The Wire

The world's greatest print and online music magazine. Independent since 1982


Japan Earthquake Fundraiser Roundup

In the wake of the Japan earthquake, musicians, artists and promoters have released compilations, organised live shows and donated record sales to fund the relief in Japan. Here's a list of who's giving what, we’ll add any more we find as and when.

ATP are hosting ATP Japan, where all profits go to the Japanese Red Cross. The line up features Squarepusher, LFO and Fuck Buttons. London Kentish Town Forum, 21 April, 6pm, £20.

Antiopic Records and Thrill Jockey have released a 64 track benefit compilation. All the proceeds from Benefit For The Recovery In Japan will be donated to the relief effort via not-for profit organisation Civic Force. Tracks have been donated by Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Growing, Rhys Chatham, Jackie-O-Motherfucker and others, and the album is available for download. Get it here.

Soul Aid is a set of tracks donated by artists for download. All tracks are free and donations are voluntary. Featured artists include Mock & Toof, Miss Kittin and Tokyo Black Star.

Boredoms member Shinji Masuko has asked for direct donations to deliver support to Japan’s community of artists and musicians. Shinji says “So many our friends, friends of friends, friends families, musicians, people who work in music venues, etc… a lot of people who we know were struck…We want to send relief and condolence donation directly to people and north-east Japan’s music scene in future. Please send donations or organise benefits show in your town for them. Please send donations via paypal:” The full open letter is posted here.

Contributor to The Wire Clive Bell is playing shakuhachi at Charity Concert in Aid of the Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Effort: One hour of music for koto, sho, shakuhachi, voice, viola, clarinet and oboe with Okeanos Ensemble plus traditional Japanese & Gagaku music with contemporary works by Dai Fujikura, Howard Skempton and Nicola LeFanu. All donations to the charities Peace Winds Japan, Save the Children, also to the Japan Society UK. London St Lawrence Jewry-next-Guildhall, 4 April, 7pm.

Thrill Jockey, Boredoms and OOIOO are donating 100% of the proceeds from the sales of Boredoms Super Roots 9, and Gold and Green, Taiga or Eye Remix EP by OOIOO. Funds will be donated to Civic Force, Peace Winds and the Fukushima Prefecture municipality. Head here for more info.

Cold Cave released a limited edition cassette with all the proceeds going towards relief in Japan (now sold out).

Already been and gone is John Zorn’s New York benefit concert at Miller Theatre. It raised over $34,000 in ticket sales, 100% of which will be contributed to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. “Events of this kind do more than raise money, they bring people together and help us to heal,” said Zorn.

Unseen Music has released a compilation called For Nihon, which is currently being finalised. Samples here:
For Nihon - compilation sampler to benefit the Japan earthquake by Keith Kenniff

Dig Deep For Japan at Corsica Studios on 16 April asks for a £7 minimum via a Just Giving page. The night features Horse Meat Disco, Idjut Boys, Felix Dickinson, live cabaret from the House Of Downlow and more.

A compilation from records label Force Of Nature called Sendai Japan features a specially recorded Cindytalk track entitled "E Quindi Uscimmo A Riveder Le Stelle" (Italian, meaning “We Then Emerged To See The Stars Again”), plus tracks from the [law_rah] collective, Synnack and Instinct Primal. Contributors ask for a £5 donation.

Snuff Crew have released Snuff Trax For Japan, a 45 track compilation features Laurent Garnier and others. More info here.

The Centrifuge & Splutter team are hosting a fundraising event at Elektrowerkz. The line up features Icarus, Mike Dred, Luke’s Anger, Monster, Point B, and Scheme Boy, plus DJs, artist Stik and a raffle. 100% of the profits will go to Peace Winds. London Electrowerkz, 28 April, 10pm–4am, £7/10.

Kompakt has released a compilation of 34 tracks chosen by Ostgut Ton, Freude Am Tanzen, Bpitch Control, Dial, Kompakt, Raster Noton, Monika, Optimo Music and others, featuring Kaito, Cosmic Kids, Gowentgone and more. All money generated goes to The Deutsches Rotes Kreuz "Japan".

Artists including Heatsick, The Haxan Cloak, Bill Kouligas and Becoming Real have donated tracks to a Night School cassette. All profits will be donated to the Japan Tsunami Appeal, and Night School will not be giving the artists involved free copies, or retaining any copies. Available here.

Sonic Youth are selling a collection of instruments on eBay including an Ibanez Roadster II used between 1986–1988 that was featured in the video for "Titanium Exposé". All proceeds go to the Japan appeal via Shelter Box USA.

Distributors Wordsandsounds have released Japanease, a 138 track compilation of electronic music in three parts, plus a T-shirt. The compilation features Wolf & Lamb, Nathan Fake, Faze Action, Prins Thomas and more. The entire income will be donated to the area of Sendai/Miyagi via the German Japanese Association. Available here.

Fabric has teamed up with Hospitality and Shogun Audio for two fundraising nights where all profits (including bar takings) will go to the Red Cross Disaster Fund, New Zealand Embassy Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, Red Dot Relief, and The Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund. 12 May features Hatcha, High Contrast, Icicle and more, and 26 May includes Carl Cox, John Digweed, Yousef, and others. Tickets here.

Tomodachi Calling! is a charity webshop that asks artists and musicians to submit designs to be printed on T-shirts and other paraphernalia. Designers already signed up are Michel Gondry, Robert Crumb, Daniel Johnston, Blonde Redhead, Yamataka Eye, and others. All profits go to the Japanese Red Cross.

Andy Votel and clothes boutique Oi Polloi in Manchester team up for a night of fundraising on 30 April at The Gaslamp. Ahead of the night Votel has compiled a mix of Japanese obscurities entitled Futen Carmen Meets Keizer Ketchup - Embalmed Japanese Concept Pop. Listen below, or head to Facebook for more event details.

'Futen Carmen meets Keizer Ketchup - Embalmed Japanese Concept Pop' mixed by Andy Votel by oipolloi

Ten artists and bands perform on 30 April, as part of the Cheltenham Jazz Fringe Festival. Acts include Longstone, Hailström and more. All proceeds go to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. Full details on the Facebook event page.

Pacific Support is a cassette compilation featuring Rene Hell, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Greg Davis, The North Sea and more. All proceeds go to the Red Cross. For this one even the cassette run of 300 was printed for free. Available from DRAFT for $8.

Electric Temple Records have released a double cassette/digital compilation featuring Forma, The North Sea, Sic Alps, Glenn Jones, Steven R Smith and more. All proceeds go to Shelterbox. More info at the Electric Temple site.

Frank McComb is headlining a charity concert for victims of the Japan earthquake, on a bill which also includes Kenji Suzuki, keyboardist Dave Clayton, and XOVA. London Hideaway, 22 May, 7pm, £10.

Forest Swords is releasing Fjree Feather on 20 June, a six track EP of remastered early demo material. All money raised will be donated to the Red Cross. The EP is released on white vinyl and digital. Vinyl can be pre-ordered now, and the 320kbps download is priced at £5.