R.E.M. share previously unreleased track to benefit Hurricane Dorian victims

Fascinating by R.E.M.

While everyone is doing their part to help the Bahamas with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, R.E.M. has jumped on board to help the struggling chain of islands with the power of music.

On Thursday (Sept. 12), the Georgia-founded band unleashed a previously unreleased song titled “Fascinating.” Proceeds from the track, which is available on Bandcamp, will be donated to the Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

“We first became aware of Mercy Corps around the time of Hurricane Katrina, and we supported their efforts to help in that situation,” bassist/vocalist Mike Mills told Bandcamp Daily.

He continues: “I spend a lot of time every year in the Abaco Islands, which was literally ground zero for this disaster. I know a lot of people who lost everything—their homes, their businesses, literally everything they own is gone.

“I approached [R.E.M. manager] Bertis [Downs], and said, ‘I want to do something as a band to help out however we can.’ He suggested Mercy Corps, and I said, ‘That’s great—they’re a great organization.”

He adds: “I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there. It breaks my heart to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian.”

According to a press statement from the band, “Fascinating” was initially set to appear on 2001’s Reveal. Ultimately, the group decided to cut the track from the list at the last minute. The song didn’t stay on the cutting room floor very long. In 2004, they re-recorded the song at Compass Point Studios (now closed) in Nassau with the goal of including it on their 13th studio album, Around the Sun.

Once again, it was omitted from the album because “the lush ballad ultimately didn’t jibe with that spare, atmospheric album.”

But now it looks like the song will be seeing the light of day (officially) and for an excellent cause.

See the band’s full announcement here.

If you would like to help out those affected by Hurricane Dorian, there are a slew of organizations, fundraisers, and charities where you can start. All you really need to do is find one near your location or head on over the Bahamas’ official tourism page where a medley of donates links are available.

We’ve personally donated to the Bahamas Humane Society and Baark! Bahamas so the sky really is the limit.

Mental Health America of Los Angeles Dedicate Clothing Department to Late Suicide Silence Singer

It’s been more than three years since Suicide Silence lost their singer Mitch Lucker in a motorcycle accident. Since that day, the band has done a lot to keep the vocalist’s memory alive from holding a charity show to help raise funds for the late singer’s daughter to giving back to a charity to help combat suicide in America. Last December, the band raised nearly $17,000 at a benefit show for Mental Health America of Los Angeles.

Now, in exchange for the band’s generosity, the nonprofit organization has named their donated clothing department “The Mitch Lucker Clothing Closet.” “We are honored to have been the beneficiary of a charity concert held by the band Suicide Silence,” begins the statement from the nonprofit organization on Facebook. “Their donation is helping us to build our homeless healthcare center where people living on the streets with mental illness can come and get their needs met. This center will help people get connected to the services that they need. The band has chosen to name our clothing closet in honor of their departed lead singer, Mitch Lucker, who helped begin the legacy of giving that led them to us. We could not be more grateful. Thank you to Suicide Silence and to your compassionate fans!”

Suicide Silence took to Facebook to comment about the honor. “As a result of December’s benefit show, we’re happy to announce that Mental Health America of Los Angeles will be officially naming their donated clothing department ‘The Mitch Lucker Clothing Closet.’ We’d like to thank MHALA & all of our fans for helping to make this great honor possible. Let’s all continue to live positively & make 2016 an incredible year.”

Suicide Silence released their fourth studio album, You Can’t Stop Me, which featured the official debut of their new vocalist, Eddie Hermida, in 2014. In the fall of 2015, they released their Sacred Words EP and hit the road alongside Korn for their 20th anniversary tour.

La Dispute Give Fans Pay-What-You-Can Option For Complete Discography

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The holidays are the best time to give back to the community and once again, La Dispute will be doing the same.

Earlier in the day, the band revealed they would once again be giving fans the chance to “pay-what-they-can” for the band’s complete discography, as well as a couple of unreleased tracks, on their Bandcamp.

Any and all donations given to the band through this will be donated directly to The Wellhouse, an organization that helps combat homelessness in Grand Rapids, MI.

Read the letter directly from the band to their fans advising them about this great opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate than the rest of us.

“OK, let’s try this again.

Greetings!

It’s hard to believe that yet another year is coming to a close. It’s been a whirlwind– releasing our 3rd full-length album, Rooms of the House, touring for nearly 4 months straight, and taking multiple short bursts around the world to play various events and festivals with new friends and old. In recent months, we’ve been fortunate to be able to spend time with our families and loved ones, making plans for the future and working towards new things.

In keeping with tradition, we wanted to do something special this holiday season that would be our way of saying thank you to all those who have supported us and stayed with us throughout the years. All this, whatever this is, has become more than any of us could have possibly imagined. It’s overwhelming, really. Baffling even, at times. Ultimately, it’s an honor to be a part of it and we’re so grateful to be able to share it with all of you.

Well enough chit-chat, let’s get to the goodies. As we have done in the past, on December 25 we are opening up our Bandcamp page to pay-what-you-can downloads with the stipulation that all donations will be given to an organization of which we are locally connected to. This year, we have again chosen to support the Wellhouse in Grand Rapids, MI. It is especially pertinent this time of year to consider those who will not have the privilege of shelter and warm food, good company and gifts, while so many of us freely travel to our homes. Wellhouse Grand Rapids has been combating the effects of homelessness by creating spaces and providing opportunities for people to step out of their current situations. You can find more information about the work they are doing at their website (I’ll post below) which we encourage you to check out.

As far as the music goes, you’ll find that there are a few new things up for your downloading consumption, including two previously unreleased BBC sessions, one from earlier this year and another from back in 2011 when we visited Maida Vale with Touche Amore.

A note about downloads: if you are planning to download several albums or songs, please consider combining your donations into one lump sum on one of your downloads, instead of multiple small donations. This will help minimize fees and maximize the money that will be able to be donated.

Thank you for being you.

-LD”