Musicians continue to rally for Japan relief with benefit concerts, compilations, and other incentives

Musicians continue to rally for Japan relief with benefit concerts, compilations, and other incentives

Musicians, labels, and venues have been coming out of the woodwork these past few weeks to do what they can for the ongoing relief efforts in post-earthquake Japan, so we thought we’d end the news week by pointing our readers to a number of relevant shows and releases that are donating their proceeds to worthy relief organizations. If you don’t see anything of interest in this article, check your local concert listings — there’s certain to be a lower-profile benefit show or two going on near you pretty soon. You can also, of course, donate directly to organizations like the Japanese Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Civic Force, and Peace Winds.

Benefit Shows

• April 2: Brooklyn, NY’s Le Poisson Rouge hosts a benefit concert featuring contemporary classical pianist Taka Kigawa.

• April 2: Los Angeles, CA’s Stones Throw Records teams up with some local businesses for a relief event and raffle at Space 15 Twenty, with live DJ sets from various Stones Throw artists and event-exclusive merchandise.

• April 2-3: Tokyo’s SonarSound Japan festival goes on as planned, featuring sets from Flying Lotus, DJ Krush, Ryoji Ikeda, Kode9, Nisennenmondai, Battles, and many more. Sonar’s other planned festivals in Barcelona and Galicia will also be donating a portion of those ticket sales to Japan relief.

• April 3: London’s O2 Brixton Academy holds a Red Cross benefit with performances from Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft, Graham Coxon, Paul Weller, Beady Eye, and The Coral.

• April 5: Brooklyn’s The Bell House hosts the first of two BROOKLYN <3 JAPAN nights benefitting GlobalGiving), with headliner Ra Ra Riot, and comedy from Eugene Mirman and Todd Barry.

• April 8: NYC’s Abrons Art Center hosts a John Zorn-curated benefit concert featuring Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori & Zorn, and Norah Jones.

• April 9: NYC’s Japan Society hosts a 12-hour concert — also curated by John Zorn — featuring Philip Glass, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Bill Laswell.

• April 15: Brooklyn’s second BROOKLYN <3 JAPAN night, with music from Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington and Mike Doughty, and comedy from Kristen Schaal and Wyatt Cenac.

• April 15: Olympia, WA’s K-related acts D+, Calvin Johnson, and The Maxines perform a benefit show at The Northern in support of 7ep.

• April, 21: London’s The Forum hosts the ATP-curated “Made in Japan” benefit show, featuring Squarepusher, Fuck Buttons, and LFO, plus a raffle and DJ sets.

Benefit Compilations, Releases, etc.

• Thrill Jockey and Antiopic are still selling their mega-compilation Benefit for the Recovery in Japan for $15, featuring music by Akron/Family, Fennesz, Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never, Tunde Adebimpe, C. Spencer Yeh, and Rhys Chatham among its 64 tracks.

• Max Richter, Alva Noto, Jonsi & Alex, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, Robin Guthrie, Balmorhea, and others have exclusive tracks on the For Nihon compilation, available soon from digital music outlets like iTunes, eMusic, etc.

• Electronic artists like Kode9, Onra, Paper Tiger, Paul White, and folks on labels like Ninja Tune and All City have contributed over 40 tracks to the Nihon Kizuna compilation, available on Bandcamp for $15.

• Chad VanGaalen has made available the Your Tan Looks Supernatural EP on Bandcamp for $5, which is made up of outtakes from his upcoming album Diaper Island.

• The Morning Benders are giving away the Japan Echo EP on their website to people donating at least $5. The EP has remixes from Wild Nothing, Twin Sister, and Star Slinger, among other tracks.

• Drag City is donating all proceeds from the purchase of August Born in any format (the [awesome] 2005 collaboration between Six Organs’ Ben Chasny and Fushitsusha’s Hiroyuki Usui), as well as a charity download of proto-Newsom harpist Carol Kleyn’s “Return of the Silkie.”

• Shinji Masuko (of DMBQ/Boredoms) has started a relief fund and is on the ground himself, helping to deliver food and supplies directly to areas that most need it. Donations should be sent via PayPal to

• Cold Cave have re-released their New Morale Leadership cassette on the Japanese Big Love label in an edition of 100 for charity.

