One of my favorite online zines, Tiny Mix Tapes, put out their first benefit compilation last month. Titled simply Tiny Mix Tapes Vol. 1: Darfur, this comp collects exclusive tracks from a number of stellar indie artists and Tiny Mix Tapes favorites like Dan Deacon, Frog Eyes, Xiu Xiu, Mount Eerie, Jim O’Rourke, and others. Even better, 100% of the proceeds go the International Rescue Committee, an “independent, impartial, and secular aid organization” that provides aid to Sudanese refugees across the region.
Of all these choice cuts, I’m probably most excited about the new song from Oaktown’s WHY? (who just happen to be responsible for my second favorite album of last year). Hailing from experimental and weirdo-rap collective Anticon, Yoni Wolf and crew continue their foray into sweetly strange indie pop with “Eskimo Snow (Sock Hop Version)”. Not sure what makes this version especially suited for a 50’s dance party, but it’s certainly got me jonesin’ for a new WHY? record.
The compilation is great, but the cause is greater — pick up a copy.