There is truth to the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” especially, and sadly, when it comes to disaster relief. When the BP oil spill happened in the Gulf of Mexico, the images of black sludge gushing out into the waters covering animals, killing plant-life and ruining the economy of an area that made its living on those waters was devastating. It’s all anybody could talk about around the water cooler and there were never-ending discussions of boycotting BP, BP having to change its name, etc. But in the past few months since the cap was finally put on the rig, it seems The Gulf has gone out of sight, out of mind.
Well, Oxfam and The New Pornographers are hoping to change that. They have teamed up to “help maintain awareness for the ever-developing struggle in the Gulf Coast region following April’s devastating oil spill and ensuing ecological crisis” by creating a new video for TNP’s song ‘Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk.’ The video is meant to help remind viewers that the aftermath of the spill is being felt in the region and that the communities whose livelihoods were affected still need our help. Go here to learn more from Oxfam.
Whoa! Tonight’s message reads: “We’re doing a show this Sunday (24th January) to raise funds for the relief effort in Haiti. The venue is The Music Box Theatre at The Fonda in Los Angeles, doors at 7pm. All proceeds are going to the Oxfam Haiti relief fund. We’re trying to raise as much money as possible, so tickets will be sold by auction at this site from 8pm Thursday until 11am Saturday (PST). We’re in the middle of recording at the moment, so you’ll be catching us on the fly… but if you’re up for it, then we are too.”
Casxio hearts Radiohead.
MP3: Radiohead – Reckoner (Jaeger Mix)
The Sun Came Out will see daylight on 9/29. It features:
1. Too Blue – (Johnny Marr/Jeff Tweedy)
2. You Never Know – (Jeff Tweedy)
3. Little By Little – (Sharon Finn/Neil Finn)
4. Learn To Crawl – (Ed O’Brien/Johnny Marr/Liam Finn/Neil Finn)
5. Black Silk Ribbon – (KT Tunstall/Bic Runga)
6. Girl, Make Your Own Mind Up – (Don McGlashan)
7. Run In The Dust – (Johnny Marr)
8. Red Wine Bottle – (Liam Finn/Chris Garland/Johnny Marr)
9. The Ties That Bind Us – (Phil Selway)
10. Reptile – (Lisa Germano)
11. Bodhisattva Blues – (Ed O’Brien/Liam Finn)
12. What Could Have Been – (Jeff Tweedy)
1. All Comedians Suffer – (Neil Finn)
2. Duxton Blues – (Glenn Richards)
3. Hazel Black – (KT Tunstall/Neil Finn)
4. Riding The Wave – (Tim Finn)
5. The Witching Hour – (Phil Selway)
6. Over And Done – (John Stirratt)
7. A Change Of Heart – (Bic Runga/Dan Wilson)
8. Don’t Forget Me – (Pat Sansone)
9. Long Time Gone – (Don McGlashan)
10. The Cobbler – (Elroy Finn)
11. 3 Worlds Collide – (Glenn Kotche/Phil Selway/Neil Baldock)
12. The Water – (Sebastian Steinberg)
For further info, head here.
MP3: The Smiths – Unhappy Birthday
Proceeds will support Myanmar’s cyclone victims.
Info is as follows:
Purchase tix here.
Visit Editors on MySpace.
MP3: Editors – Bones
Let’s hear it for bands beginning with the letter ‘K’! Learn more about Oxjam here or via some NME highlights: *The fest will see music fans put on 500 days of continuous music, raising an anticipated £1 mill to help Oxfam fight poverty around the world. Hot Chip, Kaiser Chiefs & Fatboy Slim are some of the 40,000 musicians expected to take part in the events, which will occur throughout October. XFM are to join forces with Oxfam to give £50,000 to young people to help them put on the fest. 200 event organisers will be awarded £2,250 towards the costs of the event.*
MP3: The Kooks – Ooh La