your Music’s® catalog are made from guitar strings plucked by some of the music world’s most legendary guitarists and emerging acts – The Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards, Carlos Santa, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Joan Jett, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Benji Madden, James Hefield Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Bryan Adams, David Cook, Brett Dennen, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper, Nick Harmer and Dweezil Zappa to name a few.

The overwhelming response to the artist’s goods inspired WYM to begin offering a line of lower priced bracelets as well as charms, necklaces and an expanding Rock’n’Roll jewelry line, which are also available on the organization’s website


Twestival-fm – What a great idea!

Twestival-fm is an awesome site made by SoundCloud, another pretty cool service, that allows bands on Twitter to upload their music where it can be found on a huge map of the world. This is a blurb from their site:

“Twestival.fm is powered entirely by artists and bands on Twitter. They’re uploading tracks from all around the world for you to enjoy and download. All we ask is that you donate a small amount of money for education and tweet about your favorite tracks.”

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