Musicians releasing songs to benefit those in need is not a new phenomenon -- look no further than 1985's "We Are the World" charity single, by the supergroup USA for Africa, featuring Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, and strangely enough, Dan Aykroyd. And let's not forget the awesomely awful Haiti remake.
Civic Force, a Japanese not-for-profit, has released a digital album download to benefit Japan in hopes of aiding their recovery from the recently devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami.
And unlike USA for Africa, there's no Dan Aykroyd in sight. Instead, included on the 64-track album is a song by School of Seven Bells, which will be returning to Dallas in a few weeks to play this year's second annual Homegrown Music and Arts Festival. Other well-known names contributing to the release include Akron/Family (in town tonight at The Loft!), Parts & Labor and Bear in Heaven.
All proceeds from the album go towards Civic Force, Japan's emergency response organization. You can get the entire album here, for the low price of $15.
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