By: Justin Bartz
In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music from U2 to Katy Perry to Bon Jovi have joined together for the worldwide release of Songs for Japan, a compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99 starting today that can be purchased here.
Proceeds from the album’s sale will benefit the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Songs for Japan track listing:
1. John Lennon “Imagine” (Remastered)
2. U2 “Walk On” (Radio Edit)
3. Bob Dylan “Shelter From The Storm”
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Around The World” (Live)
5. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (Starsmith Remix)
6. Beyonce “Irreplaceable”
7. Bruno Mars “Talking To The Moon” (Acoustic Piano Version)
8. Katy Perry “Firework”
9. Rihanna “Only Girl (In The World)”
10. Justin Timberlake “Like I Love You”
11. Madonna “Miles Away” (Live)
12. David Guetta “When Love Takes Over” (feat. Kelly Rowland)
13. Eminem “Love The Way You Lie” (feat. Rihanna) [Clean Version}
14. Bruce Springsteen "Human Touch"
15. Josh Groban "Awake" (Live)
16. Keith Urban "Better Life"
17. Black Eyed Peas "One Tribe"
18. Pink "Sober"
19. Cee Lo Green "It's Ok"
20. Lady Antebellum "I Run To You"
21. Bon Jovi "What Do You Got?"
22. Foo Fighters "My Hero"
23. R.E.M. "Man On The Moon"
24. Nicki Minaj "Save Me" (Clean Version)
25. Sade "By Your Side"
26. Michael Buble "Hold On" (Radio Mix)
27. Justin Bieber "Pray" (Acoustic)
28. Adele "Make You Feel My Love"
29. Enya "If I Could Be Where You Are"
30. Elton John "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
31. John Mayer "Waiting On The World To Change"
32. Queen "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" [Remastered]
33. Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody”
34. Sting “Fragile” (Live In Berlin)
35. Leona Lewis “Better In Time”
36. Ne-Yo “One In A Million”
37. Shakira “Whenever, Wherever”
38. Norah Jones “Sunrise”
Proceeds from Songs for Japan will be directed to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to support its disaster relief efforts. The society will use the funds for the ongoing provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population. The artists participating on “Songs for Japan,” the music labels and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds from the worldwide sales of the album to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this global initiative. iTunes will also donate its proceeds from the album’s worldwide sales to the benefit of the JRCS, and has prominently featured the project throughout its stores worldwide.
Electro popstress Lights has created a new remix of her song “My Boots” called “Re:Boots” and for a limited time only she is offering it as a free download on her website here so grab it while you can!
”My Boots” was originally released in October of 2010 and is the first single from her soon to be released second album.
Unless you’re already “in the know,” the phrase Dengue Fever will probably conjure up thoughts of a mysterious tropical illness, not necessarily the enigmatic band who serves up an exotic blend of Cambodian melodies, Afro grooves, surf, and psychedelic rock. But that will change on April 19th, when Dengue Fever, the six-piece group from Southern California, releases Cannibal Courtship. The band’s first studio album in three years features 11 new tracks with songs sung in English and Khmer, Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol’s native language. First single “Cement Slippers” is a slinky, spiky rock track, reminiscent of what would happen if the B-52s met the Pixies in 2011, you can download it below for free.
Dengue Fever formed ten years ago after keyboardist Ethan Holtzman traveled to Cambodia and fell in love with the country’s unique take on rock music, heavily influenced by the surf sounds of the 1960s. His brother, guitarist and singer Zac Holtzman, had separately discovered the subgenre and, upon Ethan’s return to the States, assembled the other musicians: bassist Senon Gaius Williams, drummer Paul Dreux Smith, and brass/woodwinds player David Ralicke. But their sound wasn’t complete until they heard Nimol – a star in her home country who had performed for the King and Queen of Cambodia - sing at Southern California venue the Dragon House.