Big Love is also offering a number of other charity items, including key rings and tote bags, Nite Jewel t-shirts, a 12-inch by The xx, and an auctioned 7-inch test pressing of an OOP split from Male Bonding and Pens.

• Shugo Tokumaru is offering a lovely little song on Bandcamp for 100 yen (~$1.22).

• tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus is donating $1 for each fan picture posted to this Flickr account where they have painted themselves in tUnE-yArDs-like face paint. Whoever posts the most creative photo will be given a special painted boombox.

• Warp Records is selling a special-edition benefit t-shirt, available until April 4.

• Lullatone, sleepy-pop purveyors, are offering their entire 13 album/EP catalog at a pay-what-you-want level, with all proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross.

• Fake Four Records is offering the J-A-P-A-N: A Fake Four, Inc. Japan Relief Benefit EP for $8, with contributions from Moka Only, Myka 9, Factor, sole, and others.

Hear Japan, a DRM-free Mp3 store that features Japanese artists of all genres, is donating 50% of all their sales to Japan Platform.

• iTunes is offering a 38-track Universal Music Songs for Japan compilation, with contributions from all the major label folks like U2, Lady GaGa, Cee-Lo, etc. There is also a Serena-Maneesh remix of Lindstrøm & Christabelle’s “High and Low” being offered as a charity single. Finally, you can donate directly to the Red Cross via the iTunes store.

[Photo: Ed Hawkesworth/DFID]

RIP: Mel McDaniel, country musician

From NME:

Mel McDaniel — the country singer who was a member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry — has died at the age of 68.

The singer died from cancer on yesterday (March 31), reports

Born in Checotah, Oklahoma, McDaniel moved to Nashville and signed a deal with Capitol Records in 1976.

His 1985 hit ‘Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On’ went to Number One in the Billboard Hot Country singles chart and was nominated for a Grammy and a Country Music Award.

In 1996 McDaniel almost died after he fell off stage into the orchestra pit at a show in Lafayette, Louisiana.

• Mel McDaniel:

[Photo: Sister Photography]

Sub Pop offering scholarships to high school seniors, recording contracts to just about everyone else

Apparently, Seattle indie label Sub Pop is raking in so much dough these days that they’re running out of tax write-off ideas. I guess when you start makin’ the Beach House Money, you can’t just bury it in the backyard in mason jars any more. Luckily, Sub Pop’s loss is your gain… if you happen to be a high school senior… who happens to live in the states of Washington or Oregon… who is planning on attending an accredited unversity or college as a full-time student… who is involved in the creative arts in some way.

That’s right, jaded, post-college, joe-job-working, relationship-sabotaging, King of Limbs-panning TMT reader: put down the pipe and GO AND GET YOUR LITTLE BROTHER. Sub Pop wants to give him one of three scholarships — one for $6,000, one for $4,000, and one for $3,000 — for being the talented, creative, thoughtful, ambitious, and well-spoken one in the family. As I said above, you’ve got to be from Washington or Oregon, college-bound, and an up-and-coming artiste. To apply for these scholarships, all your little bro has to do is submit a one-page essay on one or more of the following topics:

• What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
• How and/or why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
• How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?
• What are your influences and/or who inspires you?
• Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Hey, are you still listening to me? I said put the damn pipe down! Sheesh. I’m guessing your bro isn’t exactly going to be citing YOU as an inspiriation, now is he? Anyway, $6,000, $4,000, and $3,000 checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to winning applicants’ tuition. Submissions and attachments should be sent to or mailed to:

Sub Pop Records
Attn: Scholarship
2013 4th Ave, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121

Let’s see, what else? The applicants are strongly encouraged to send links or hard copies of their artwork along with their essay… deadline’s May 15… more info over here… blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Okay, pass that pipe this way. I’m supposed to be at work in like 20 minutes.

