Published Mar 05, 2015Montreal's Yellow Bird Project is a charitable organization that recruits musicians to design T-shirts for good causes. Now, YBP is taking its relationship with the musical community one step further by releasing an album that is loaded with notable contributors. Good People Rock will be released on April 14 through Madic Records, the Arts & Crafts imprint operated by Dan Mangan.
The album consists entirely of cover tunes. Across the 11-song tracklist, Andrew Bird covers the New Pornographers, Hayden takes on TV on the Radio, Alec Ounsworth (of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and Elvis Perkins each cover one another, and Astrals Swans reinterprets Wolf Parade (with a guest appearance from Mangan). There's also a bonus track from the Tallest Man on Earth.
"The spirit of Yellow Bird Project is completely in line with my philosophy for Madic Records," Mangan said in a statement. "To promote interesting music, to create and foster community, and to try to be a force of positivity in the world. What YBP has accomplished to date is inspiring and I'm thrilled to be involved in their latest project."
YBP has been around for nine years, while this album has been in the works for five. For a taste of the comp, scroll past the tracklist below to hear Andrew Bird's version of "The Fake Headlines" by the New Pornographers.
Good People Rock is available to pre-order on vinyl or digital download right here.
Meanwhile, YBP is producing the Kathryn Calder documentary A Matter of Time, which about her mother's battle with ALS.
Good People Rock:
1. Andrew Bird - "The Fake Headlines" (The New Pornographers)
2. Hayden - "Family Tree" (TV on the Radio)
3. Elvis Perkins ft. Alec Ounsworth - "Mexican Ritual" (Alec Ounsworth)
4. Whispertown - "Give A Little Love" (Rilo Kiley)
5. Micah P. Hinson - "Not One Bit Ashamed" (King Creosote)
6. King Creosote - "Take It In" (Hot Chip)
7. Alec Ounsworth - "How's Forever Been Baby" (Elvis Perkins)
8. Keaton Henson - "Take Care" (Beach House)
9. Dry the River - "Satellite Mind" (Metric)
10. T E Morris - "Much More Than That" (Sharon Van Etten)
11. Astral Swans ft. Dan Mangan - You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son" (Wolf Parade)
12. The Tallest Man on Earth - "A Field of Birds" (YBP Theme Song) (bonus track)