WNYC has compiled a very useful list of Japan benefit shows to attend throughout the month. But in addition to the slew of concerts organized to aid Japan in the wake of the tsunami, musicians are also releasing albums and cassettes for disaster relief. A sampling of them below.
The Morning Benders have made available for download their Japan Echo EP, eight tracks with contributions from artists Wild Nothing, Twin Sister, Star Slinger and more. All proceeds go to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
Yoni Wolf’s Why? has announced a series of auctions for test pressings of various releases throughout their career. Additionally, they’ll be auctioning off the opportunity to have Wolf write and record a song about you.
Unseen Music is putting together a compilation album of more than 40 experimental/ambient musicians (including Jonsi and Olafur Arnalds) entitled For Nihon. All proceeds will also benefit the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.
Lady Gaga is selling “We Pray for Japan” Earthquake Relief bracelets through her website.
On March 15th, Cold Cave released their New Morale Leadership cassette through Japanese label Big Love Records and used the all the proceeds to donate to charity. All cassettes have sold out.
One more! Another enjoyable, therapeutic way to donate: on Mondays April 4th, and April 11th, Yoshie of Tres Belle Petite Medi-Spa (106 Bond St., between Atlantic Ave. and Pacific St., Brooklyn) will be offering 45 minute Tibetan neck and scalp massages for $60 a pop—all of which will be donated to charity. To make your appointment and find out more, check out this post at Out Impact.