Various Artists: Music for a Good Home 2 – album review

Various Artists: Music for a Good Home 2 (Audioscope)
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Audioscope is a festival raising money for the homelessness charity Shelter. They’ve just released a compilation album featuring some of the best contemporary, cutting edge bands making music at the moment. Check out our review of the album below then make sure you rush off to buy it – not only because it’s for a good cause but also because it’s stuffed chocka full of rad tunes.

Too often, albums put together for charity purposes have their hearts in the right place, but often just aren’t very good. It seems that the artists that contribute either do a rushed job on a song, or they pass off one of their castoffs that didn’t make the cut on a record. This one, however, took me by surprise! What a gem. This is like an incredible mix tape that the cool, quirky, hipster, geek-chic kid in high school would give you if you happened to be friends with them. This is a lengthy album and, quite frankly, there is a ton of good stuff here!

AUDIOSCOPE, who put this compilation together, raises money for Shelter, a “homelessness” charity. Apparently, they have raised over £23,000 since 2001. It would be nice to see them raise far more money, especially given the suffering caused by the global economic crumble. I can’t think of a better way than by putting together such a good album with the help of so many incredible artists, many of whom I haven’t heard of until now. All of the tracks are “new and exclusive”, many being remixes. A lot of credit has to go to the artists who contributed these tracks for the cause. But, even if you don’t care about this particular cause, in the end, this album is well worth the money for the music itself.

Standouts for me include Fujiya & Miyagi’s “Coe’s Toes”. I had never heard of these guys before. Wow, they are amazingly dark, creepy and unsettling. A new discovery for me! Love it. Favourite on the album, hands down.

Half Rabbit’s has a cool Doors sound going on that I quite like. Honestly, I didn’t actually hit any songs that I completely disliked. I liked them all to one degree or another, which is surprising seeing as there are 40 very diverse sounding songs here. Some of them I absolutely loved. I quite liked Beak> and their melancholy space sound. I had never heard of them before; excellent once again. Dethscalator is a new band on me, and again, can’t wait to hear more of their feedback laden sludge. The Cellar Family has a fun, ghoulish Rockabilly serial-killer thing happening that has me intrigued. Really, I could keep going on like this for a long time. You get the drift.

Along with this album, the Audioscope12 festival is being held in Oxford on November featuring several of the artists from this album, and a few who aren’t. Damo Suzuki is headlining, playing with “legendary Oxford percussive troupe the ODC Drumline”. This is a big deal by the sounds of it. May be worth checking out! Dethscalator will be there! That should be good, sweaty and loud! I rather wish I was close enough to be going, but alas I am not.

Look, this seems like an excellent cause to support, and I can’t think of a better way to support a cause than by scoring some good music! All money raised from this album goes to Shelter. Remember, times are tough for people right now, so consider that when making your next recorded music investment. And, do trust me, if you are looking for good music to go along with your charity giving, you really can’t beat this.

Find out more about AUDIOSCOPE and the work they do on their website here. You can buy this album online at bandcamp for just 5 pounds!!! How that is even possible, I don’t know. You might want to try and pay a bit more if you can to help them out with their goals. It’s well worth the money!

Interview by Chris Hearn. You can read more from Chris on LTW here.

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Deep in the heart of Canada, on the north shore of frigid Lake Superior, is a town called Thunder Bay. That\'s where I am from. That\'s where I started to write. And that is where I started to discover music. Now, I\'m a married man with two boys. I still love music. I still go to shows. And I still visit Thunder Bay, even though I haven\'t lived there for many years. What will you find on my iPod? You\'ll find lot of Americana, classic country, heavy stuff, punk and plenty of “guilty pleasures”.

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