Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Inbox Update: Jimi Hendrix, 'Songs After Sandy' benefit

As you all get ready to enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend, here are some last-minute updates I'll leave you with...

New Jimi Hendrix album set for release on March 5, 2013

On March 5, 2012, a collection of 12 previously unreleased recordings by Jimi Hendrix will see the light. People, Hell and Angels follows Hendrix in 1968 and 1969 as he works on material apart from the Jimi Hendrix Experience and suggests new, experimental directions. The legendary guitarist was considering these new sounds for First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the planned double-album follow-up to Electric Ladyland. Hendrix toys with horns, keyboards, percussion and a second guitar, exploring fresh diversions from his legendary guitarwork. The album artwork is simple, yet as distinct as Hendrix's signature guitar wails. Be experienced yet again.

Read more in Rolling Stone:    

'Songs After Sandy: Friends of Red Hook For Sandy Relief' boasts high-profile firepower

Effort features: Bob Weir & Jesse Malin, Joe Walsh, thenewno2, Ringo Starr, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Amanda Palmer, Joan Osborne, Jeff Lynne, Roger Hodgson, Ben Harper, Ben Folds Five, Eric Burdon, Brendan Benson & Joseph Arthur, and more...

Charity compilation to launch on Pledge Music featuring exclusive tracks and unique signed items to raise funds for grassroots restoration efforts of Restore Red Hook, Red Hook Initiative, Occurpy Sandy & Green Ground Zero 

'Friends of Red Hook' sums it up as musicians from Brooklyn and all over the world come together to help (in alphabetical order): Adam Acuragi, Joseph Arthur, Brendon Benson, Eric Burdon, Ben Folds Five, Ben Harper, Roger Hodgson, Kaiser Cartel, Emmanuel Jal, Matt Lenny, Eli Lieb, Toby Lightman, Jeff Lynne, Joan Osborne, Amanda Palmer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd featuring Buddy Flett, Smitty, Ringo Starr, thenewno2, Bow Thayer, These United States, Joe Walsh, Bob Weir and Jesse Malin.

These artists have offered previously unreleased tracks while others have offered unique experiences and one of a kind signed items. The music will be released in volumes, while signed items will be announced as they are donated. Tracks for volume one are listed below, and please be sure to check back at our sites for updates on artists and items.

Three weeks since Hurricane Sandy tore through coastal communities of New York and New Jersey, tens of thousands are still without power or heat. And for the smaller communities themselves, such as Red Hook, Brooklyn, which is largely inhabited by artists, craftsmen, lower income families and small home grown businesses, recovery will take months if not years. It is clear that there is an immediate need for continued and on-going grassroots support. Songs After Sandy: Friends of Red Hook For Sandy Relief is aimed at that kind of rebuilding, stepping up to fill in the cracks and provide relief directly as needed through several on-the-ground charities.

"Songs After Sandy: Friends of Red Hook For Sandy Relief" is being sponsored by the Not For Profit Green Ground Zero, which was founded for exactly this purpose, to help communities rebuild after disasters. In this case it is particularly poignant as they also advocate for green restoration which creates a more sustainable environment while hitting the root of the problem of global warming.

All proceeds from this project will go to Restore Red Hook, Red Hook Initiative, Occupy Sandy, specifically the “Wedding Register” they maintain where they detail items needed in specific communities and Green Ground Zero.

PledgeMusic have come on board to help us with this and that is where this will live for the first 90 days. Thereafter it will be at

All services to make this compilation possible have been donated, including those of Red Hook based Beautiful Day Media (who were largely affected by the storm but it is important to note will not be benefiting from these funds). Huge thanks go out to: Judy Tint, our wonderful pro bono lawyer, Nick Ditmore for his unwavering cheerleading and graphic designs, Annie Balliro and Jessica West at UNIPHIGOOD, our own Patrice Fehlen and Kathryn Musilek, the tireless team at PledgeMusic, and Neil Chambers at Green Ground Zero, without all of whom this would not have happened.

