A diverse collection of artists such as Moby, Afrikaa Bambaataa, Loudon Wainwright III, and Baaba Maal have donated tracks to "Love Songs for NYC," a compilation assembled by Village Voice Media.
A diverse collection of artists such as Moby, Afrikaa Bambaataa, Loudon Wainwright III, and Baaba Maal have donated tracks to "Love Songs for NYC," a compilation assembled by Village Voice Media. All proceeds from the set will benefit the September 11th Fund.
Shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Village Voice Media ran a full-page ad in all its papers (Village Voice, LA Weekly, Seattle Weekly, OC Weekly, Cleveland Free Times, Nashville Scene, Minneapolis City Pages) soliciting music from established and up-and-coming artists. From more than 1,000 submissions, 18 tracks were selected and, all are previously unreleased and exclusive to this disc, which retails for $11 through each paper's online store. Distributed by MRI/Rykodisc, the Village Voice Records release will be available April 2 via traditional retailers.
Moby kicks off the set with the song "Memory Gospel," while former Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker adds "Fire Up." Other highlights include Cornershop's "Returning From the Wreckage," Andrew W.K.'s "I Love NYC," Wainwright's "No Sure Way," Hydraulic Funk and Bambaataa's "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)," Matthew Shipp's "Amazing Grace," and the Mekons' live submission, "I Heart an Apple."
Here is the full "Love Songs for NYC" track list:
Moby, "Memory Gospel"
Cornershop, "Returning From the Wreckage"
Mekons, "I Heart an Apple" (live)
Joseph Arthur, "Build Back Up"
Moe Tucker, "Fire Up"
Andrew W.K., "I Love NYC"
Hydraulic Funk and Afrikaa Bambaataa, "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"
Ari Upp, "Don't Say Nothing (Bad About My Baby)"
Sheila Chandra, "11"
Hakim, "Hava Habiby"
Gogol Bordello, "Bara Faro"
Uri Caine, "New York, New York"
Loudon Wainwright III, "No Sure Way"
Peter Stampfel & the Du-Tels, "We're Still Here"
Atmosphere, "Summer Song"
Baaba Maal, "Djarabi"
Matthew Shipp, "Amazing Grace"
Lenny Dee, "Xtreme Terror"