It’s nice when good causes can meet eye-to-eye with great music. “We Are The World” was about a wonderful cause (world hunger), but it was a pretty ridiculous and timid song. I’m just happy that some of today’s most adventurous and entertaining musicians are joining up for an upcoming compilation.
MoveOn.org and Music For America have announced plans to release a benefit CD to raise money for various charities. The album will be released August 10, and is titled Future Soundtrack for America. The album will feature rare or previously unreleased contributions from a solid list of artists, including R.E.M., Tom Waits, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Death Cab For Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, They Might Be Giants, will.i.am, The Flaming Lips, Bright Eyes, and many more.
In addition, McSweeney’s will release a book called Future Dictionary of America, that will feature entries by a host of talented authors, including Paul Auster, Jonathan Franzen, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Wendy Wasserstein, and many more.
100% of the proceeds are reportedly going to a collection of charities like the Sierra Club.
Take that, “We Are The World.” Now, we just need to have an updated version of Live Aid, featuring a reunion of The Police. A man can dream, can’t he?