THANK YOU for helping us restore these vibrant communities!!! Donate today!! We also encourage you to click on the links and visit the websites for the wonderful charities this project is supporting





"Songs After Sandy: Friends of Red Hook For Sandy Relief", VOL 1:

Adam Arcuragi - “Cobra Tie”

Joseph Arthur - “Come on Caroline”

Brendan Benson - “What I'm Looking For” Live version

Eric Burdon – “Tishomingo Blues”

Kaiser Cartel - “Long Way From Home”

Matt Lenny – “Broken Bridges”

Toby Lightman – “Life Is A Riddle”

Jeff Lynne – "Save Me Now"

Joan Osborne - “Where We Start”

Kenny Wayne Shepherd featuring Buddy Flett - “Third House on the Left”

Smitty – “Ryder”

Ringo Starr – “Wings”, recorded Live in Atlanta with the 2012 All Starr Band

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck - “The Tide”

These United States – “Damned & Redeemed”

Joe Walsh – ”Rocky Mountain Way” Live from Troubadour, with Ringo Starr on drums

Bonus content:

Bob Weir and Jesse Malin– Video, live performance of “Brown-Eyed Women”

Signed & Unique Items include:

1 Ringo Starr Signed used drum head, dated 1991, with a doodle on top. Though Ringo no longer signs items, he has offered to personalize this to the buyer.

2 Roger Hodgson a pair of tickets and post show meet n greet for his concert January 12 in Ridgefield, CT (Ridgefield Playhouse) and the same for January 13 at City Winery

1 thenewno2 Signed Fender guitar from band, including: Dhani Harrison, Paul Hicks, Jonathan Sadoff, Jeremy Faccone, Aaron Older and Frank Zummo.

2 Amanda Palmer goodie packs, each with a signed item. 1 features “An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer” signed by both; the other features a signed copy her latest release, “Theater Is Evil” Additional package details to come.

1 Dinner for two at Red Hook’s delicious Homemade (as soon as they re-open)

1 Dinner for two at Red Hook’s Fort Defiance (as soon as they re-open)

More items to be listed shortly

About Green Ground Zero: GGZ is a non-profit focused on advancing the dialogue of green design, coastal resiliency, habitat restoration and sustainable development for rethinking and re-imagining a better world. Through a network of green builders and experts, GGZ connects people with knowledge in community-based design, design-build, and sustainability with people in need to rebuild after natural and man-made disasters. The organization provides education opportunities for students, community members, designers and others to explore sustainability and green building.

Founded in 2002 to advocate for Lower Manhattan to be rebuilt with sustainability, GGZ has grown into an international organization working to rebuild disaster areas and restore ecosystems.

About Restore Red Hook:

Restore Red Hook aims to raise funds to help the small businesses of Red Hook, Brooklyn reopen their doors as soon as possible after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. From the restaurants, bars, and vintage shops to the corner bodegas, these businesses define and serve our community. We need help from inside and outside Red Hook to help rebuild our neighborhood for business owners, residents, and everyone else who loves our little seaside town.

Getting through this time of devastation is going to require a great deal of outside assistance. The damage to many of our businesses is severe, and few business owners have hope that fiscal help is on the way (FEMA primarily helps homeowners, and flood insurance is virtually unavailable in this neighborhood). As we continue to canvas the neighborhood, the list of businesses we hope to serve will become more clear.

We want to make sure the integrity of the fund is well structured, and able to flex with the needs of the community. An advisory board, comprised of third party members, is being established to ensure funds are disbursed responsibly. Our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor is the Fund for the City of New York, a longstanding New York institution.

About Red Hook Initiative:

In 2002 the Red Hook Health Initiative began as a program of a local hospital, in response to the severity of health and social issues in Red Hook. Over the last decade we have developed into a well-regarded community-based institution. In 2006 we formed the Red Hook Initiative (RHI), an independent 501(c)3, in order to expand our scope to better meet community needs. In February 2010, RHI moved into a brand new community center. It is a green building, representing our commitment to social justice and sustainability. This year, 2012, RHI is celebrating our 10th Anniversary and is moving forward with a renewed commitment to the people and community of Red Hook.

