The Hannah Barberas – “Oh Santa Claus!”

By Will Oliver, November 26th 2018

British DIY pop partisans The Hannah Barberas delighted us earlier this year with a set of promising EP’s which gave us tracks such as “Now (Is Here At Last)” and “No Mystery.” The band keep chugging along and have announced their new EP The Hannah Barberas’ Christmas Bandwagon. Not only that, but the EP is for a good cause as all proceeds will be donated to Shelter, making sure no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

Enjoy the cheerful cut “Oh Santa Claus!” which has been released ahead of the EP’s December 7 release. If you dig it, go buy the EP from their Bandcamp and donate to a good cause.
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Back on a Sunday night in September, seemingly most of the musical talent that happened to be in New York that weekend converged to Bowery Ballroom for the first night of Neilfest, a tribute to the great Neil Young put on by The Best Fest. Not only was it a grand old celebration of a musical genius, but it served as a benefit to the Sweet Relief charity. So not only did you get some amazing artists, old and new, covering Neil Young, but it was all for a good cause. What’s not to love?

Cabin Down Below Band served as the backing house band for all the guests, and these guys are veterans of these sort of things by now, also serving as the backing band for the previously held Dylan Fest, Petty Fest and Stones Fest. They kicked things off with “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown,” and then handed the torch to a different band or artist to take over the song, and then pass the torch down the respective line.
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[new]: Four Tet – Gillie Amma, I Love You

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2013


Only a few weeks ago Four Tet released his new album, Beautiful Rewind. He’s still staying busing. He’s also contributing songs to good organizations such as Everything Is New, which is a project that helps aid children located in Southeast India.

On January 20, the organization is releasing two albums called Sun Choir and BOATS. The albums’ proceeds will go to Scottish Love In Action, a charity that helps provide food, education, medicine and clothing to children in Southeast India. One of the albums, BOATS, consists of Four Tet’s new song “Gillie Amma, I Love You.”

It’s a lovely song that is a perfect fit for such a good cause. I hear elements of Sigur Ros in it.

Enjoy it below.

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Empress Of – Don’t Tell Me

By Will Oliver, October 16th 2012 — with 2 comments

Not too much is known yet about Empress Of, except that it’s led by Brooklyn’s Lorely Rodriguez. She’s been teasing it with youtube clips and this website. That is until she shared her debut track “Don’t Tell Me” today. It comes just in time, as her first performance will be at the Gorilla vs. Bear/Yours Truly showcase that will take place at 285 Kent this Thursday.

Enjoy some delightful female electronic work that is powerful and pretty damn sensual. Something tells me that this girl may explode next year in the same way that Grimes did this year. Great vocals and insane production that is a great start to a promising career.

Let the hype machine begin.

[mp3]: Empress Of – Don’t Tell Me

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The Drums Release Single For Japan Relief Efforts

By Will Oliver, April 20th 2011

The Drums have recorded and released a new single titled “The New World” that is available for paid download. All proceeds will go towards Japan disaster relief efforts.

Here’s a message from The Drums in regards to the single:

“We are deeply saddened by what has happened, and we are so in awe of the strength and courage shown by the people of Japan. We wrote this song to bring a little more hope. Japan, we have loved you since the very first moment we set foot on your land. Thank you for all your love.”

The track is available to purchase at iTunes right now.

If you want, take a listen to a stream of the song that (I found) on youtube. Be sure to buy the song if you like it. It’s for a great cause.



Crash Avenue Comp Series: For Andy Kotowicz

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2010

This months Crash Avenue Comp Series is a special one. It’s somewhat Holiday themed, but there’s a lot more to it. It’s a way to benefit the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation. Andy was an important member of the Sub Pop team. Sadly he died on October 24th due to severe injuries he suffered in a car accident. He left behind a wife and daughter, and the foundation is meant to help them get through this hard time.

All proceeds will go to the foundation. You can buy the album now, and you can name your own price. You can also donate via paypal.

The compilation is available to stream below: