OK, kids . . . time to raise your collective consciousness.

OK, kids . . . time to raise your collective consciousness. Flying Side Kick gathers some of the more prominent social/political activists on the West Coast punk circuit to help promote Home Alive—a Seattle based anti-violence project that offers affordable self-defense classes and provides public education and awareness, among other services. All the songs are previously unreleased and are exclusive to this release. In fact, many of them were written and recorded specifically for this project. As with most collections of this nature, the material varies wildly in quality. One of the set's stronger moments is delivered by Indigo Girl Amy Ray, who teams with the Butchies on the thought-provoking, guitar-drenched "On Your Honor." Also quite potent are Carrie Akre's pensive "Wishing You Well" and the Need's riotous rendition of Metallica's "Frayed Ends of Sanity." In all, a worthwhile collection that serves an even better cause. Support it. Contact: BrokenRekids.com or HomeAlive.org.—LF