Here's a worthy cause for a new compilation: Helping Amanda McCabe, a local music scene stalwart who was a resident DJ at Hemlock Tavern, made cover art for bands like Birds & Batteries and Garrett Pierce, interned at Sub Pop, and contributed in many other ways to the indie music world. McCabe has long suffered from a debilitating strain of scoliosis, for which she's currently undergoing treatment in Florida. The condition is so bad that she "cannot carry a purse, wear a coat, carry a grocery bag, type for longer than five minutes at a time, or needless to say, work," as she explains on her blog.
To ease the financial strain of her care, a large group of musicians, including many from the Bay Area and Northern California, today released Save the Amanda! Vols. 1 and 2, a 40-song compilation of mostly new and unreleased material, the proceeds of which will go to help you know who. It includes some excellent songs from local artists like John Vanderslice, Tartufi, Two Sheds, Foxtails Brigade, Future Twin, and many more.
Indeed, it's a huge project. Here's what Birds & Batteries figurehead Mike Sempert, who contributes the very first track on the comp, had to say about it:
Amanda is an amazing lady and stalwart of the indie music community. She created original album art for David Dondero, Birds & Batteries and Garrett Pierce, rocked a DJ residency at the legendary Hemlock Tavern in SF, interned at Sub Pop, worked at label relations for SNOCAP, was VP for Buried Treasure Records, admin for the Punk Rock Orchestra... The list goes on.
Music is her life.
So it only seems fitting that some of the artist she's helped and worked with chip in some music.
This compilation includes music by some of the best artists I can think of and better yet, these are mostly unreleased rarities: b-sides, acoustic versions, live recordings, yet to be released tracks.
Check out the music here, and of course, feel free to donate more than the minimum amount.