• Sub Pop:

Spiritualized announce some classy UK shows, so I hope that’s where you live

For a guy who seems to have devoted his entire life to researching interesting/deadly combinations of drugs, sex, and outer space gospel music, you’d think that Jason Pierce would be a little… I don’t know, “spacier?” I’ve got friends with way less on their plates than this dude, and they can’t even show up for band practice half the time because they locked themselves out of their apartments when they stepped out for a smoke.

And yet, here the man is, in all of his post-emergency room glory, scheduled to release the seventh (!) Spiritualized album this fall on new Domino Records sister label Double Six. Sure, he may take his time between these releases (it’s been three years since the release of Songs in A & E, and there was a healthy gap of five years between that one and its predecessor), but you gotta hand it to a man who willingly goes by the name “J Spaceman” for comin’ through, you know, eventually.

And speaking of coming through, if you happen to live in merry old England, jolly old Scotland, or even-tempered old Ireland, you might be lucky enough to catch Spiritualized when they come through your neck of the woods this October on the heels of the new album’s release. Tickets are on sale tomorrow morning (Friday, April 1) and will probably go pretty darn quick. So try not to oversleep or lock yourself out of your house or OD on something crazy. This shit is serious.


07.13.11 - Standon, UK - Standon Calling
10.05.11 - Leamington Spa, UK - The Assembly
10.06.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Queens Hall
10.07.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar St
10.08.11 - Manchester, UK - The Academy
10.09.11 - Bristol, UK - 02 Academy
10.11.11 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall

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• Double Six:

The Microphones and Bishop Allen lead charge against old-timey recording equipment with 7-inch single recorded on old-timey recording equipment

Some say that mankind is in a constant struggle with emerging technology, that we must fight to balance our new digital lives with our organic ones and blah blah blah. Old argument, boring argument! Here’s a fresh battle: one between man and antiquated technology. We must subjugate our mechanical forebears by proving our complete mastery over them. Mission number one: take down the Webster Wire Recorder. To do so, the indie rock superteam consisting of The Microphones (curiously, not Mount Eerie), Golden Boots, Bishop Allen, and Paleo have come together to release a 7-inch single proving their superiority to the Webster Wire Recorder. Though they actually really came together in 2007, as that was when the single was actually recorded, but, hey, shut up.

First question of import: what exactly is a Webster Wire Recorder? Glad you asked! It happens to be a piece of recording equipment from the 1940s, one that preceded the use of magnetic tape. The device recorded to steel wire, causing more sound distortions than you can shake a stick at. I can shake a stick at many things! Second question of import: what would one title a 7-inch single in which The Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen, and Paleo collaborate with a 1940s Wire Recorder? Well, one would probably cut to the chase and title it Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen and Paleo Collaborate with a 1940’s Wire Recorder.

As for the single’s release date, there is no release date. Well, I mean, there is, but it has already passed. The record is out now. And it is out in a myriad of forms. A threefold myriad, that is — the smallest myriad known to man. See, the record’s release is the product of a collaboration between People in a Position to Know Records, Lost Sound Tapes, and Alt. Vinyl. Each label has put out 200 copies of the 7-inch, each with a different cover. Collect them all and Microphones/Mount Eerie king Phil Elverum will thank you for your support in the ongoing war against antiquated machinery.

Microphones, Golden Boots, Bishop Allen and Paleo Collaborate With a 1940’s Wire Recorder tracklist:

A1. The Microphones - “I Lost My Wind”
A2. Golden Boots - “Marie”
B1. Bishop Allen - “Ghost”
B2. Paleo - “Jessica’s Wedding”

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• Bishop Allen:
• Golden Boots:
• Paleo:
• Lost Sound Tapes:
• People in a Position to Know:
• Alt. Vinyl:

RIP: Don Hill, legendary NY club owner

From BrooklynVegan:

As tweeted by Moby and many other notable club veterans, and confirmed to me via a call to Don Hill’s who said there is a memorial tonight (3/31) at the club (toast at midnight), nightclub legend Don Hill has sadly passed away. Though details are scarce at the moment, some on Twitter are saying he was “found dead in his apartment” “this morning”.

Murray Hill calls it the end of an era. Miss Guy says he was the nicest person in nightlife. Justine D agrees. I didn’t know him personally, but I always liked seeing him hanging around the club named after him.

• Don Hill:



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