Tag Archives: Relief

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

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How Can Music Help Haiti?

Recently MusicForRelief.org started a program entitled “Download To Donate for Haiti.” The creators of the site, Linkin Park, organized a small group of ten artists to sell their music and have the money go toward helping Haiti in their relief. To promote the idea and gain public interests, they include widgets on the site along with a banner in which people can embed the HTML code on their own sites for their followers to participate.

This is an excellent idea that Linkin Park has offered to the public because they allow the user to easily share this fund to friends on other sites. One thing like this will not solve the crisis at hand. People prefer to get together for a cause rather than filling out a brochure and mailing away their money. We need to establish large concerts for fans and artists to donate. Venues in the past such as Live Aid, are a very big success because it opened up wide from an international standpoint.

Written By: Mark G. Valente | Director of Operations | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play

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