In 2009, the Boston Phoenix compiled a list of the “Best New Bands In America,” 50 bands from 50 states. Our local boys, the unpredictable double-drummed and double-titled Magic Magic, hailed victorious in Massachusetts, while the Midwest madcap indie-rock outfit Sleeping in the Aviary was tagged as the band from Wisconsin not to miss. You may have seen other recipients of this high honor on stages around the city, but with both Magic Magic and Sleeping in the Aviary making the rounds on cd release tours, Thursday evening (March 24th) is certain to bring fresh material, frenzied talent, and unbridled ridiculousness in the best possible way.
With support from local ensemble The Bleeders (Mems of Miss Geo and the Metrics/The Observatory), come to check out the best Midwest band you’ve never heard, to celebrate Magic Magic’s triumphant return to home turf, or if only to witness a show that’s guaranteed to be one hell of a party.
18+ show, $10 cover, and tickets are on sale now! If you buy tickets in advance, you’ll get 20% off food at the Middle East the night of the show. Purchase tickets here.
Hope to see you there!
For those of you not in Massachusetts you can check out Sleeping in the Aviary on one of their East Coast Tour dates:
Mar. 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
Mar. 24 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Mar. 25 – Troy, NY @ Troy Bike Rescue, 51 3rd St Space
Mar. 26- Brooklyn, NY @ 538 Johnson St.
Mar. 27 – NY, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery
Mar. 29 – NY, NY @ Cake Shop
Mar. 30 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
Mar. 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Ox
Apr. 1 – Washington D.C. @ Velvet Lounge
Apr. 4 – Charlottesville, VA @ Tea Bazaar
Apr. 5 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Apr. 6 – Salem, NC @Elliott’s Revue
Apr. 7 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Reservoir Bar
Apr. 8 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox
The Kills have a new album coming out this Spring on April 5th titled Blood Pressures. They debuted their first single Satellite recently and are now giving music fans the chance to download a second new song titled “DNA” for free. Download it here.
The song features background vocals by The REV Gospel Collective. Like what you hear? You can pre-order the album here and catch the band live at one of the dates below:
The Kills Spring 2011 North American Tour Dates:
* w/ Cold Cave & The Entrance Band
March 14 Austin, TX; IFC Party @ IFC Crossroads House, SXSW
March17 Austin, TX; Domino Showcase @ Emo’s, SXSW
March 18 Austin, TX; SPIN Showcase @ Stubb’s, SXSW
April 15 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues W/ Foals
April 16 Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 19 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater*
April 20 Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *
April 22 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom *
April 23 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
April 24 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
April 26 Boston, MA @ Royale Boston *
April 27 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts *
April 29 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
April 30 Montreal, QUE @ Olympia *
May 1 Toronto, ONT @ Sound Academy *
May 3 Detroit, MI @The Majestic Theatre *
May 4 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre *
May 5 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
May 8 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
May 9 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market*
May 10 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
May 11 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
May 13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
May 14 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater*
The End Records has posted their 2011 Spring Sample for dowload (for free!!) The sampler includes a new track from Anvil (from their upcoming album due out in May). You can also check out tracks from Helloween, Danzig, and more. Download it here or check it out below:
For six weeks (starting March 3rd), My Morning Jacket will offer free downloads to celebrate the forthcoming album Circuital. The first five downloads will be live songs taken from each of their shows at New York’s Terminal 5 this past October. Fans can sign up for the weekly downloads on the bands website here. On the last week, the band will treat fans to a song from the new album.
Manchester Orchestra’s new album Simple Math is due out on May 10th. The band is offering up the first single of the same name as a free download on their website. Download it there or check it out below.
Prog rocker Devin Townsend is offering up a a free five-song acoustic EP featuring the tracks “Supercrush,” “Kingdom,” “Truth,” “Om,” and “By Your Command,” the EP can be downloaded here. NICE!
Townsend is also hard at work on two albums that are slated for 2011 releases, Deconstruction and Ghost. Below you will find a video update from Devin himself as he worked on the orchestral recording for ‘Deconstruction’.