Air Guitar Can Save the World


I own a countless number of soundtracks (both television and movie).  I love compilations: an amazing blend of great songs by a variety of artists; it’s like buying a mix tape (another obsession of mine)!   


One type of compilation that is one of my personal favs is benefit albums.  I work for a indie record label, Yep Roc Records, during the summer months.  My first project was a benefit cd, The Cake Sale. This was a project devised by Brian Crosby from the Irish indie group Bell X1.  He and a collective of other wonderful Irish musicians, including Glen Hansard (The Frames/Once), Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), and Nina Persson (The Cardigans) came together to record an amazing album, which benefits Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign. It’s a wonderful 9-track album.  Each song is a spectacular gem (“Some Surprise” by Gary Lightbody and Lisa Hannigan is my personal favorite).  Definitely worth buying, especially because it benefits such a great cause.


More recent benefit albums that are also worth a purchase include Dark Was the Night and War Child: Heroes.


dark-was-the-nightDark Was the Night, released last week, is a 31 track benefit album whose proceeds go to the Red Hot Organization, an international charity who raises money and awareness for HIV and AIDs through pop culture. Artists include (some of my personal favorites): Spoon, Bon Iver, the National, Ben Gibbard, and Andrew Bird.



war-child-heroes-20091Heroes, which debuts tomorrow, helps children affected by war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda through the War Child Organization.  An interesting twist on this album is that rock legends chose an artist from the current generation to cover one of their biggest hits.  For instance, Mick Jones chose Lily Allen to play the Clash’s “Straight to Hell” and Bob Dylan asked Beck to cover “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat.”  Each cover is done perfectly; these modern musicians didn’t disappoint their idols.


So go buy one of these albums now, and air guitar easy, knowing your purchase has contributed to making someone’s life a bit better. 


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