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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

September 30, 2009
More than one hundred individual performers comprise the recording artists, from over 50 countries, who will participate in PEACE, a digital compilation to be released worldwide in January 2010. The project, a new initiative from the Barcelona DJ ensemble Buffetlibre that is being co-produced by Amnesty International, will follow the In Rainbows model of pay-what-you-will made infamous by Radiohead: Downloaders will be allowed to set their own price for the album, starting with a minimum donation of 2-Euros. According to the Spanish production team that minimum price is to encourage fair giving for a charitable cause, as "all proceeds from the sale of the compilation will go to Amnesty International's humanitarian aid projects in areas of conflict."

That the beneficiary of the compilation's sales should be such a pan-national and globally active organization is fitting, considering that the album's contributors come from countries "as geographically and culturally distant as Algeria, Burundi, Ghana, Iceland, Indonesia, Colombia, Israel, South Korea, Lebanon, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Senegal, Thailand, Venezuela and Turkey." Interestingly, the Buffetlibre folks point out that "regions of the world without an independent state are also represented in PEACE, with musicians from Greenland, Hong Kong, Palestine and Tibet." We totally didn't know that Kid 606 was from Venezuela, did you?

The full line-up of those participating in the project is extensive and available from the curating DJs' website, and the pedigree runs deep. Along with what are sure to be first exposures to niche artists from far-flung places, recognizable names include the Yellow Magic Orchestra founder and Oscar-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto, Girls, Micachu & The Shapes, The Antlers (who recently garnered a perfect 10 album rating), A Place To Bury Strangers, Asobi Seksu, múm, Vive la Fete, Tahiti 80, Girls, I'm from Barcelona, Bonde do Role, Voxtrot, Patrick Wolf, Dan Deacon and maybe a few others. That band Crocodiles has a track on it, and you can sample the wares with a couple of free downloads, which we'll also toss in the MP3 player. The pro bono goods are The Spinto Band's "Mr Blue Sky" (an ELO cover), Darren Hayman's "If You Were Here" (a Thompson Twins cover), Dj Mujava's "Superstar" (featuring DJ NonSense), and Boat Beam's "Shadow Pool" (no parenthetical, but an exclusive track).

While the full compilation will not be available for download until after the end of the year, there are several events planned in the few months leading up to what is sure to be a mid-winter melter. Those rolling around Eastern Europe will want to check out a PEACE Party taking place on Saturday, October 3rd at the Merlin Club in Budapest. The Buffetlibre DJs will be on hand personally for the event, where they will perform alongside UK outfit Frankmusik and Hungarian locals We Plants Are Happy Plants.

SEE ALSO: www.buffetlibredjs.net/peace.html

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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