Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Chickens In Love

Over the last 2 months we have been working very closely with the great people over at the non-profit 826LA on helping them create a fundraiser for their free tutoring and workshop programs for children.

What came of it was a lyric writing workshop hosted by LA band The Submarines back in December, called Chickens in Love as coined by the kids. We asked some local musicians to donate time and come down to teach children the basics of lyric composition. Members of Kissing Cousins, Frankel, Hexham Heads, Nico Stai, and The Monolators split up the kids into 6 groups and each created a song of their own. You can see videos of most of them performing the songs at www.826la.com/chickensinlove. The site also allows you to vote for your favorite song/band by donating a dollar. Each dollar donated equals a vote. And a $30 pledge is Tax Deductible! The winning kids band gets the Gold Record and a rockin' ice cream social!

We then reached out to LA based bands to cover these kids songs and compile them to be released on a Limited Edition LP releasing later this Spring. The artists were extremely generous and really put a ton of love into their kids' song. The artists involved in this compilation are:

- Fiona Apple with Jon Brion and The Punch Brothers
- She & Him
- Cold War Kids
- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
- Tim & Eric
- The Happy Hollows
- Summer Darling
- Dum Dum Girls
- The Growlers
- Crystal Antlers
- The Pity Party
- The Submarines

The songs will be compiled on a Limited Edition LP, CD and as a digital release on iTunes with all proceeds of sales going back to the extremely important free workshops and tutoring programs offered by 826LA. The LP can be pre-ordered now at www.826la.com/chickensinlove

In addition to all of this we will be hosting an 826LA mini-festival fundraising event on Saturday, March 6th at 1pm at the Echoplex in Echo Park with a good portion of these artists playing 20-30 minute sets along with their cover of their kids' song. The LPs, CDs, limited run posters and T-shirts will be available. Details and final line-up are still forthcoming, so stay tuned.

I have included the official Press Release as an attachment. We would really appreciate your help in spreading the word via Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and any other channels you may have at your disposal. We have also created a place where you can grab the Press Release, Banner Ads, and other guerilla items to post here

If you write for a magazine, blog, website, or paper, please get in touch with us!

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