Monday, February 16, 2009

Free Yr Radio

I don't listen to a lot of radio simply because there's not much out there worth the ear time that I can pick up. That being said, the few independent radio stations there are still hanging on and spinning tunes deserve our support. And if you're looking for a way to make sure they stay on the airwaves, the Free Yr Radio campaign is the way to go. Here's a little bit about it:
Now in its second year, the Free Yr Radio campaign helps generate awareness and funds for independent radio through a series of promotional activities including free station-sponsored in-store concerts by top indie artists, vehicle sweepstakes to augment station fund-raising drives and a benefit compilation. Yaris and Urban Outfitters joined forces to create Free Yr Radio in 2007 to start a conversation with their customers about the importance of independent radio and to encourage people to talk about, listen to and support their favorite stations.
The 2008 version of the compilation came out a few weeks ago and is available for the paltry sum of .99 cents and you can donate more if you'd like. That's right, you get twelve tracks for a ridiculously low price and all the proceeds go directly to the participating stations, including the following:

* KEXP // Seattle, WA
* KVRX // Austin, TX
* THE CURRENT // Twin Cities, MN
* KUSF // San Francisco, CA
* KUCI // Irvine, CA
* WPRB // Princeton, NJ
* WERS // Boston, MA
* KRCL // Salt Lake City, UT
* WVKR // Poughkeepsie, NY
* WVUM // Miami, FL
* OHIO.FM // Columbus, OH
* KIWR // Omaha, NE

Here's the track listing:

01. !!! – Must Be The Moon (Live at KEXP)
02. Chairlift – At My Side
03. Yeasayer – Final Path (Daytrotter Sessions)
04. White Williams – Blue Steel
05. Dan Deacon – Cave Birth
06. No Age – Padded Chair
07. Mudhoney – The Lucky Ones (Live)
08. King Khan & Saba Lou – Past and Gone
09. The Secret Machines – The Walls Are Starting To Crack (Live at KEXP)
10. The Walkmen – In The New Year (Live)
11. Tokyo Police Club – Your English Is Good (K-Os Remix)
12. Jamie Lidell – Rope of Sand (Live at Austin City Limits)

And here's a track to wet your whistle while you're downloading the rest:

King Khan & Saba Lou - Past and Gone : Free Yr Radio 2008 Benefit Compilation

Visit the official Free Yr Radio website.

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