With Live 8 and Live Earth, music is being used as a weapon against today's global problems. Of course, we all know that this isn't an old concept. I mean, remember the 60's and 70's? But it looks like it's gaining speed once again. In NME (released 10.15.07), the mag highlighted the Love Music Hate Racism campaign that's fighting the efforts of the British Nazi Party (BNP). Just like its predecessor, Rock Against Racism, the org has been offering a bunch of music fests to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity and has been doing it since 2002. To highlight its efforts, NME honored the issue to them by offering readers with a limited edition double disc of artists who've contributed to the cause like Bloc Party, Pete Doherty's Babyshambles, Maximo Park and MIA. Here's some footage of the glossy's photoshoot.
A free download of the 2nd CD is available here, and if you want a copy of the issue, back issues are available on NME.com.
One band (on our side of the Atlantic) who's been supporting this cause is Tiny Masters of Today. The Brooklyn-based-brother-sister band has made waves in the UK and breaking out here in the U.S. The recently released their LP, Bang Bang Boom Cake and played the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC last week. But they're not another sibling band like the White Stripes or Eisely, these two play venues that they can't even get into. Ivan is only 13 while his sister Ada is 11, but that doesn't mean they can't rock out like the best of them. Be sure to check them out!