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We found a kitten running under cars on the freeway during rush hour and we rescued her!!! The next day we took the kitty to the vet and found out she had fallen or been thrown and she needed surgery and pins in her pelvis and knee!!! It was super expensive so we asked some of our friends to contribute unreleased songs to benefit the little kitty gato and 50 bands came to the rescue!!! She is the sweetest little kitten ever, there’s no way we could have let her die so we did THE KITTY COMP!!! –Burger Records

This compilation features 50 unreleased songs by 50 bands (including Ryan Adams, Mikal Cronin, Brentwood Dan from the Beachwood Sparks, Peter Case, and now Matthew Sweet just added his contribution) to cover medical fees for surgery. All proceeds go to rescuing a kitten and the additional proceeds beyond the cost of the kitten’s surgery will be donated to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 500 cassettes pressed and numbered! Available, HERE.

Track List: 
1. Veloura Caywood – Cat In A Box
2. John Wesley Coleman – Yo Kitty Kat
3. The Vomettes – I Like Your Pussy But I Love Your Penis
4. Audacity – Run Kitty Run
5. Lenguas Largas – Lower Profile
6. The Resonars – I Didn’t Feel So Cold Then
7. Dead Ghosts – I Sleep Alone
8. The Abigails – Always
9. Joel Gion – Every Which Way
10. Cleaners From Venus – Hove New
11. The Pizazz – Face Parade
12. Summer Twins – Senor Don Gato
13. Pangea – Offer

14. Mikal Cronin – You Gotta Have Someone (Demo)
15. Sea Lions – Doesn’t Mean A Thing
16. Devon Williams – Your Avalon
17. Wyatt Blair – Girls
18. Teenage Burritos – Charlie
19. MHV – Portrait
20. Penetration Moon – Real Wild Child
21. Schlitzie – What’s His Name
22. Miss Chain and the Broken Heels – Don’t Let Go
23. Tomorrows Tulips – Free
24. Part Time – The Berkshire Hobbits
25. Nick Nicely – Hilly Fields (Acoustic)

1. Brentwood Dan (Members of Beachwood Sparks) – Sad Song 4 Kat
2. Babies on Acid – Grrrl
3. Burnt Ones – Hologram Dropouts (Demo)
4. Peach Kelli Pop – Stay Away
5. Goochi Boiz – Why You Gotta Be Mean To Me
6. White Mystery – Ye Olde Stone Cut
7. The Coathangers – Sex Beat
8. Blue Jungle – Teardrops
9. Apache – Kitty On Christmas
10. The Stalkers – Searching In The Wilderness
11. Bell Gardens – Today I Started Loving You Again
12. Beekler – Grips
13. Peter Case – I’m Gonna Change My Ways

14. Ryan Adams – Dynasty of Troll Loch Ming
15. The Zoltars – You Come With A Price
16. The Be Helds – Just Dreamin’
17. Lust-Cats of the Gutters – Pac-Man
18. Soviet – Heaven’s Gate
19. Apple Brains – Give Me Your Tongue
20. So Wrong – This Ain’t The Time To Die
21. Crystal Antlers – Struggle
22. Young Guv – Call Me When The Cat Dies (Live)
23. Lovely Bad Things – Surfin’ On Skulls (Demo)
24. Slumber Party – Stay Gold
25. Meow Twins – Beds

CMG & We Are The Night – Build Fires (French Quarter cover)

A band hailing from San Pedro California, CMG & We Are The Night (led by Carlos Michael Gutierrez) has covered French Quarter’s song ‘Build Fires‘ for the benefit compilation album “Friends & Family – A Benefit For Hunger Relief” released by Mountain Man Records. Stream their debut album “Golden Ghosts” (2010) on the bandcamp.

“Friends & Family” compilation also features ‘I Could Not Tell If You Were Smiling’ by Stephen Steinbrink (aka French Quarter).

cover art by Gavin Smith

Flannelgraph Records (Bloomington, IN) has released their 2nd annual holiday benefit compilation featuring 23 great bands playing beautiful Christmas instrumentals that they wrote! All the money goes to Stepping Stones, helping out homeless teens. Available now on their bandcamp.

Featuring: Candy Claws, Soporus, Frank Lenz, Dirty Beaches, The Parade Schedule, Funeral Home, Frank Schweikhardt, Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Homecomings, Quixod, Whippoorwill, Laura K. Balke, Drekka, Dolorean, New Terrors, Sleeping Bag, Bro. Stephen, Chad Serhal, Wet Blankets, Michael James Tapscott w/ J. Shelley Harrison, Tim Felton Feat. Aaron Burkhart, Burnt Ones, and Via Vegrandis.

