Published Jun 30, 2011Back in 2003, the charity compilation Live from Nowhere Near You brought together amateur street musicians with professionals like Emily Haines, Stars and Spoon. Now, the compilation is back for a second instalment, and it's shaping up to be even more star-studded that the first.
Live from Nowhere Near You Vol II comes out on July 19 via Portland's Greyday Records. The contributors include (deep breath): the Strokes, Bright Eyes, Eddie Vedder, Modest Mouse, Daniel Johnson, James Mercer of the Shins, Wilco, Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, the Dandy Warhols, Bright Eyes, the Presidents of the Unites States of America, Josh Homme, Mike Watt, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Third Eye Blind. There are also members of bands like the Decemberists, Gang of Four, X and Menomena.
According to the label, it's an "emotionally vibrant compilation full of life and found sounds. By collaborating street musicians with friends and music professionals, he tells a story of life on the streets and the roads leading to and from there." Much of the material is exclusive to this compilation.
Like the previous album, Vol II brings together world-famous artists with buskers and street musicians. It mixes raw and stripped-down recordings with studio-polished material, and this combination "hits like waves of emotion eddying between the warmth of a large wool blanket and the cold of a concrete pillow."
Go to Antiquiet to hear a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me" featuring Eddie Vedder and the Strokes' Julian Casablancas on vocals. Josh Homme and the Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti contribute instrumentally.
All told, there are more than 210 minutes of music spanning three CDs. If you purchase it, you'll even get some bonus songs. Pre-order now and you'll get a few preview tracks before release day.
Impressively, all this costs just $15, with all proceeds going to Outside In, a Portland charity that provides aid and counselling to homeless youth. Go here for more information about the release.
Thanks to Consequence of Sound for the tip.