Future Soundtrack for America

Headed For The 'Future'

R.E.M.Blink-182, R.E.M., the Flaming Lips, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Fountains Of Wayne are among the artists who have donated tracks to the fundraising compilation "Future Soundtrack for America," due this week via Barsuk. The disc was assembled by They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh, with proceeds earmarked for non-profit progressive political organizations.

"As a citizen, I felt like we're living in an extreme time and I feel I'm very nervous and unhappy with the state of the world. I wanted to do something other than just shake my fist at the TV," Flansburgh says.

Among the songs are "This Will Be Our Year" by former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, the Sleater-Kinney track "Off With Your Head" and "Money" by the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am. They Might Be Giants add their interpretation of the 1840 William Henry Harrison campaign song "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," while former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty performs "Move On."

Tom Waits contributes "Day After Tomorrow," which will also appear on his forthcoming album, "Real Gone" (Anti-), when it is released in October. The album closes with "A Distorted Reality Is Now a Necessity To Be Free," an unreleased Elliott Smith track that was donated by the late singer/songwriter's estate.