We people tend to forget images such as these, as soon as they disappear from the news:
The T?hoku earthquake and the following tsunami which hit Japan’s coastlines in March 2011 was pure horror, took thousands of lives, and destroyed a big part of the country’s infrastructure – pictured above is the city of Kesennuma on Honsh? island, where at least 930 people died during the floods and the events of the following days.
It’s now December 2011, and we shouldn’t forget that the people of Japan still need help. We are the Works in Progress is an initiative by Kazu Makino, singer and guitarist of New York City based alt-rock band Blonde Redhead. There will be a relief benefit compilation on the band’s own label Asa Wa Kuru (Japanese for “Morning will come”).
In early 2012, Blonde Redhead and WATWIP will be releasing the 14-track compilation. Exclusive tracks have been recorded by producers, bands and musicians such as Four Tet, Terry Riley, John Roberts, Broadcast, Karin Dreijer Andersson (The Knife/Fever Ray) Pantha du Prince, John Maus, David Sylvain featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto, and more.
The digital release of We Are The Works In Progress will be on sale digitally on January 10th 2012, you can preorder the 2xLP version (plus digital download code) here and listen to Four Tet’s track ‘Moma’ above the full track list below.
We Are The Works In Progress:
Four Tet – Moma
Karin Dreijer Andersson – No Face
Terry Riley – G Song
Nosaj Thing – Nightcrawler
John Roberts – Berceuse
Blonde Redhead – Penny Sparkle
Pantha Du Prince – Bird on a Wire
Broadcast – In Here the World Begins
Liars/Blonde Redhead – Drip
Deerhunter – Curve
Stalactite – Stalagmite
John Maus – Castles in the Grave
David Sylvain/Ryuichi Sakamoto – Bamboo House
Interpol – Song Seven