About Occupy Sandy:

Occupy Sandy, an off-shoot of Occupy Wall Street, has been a leader in spreading the word about local volunteer and donation efforts online, and thereby spurring real, tangible responses. The group's Twitter and Facebook accounts have posted up-to-date information about exactly what is needed and where. And while the Red Cross doesn't take donations of individual household items and certain bare necessities, these very same needs have become Occupy Sandy's primary focus.

Sample Occupy Sandy Tweets: "Red Hook Initiative needs bowls and paper plates for food"; "Sunset Park Volunteer Hub needs Ham Radios and Operators or VHF Marine Radios"; "If you have a car or truck and want to help transport donated goods & volunteers, link in by texting '@osdrivers' to 23559."

Occupy Sandy's #Medics hashtag on Twitter found doctors for their hubs in Brooklyn and Queens. Hot meals are being prepared every day and night, with volunteers setting up makeshift food kitchens in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Sunset Park. And the network has even set up a wedding registry, via Amazon, so anyone who wants to send blankets, flashlights, dry goods, mini-fridges, batteries and toiletries from anywhere in the United States or around the world can easily do so. “Songs For Sandy” will contribute funds to get specific items on this Wedding Registry.


RINGO STARR: "I want to thank everyone for what they are doing this is how Peace & Love works. Well done Green Ground Zero, Occupy Sandy & Restore Red Hook. Peace & Love, Ringo"

JEFF LYNNE: “This is a brand new electric version of ‘Save Me Now’, a song I wrote 22 years ago about this very subject--global warming and the need to listen and be kind to our planet. I wanted to contribute to “Songs After Sandy” because I feel terrible about what happened, and my heart goes out to all of the people still stuck in it and trying to work through it."

ROGER HODGSON: "I applaud all the ways that people are coming together to 'give a little bit' to help those whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Sandy. Tragedy brings out the true heart of a people and I'm proud to see so much care pouring forth in so many different ways. I am glad to offer these concert tickets and backstage experience to raise funds for Red Hook and other communities."

KAISER CARTEL: "When I moved to Red Hook, all of my city friends thought I was nuts. I could feelhow amazing the neighborhood was right away. I lived there for 11 years, and I said that if I ever left Red Hook, I would move out of NY all together...After a job offer I couldn't refuse, I am now in Interlochen, Michigan, but my heart will forever be there." Courtney Kaiser of Kaiser Cartel

“Kaiser Cartel was born in Red Hook. Almost all of the songs on our albums March Forth and Secret Transit, were written in Red Hook. The cover art of our first album March Forth was shot at our Red Hook apartment. Red Hook will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We have since moved away from our home base in the 'Hook, but still keep in touch with our good friends back in the neighborhood. Many have been hit hard by hurricane Sandy. We're happy to contribute to the relief effort.” Benjamin Cartel of Kaiser Cartel

SMITTY (Red Hook’s own): “Honored and privileged to be a part of this needed project. To help bring back my neighborhood and others decimated by "Sandy". Red Hook is my home. My home is my place of solace. My friends are all my neighbors. Godspeed. Smitty”

THESE UNITED STATES/JESSE ELLIOTT: "I was holed up with friends in Brooklyn when Sandy arrived, and 4 days later walking through a pitch-black East Village at dawn to catch a bus to the airport. For the next two weeks, I watched the headlines from halfway around the world, wishing there was something I could do for the friend who's recording studio got destroyed by the Gowanus canal, the friends and businesses who mean so much to Van Brunt street, and all the friends and strangers who were still in the dark all over the city and along the whole eastern seaboard. I only wish I had some sandbags to offer with this song -- though with forces like these, there's not a lot we can control anyway. I guess we just have to remain humbled and give each other the few minutes at a time of solace and solidarity that make it all worthwhile."

For more information, visit:

Pledge Music:

Restore Red Hook:

Red Hook Initiative:

Occupy Sandy:

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