Everyone at KEXP has been moved by the recent tragedies in Japan. In an effort to help, KEXP is providing this page of online resources where you can learn more about the events, organizations, and other ways you can support those affected.
Thanks to Pitchfork.com for providing much of this information. If you know of an additional charity, event, or auction that is raising money for tsunami relief, please leave a comment below to let us know.
- Google Crisis Page: offers options of donations to the Japanese Red Cross Society, International Medical Corps, UNICEF, and Save the Children.
- Boredoms: Shinji from Japanese bands DMBQ and Boredoms is accepting donations via PayPal (email: email@example.com) as he drives around Japan in a van filled with food that he is hand-delivering to stricken areas.
- Donation Doubler This website lists different companies and organizations that are matching funds for Japan relief efforts.
- Antiopic: Antiopic has released the benefit compilation Benefit for the Recovery in Japan, which features 64 songs for $15, by artists like TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Deerhunter/Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox, Fennesz, Bear in Heaven, Oneohtrix Point Never, Sam Prekop, Tim Hecker, Akron/Family, School of Seven Bells, Grouper, Prefuse 73, the Ex, Parts & Labor, and Growing. All proceeds go to the Japanese relief organization Civic Force.
- Comanechi: The Big Pink drummer Akiko Matsuura’s side band Comanechi are selling limited-edition T-shirts.
- Fake Four, Inc.: Record label Fake Four, Inc. has put together a benefit EP called J-A-P-A-N featuring Sole, Myka 9, Moka Only, Awol One, Radical Face, and more. Proceeds go to Relief International.
- Love Letter to Japan: Love Letter to Japan is a special compilation album that will be available to purchase via Bandcamp for one month only starting Monday, April 11th. All funds from online sales of this album will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross relief efforts. The compilation features Scottish musicians such as The Pastels, Eugenius (of The Vaselines), BMX Bandits, Stevie Jackson (of Belle & Sebastian), Alasdair Roberts, and more. Most of the tracks on the compilation are previously unreleased (including the first new Eugenius track in 15 years), the others are not widely available elsewhere.
- Male Bonding: Sub Pop Records band Male Bonding is auctioning off the test pressing (the only one) of their split 7″ with Pens. This is from a sold out release on Paradise Vendors Inc. All proceeds will be donated directly to the earthquake / tsunami victims by Haruka Big Love.
- The Morning Benders: The Morning Benders have released the Japan Echo EP over at their website. The EP features two Morning Benders cuts, “Better in Blue” and “Little Riot”, as well as remixes from Star Slinger, Wild Nothing, Twin Sister, and more. All proceeds from the EP’s sales will go towards the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
- Ninja Tune/ All City/ Kode9: Artists on the electronic labels Ninja Tune and All City, as well as Hyperdub head Kode9, are among some of the many contributors featured on the Nihon Kizunacompilation, which is available now for purchase on Bandcamp and iTunes Japan. The proceeds will go towards supporting the Japan Red Cross.
- RZA: The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA posted a new track on Soundcloud, Gab-Gotcha’s “Japan”, for free download in support of Japan.
- Serena-Maneesh: Shoegazers Serena-Maneesh just released a remix of Lindstrøm & Christabelle’s “High & Low” on iTunes; all proceeds go to supporting the Japanese Red Cross.
- Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth are auctioning a pair of vintage posters, as well as a pair of band-branded Vans from the era that produced their 1992 LP Dirty, with 100% of the funds raised going to ShelterboxUSA.org, which provides shelter and needs to Japan’s displaced homeless population.
- Thrill Jockey: Thrill Jockey is donating all proceeds from the sales of the Boredoms’ Super Roots 9, and OOIOO’s Taiga, Gold and Green, and Eye Remix EP.
- Shugo Tokumaru: Japanese indie-pop artist Shugo Tokumaru is selling a new track, “Open a Bottle”, at Bandcamp to support Japan.
- tUnE-yArDs: As the 4AD website reports, tUnE-yArDs have started a Flickr account for fans to post pictures of themselves in face paint (inspired by the video for “Bizness”). For every photo, frontwoman Merrill Garbus will donate a dollar to Japanese relief efforts, and she’ll award a boom box painted in the same colors as her new album artwork to whoever posts the most creative photo.
- Turbo Records: Dance-oriented label Turbo Records will be donating all proceeds forsubscriptions to the label’s catalog sold until May 1 to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
- Unseen Music: Jonsi and Alex, Max Richter, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Balmorhea, Biosphere, Jon Hopkins, Alva Noto, and others contribute to Unseen Music’s For Nihon compilation, which will benefit the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
- Chad VanGaalen: Chad VanGaalen is selling a new EP, Your Tan Looks Supernatural, over at his Bandcamp. The EP is comprised of outtakes from his forthcoming record Diaper Island, and will go towards benefitting the Red Cross.
- Warp Records: Warp Records is selling a t-shirt that will go towards supporting the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal; the shirt will be on sale until April 4.