Omnivore Recordings will release “Free Again: The “1970″ Sessions” (CD/Digital/LP/Limited Edition LP+7″ Bundle), the first solo recordings from a post-Box Tops / pre-Big Star Alex Chilton, including previously unissued tracks. Available on January 10th, 2012.
Details and Pre-order >> HERE.

Also, Omnivore has released Big Star’s “Third” (Test Pressing Edition), 500 copies Limited-Edition 180-gram clear vinyl as their first webstore exclusive, and the black vinyl as Record Store Day version.


Alex Chilton – The EMI Song (Smile For Me)
from “Free Again: The “1970″ Sessions”
written by Alex Chilton and Terry Manning

released 21 March 2011

Fan Modine Cover of Alex Chilton song from his album ’1970′. Mixing, mastering and additional instrumentation and backup vocals by original song co-writer Terry Manning. Also featuring Chris Stamey (Guitar Solo), Lee Waters (Essex Green, Dean Wareham), Matt McMichaels (formerly of The Mayflies USA), Michael Holland (Jennyanykind), Wes Lachot, Lisa Lachot, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Seamus Kenney (SNMNMNM), and more. 50% of proceeds to benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

Fan Modine – Through the Valley

Taken from North Carolina’s Gordon Zacharias aka Fan Modine’s latest album “Gratitude for the Shipper” which was produced by Zacharias himeself, Chris Stamey (of The dB’s) and the former R.E.M. manager (1981-1996) Jefferson Holt. Available from Daniel 13 Press founded by Jefferson Holt.
Purchase the album, HERE.

R.I.P. Alex Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010)
Thanks to ArAtAq!

“Recorded for Japan is a compilation album containing songs recorded between April and June 2011 to aid the victims of the earthquake, resulting tsunami, and nuclear emergency that happened on March 11th, 2011 in Japan. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this compilation will go directly towards the continuing recovery and reconstruction effort, specifically the Japanese Red Cross. The album features the contributions of Acrylics, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Beige, Chairlift, Erika Spring, Ice Choir, Kurt Vile, K. Heasley, Kuroma, Pablo Picasso, Patrick Cleandenim, Regal Degal, R. Stevie Moore (feat. Members of MGMT), and Violens.Artwork by Max Hooper Schneider”

The digital-only compilation will be available on Aug. 4, 2011 worldwide.

Mia Doi Todd + José González – Um Girassol da Cor do Seu Cabelo
(Lô Borges / Márcio Borges) EMI Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Produced & Mixed by Om’Mas Keith

Red Hot + Rio 2, a modern tribute to late 60’s Brazilian Tropicália movement and produced in partnership with Entertainment One Music is set to be released on June 28th, 2011, featuring John Legend, Os Mutantes, Devendra Banhart, David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Dirty Projectors, Seu Jorge, Beck, Bebel Gilberto, José Gonzalez, Beirut, Tom Zé, Of Montreal, Money Mark, Los Van Van, St. Vincent, Neon Indian, Mia Doi Todd, Javelin, and many more.  Full track List, here.

LISTEN :: “Red Hot + Rio 2″ in its entirety through NPR’s First Listen


Bonnie “Prince” Billy – There Is No God

“Charity rock….that’s not quite right. Charitable rock? Hmmm…anyway, Bonny and Cairo and Ben and Pete and Rachel and Cassie and Peter and Billy and Mark are bringing the message to you with this one, talking about God on both sides. Then they’re playing for you and you’re giving back to them, and they’re giving back to Save Our Gulf and The Turtle Hospital. Help maintain the waterways! And they say there is no God….”    (Drag City)

Bonnie “Prince” Billy‘s new charity 10″ single “There Is No God” b/w “God Is Love” is due out on June 21st via Drag City, it features Emmett Kelly, Ben Hall, Pete Cummings, Peter Townsend, Billy Contreras, Cassie Berman and Rachel Korine. Recorded by Mark Nevers and mastered by Paul Oldham. Pre-order, here.

And his another “Afternoon” 10″ and Book, a collaborative effort between artist Ashley Macomber (paintings) and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is due out late summer 2011 via Black Tent Press, recorded with with Danny Kiely, Ben Vandermeer, Mark Hamilton and Doug Paisley, limited Edition of 1000.  It is based upon the adaptation of the poem “l’apres midi d’un faune” written by Stephane Mallarme in 1865.  It was originally put to music by Claude Debussy and popularized in the 1912 ballet, “Afternoon of a Faun” by Nijinsky.

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