by carl wilson

Do They Know It's Chxzyqwerbazgfyzzt Time?

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Nurse with Wound associates: The Elton John/Sheryl Crow/Bono
of completely fucking doomed fundraising projects.

Perhaps the least-commercial charity record of all time is upcoming from David Tibet's Durtro Jnana label, a five-count-'em-five-CD set titled Not Alone, with proceeds going to Medecins Sans Frontieres aka Doctors Without Borders, and particularly the group's crucial efforts in the AIDS pandemic in Africa. It's currently available for preorder on the label's website.

The set is about as successful as conceivable in assembling "big names" who don't actually sell any records, from the ranks of noise-rockers, minimalist composers, industrial-blaggers, freak folks and fey crooners. Among the contributors of, mostly, previously unreleased tracks: William Basinski, Angels of Light, The Hafler Trio, Nurse With Wound, Jim O'Rourke, Jad Fair, Linda Perhacs, Richard Buckner, Matmos, Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino (with the marvelously titled fleeing panic-stricken shriveled equal temperament), Shirley Collins, the Shockheaded Peters, Marc Almond, Vashti Bunyan, Coil, the Bevis Frond and Charlemagne Palestine. And those are the better-known of the lot, but for a few: When they go all crazy and poppy, it's Isobel Campbell from Belle and Sebastian (okay, a little commercial), Bonnie Prince Billy, Devendra Banhart, Antony & the Johnsons, Damon and Naomi (does anyone buy Damon and Naomi records new? or is it all promos that end up in second-hand shops? no offence meant, I love D&N;, but I suspect nobody pays full price for their discs) and Teenage Fanclub (maybe the catchiest band ever to sell next to no records, at least after the Pernice Bros.). The most famous person on it is probably Allen Ginsberg. Who is dead.

Perhaps the critical mass of excellent artists, the heft of the set, the economical price ($25 U.S. plus $8 postage, or little more than $6 a CD total), the hand-assemblage etc. will mean MSF sees some profit? I hope so, as it's mostly high-quality music for a tremendously vital cause, but the approach contrasts comically with the standard Bloated Superstars on the March approach to charidee music. Mightn't it have been smarter to assemble super-rarities by each artist and set the price in the steeper, collectors' range? Or is that strategy extinct in the age of complete rare albums on instant demand? So dig deep into those scruffy pockets, Wire subscribers. You are the world. You are the ch%*#/:/#%Nfal_iy9n.

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Zoilus by Carl Wilson