Published Mar 22, 2011Though we haven't yet mentioned it in our news section, the tragic earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan have weighed on us heavily at Exclaim! headquarters. Fortunately, the charitable spirit has entered the music world, as many of our favourite artists are offering up special items to benefit those affected by the tragedy. Take, for example, Fleet Foxes, who are now auctioning off a test press of their highly anticipated new album, Helplessness Blues.
Over at the eBay page for the album, frontman Robin Pecknold released the following statement:
Here we are auctioning off a test pressing of our new album "Helplessness Blues." 100% of proceeds from this auction will go to the GlobalGiving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
This is a double vinyl, so you'll receive two records, one with sides A & B and one with sides C & D. We'll include a little note with like tracklisting and other information.
These things are quite rare and the record isn't even out yet, so it seemed like the most valuable album we had that we could auction off. Projected auction earnings -- twelve dollars.
Anyway thanks for looking and thanks to everybody, musicians and otherwise, doing what they can to help the situation over in Japan right now.
The bid for the record has already surpassed the $1,500 mark, with the auction ending on March 28. In case you can't afford the test pressing, the standard edition of Helplessness Blues will be released via Sub Pop on May 3.
Earlier this week, Fleet Foxes debuted album track "Battery Kinzie" on BBC Radio 1. One Thirty BPM obtained a high-quality radio rip, which can be streamed below.
For other charitable efforts being made by musicians for the sake of Japan, check out this in-depth list on Pitchfork. We're also big fans of this charity T-shirt from the folks of Warp.
Fleet Foxes - Battery Kinzie by One Thirty BPM