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New Compilation Album Donates All Proceeds To Toronto Based Animal Rescue Operation

Ambient, drone, and other experimental electronic music might not be what comes to mind when you think of protest music. But the world is not always just as flat as that. In the past, Shouts has covered electronic music and interviewed field recording artists who all use their talents to better the world.

Sometimes music and art can serve an additional function although the music itself is perhaps not made in protest. The latest compilation album from Toronto-based Polar Seas Recordings contains 23 tracks, all donated by the artists in support of All Creatures Rescue (which operates in the same city). This shelter is a wonderful initiative that might seem unusual to some who look through their page of animals available for adoption. Not many shelters have rats and other rodents available for adoption but the fact is that pet stores around the world sell all sorts of animals without proper responsibility or education for the buyers. So very often it happens that animals are thrown away after a few days when people understand that they don’t know how to take care of them. This is as much a fault of breeders as it is the fault of these stores.

The founder of Polar Seas Recordings, Brad Deschamps, told me that this is the second time he has released a compilation album in support of animals and rescue organisations.

“I’ve been vegan for about 5 years, vegetarian before that, have 2 cats and am an animal lover generally. So the label has been a great way to donate to a cause that’s important to me.” – Brad Deschamps

Brad’s 2 cats are also from an animal shelter in Toronto and his vegetarian friend, Clara Engel, helped organize this collaboration with the before mentioned shelter. Brad explained to me how it’s important for him to use the opportunities he is given to give back to the society:

“I think it’s great when given the opportunity to try to give back to causes that you believe in. I’ve made some great friends through the label and most of them are pretty keen to donate a piece for a good cause as well. I feel a connection somehow between this kind of music and empathy, music that’s soothing or relaxing but also engaging. I know many musicians who are environmentalists, animal lovers, etc.”

Please check out the album below and let this music sweep you away into another state of mind where hopefully you find the empathy to donate a small amount to the welfare of all creatures.

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Racetraitor, War On Women, Sunn 0))) And More On Special BLM Compilation Album

Today is Bandcamp Friday and once again musicians around the world will have the aid of one of the greatest music services this world has to offer. Since the COVID-19 hit the world, so far Bandcamp has helped artists sell $75 million worth of music during previous Bandcamp Fridays. All that money goes directly to the artists since Bandcamp waves their revenue share during these special days.

For hardcore and punk fans there is a fantastic compilation album being released this Friday featuring some heavy canons in the scene such as Minority Threat, Racetraitor, War On Women, SECT, Modern Life Is War, Sunn 0))), Jesus Piece and many more. All proceeds of the 46-song compilation will go to Movement for Black Lives (m4bl.org).

Check out the massive compilation album via this link: https://shutitdowncomp.bandcamp.com/releases

On their webpage Bandcamp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond writes: “It’s a good reminder that Bandcamp Fridays are really an extension of what Bandcamp is about every day. Thank you to all the artists and labels who shared their music with us, and the fans who spent their hard-earned coins to support the artists they love.

Because the pandemic is far from over, we’ll continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year. A more detailed calendar is below.”

Bandcamp Fridays 2020 Calendar:

September 4, 2020
October 2, 2020
November 6, 2020
December 4, 2020

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“Rock n Roll For Blocking Coal” – Compilation Album Vs. Coal Mines And Corrupt Old Ways

The title pretty much says it all. This new compilation album features musicians and poets who see activism as something intertwined with their music endeavors.

“The music and poetry on this album are from artists who don’t see their creative pursuits as separate from politics.”

Many of the album’s songs were recorded right in the protest pit, around the campfire and during the peaceful, direct action.

One of the main fights for Frontline Action On Coal, or FLAC, has been to block the building of the Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin (Australia). #StopAdani is their focus as they believe this mine will harm the indigenous communities in the area.