A misleading post title, because of course we are all hoping for Haiti, and have been, day and night since a catastrophic earthquake decimated an already destitute society. We know our place in the order of things — you should be going to your legit news site of choice regularly these days; Stereogum’s here for escapism, muckraking about post-punk and burgers should you need it. But the artistic community is mobilizing to offer relief to the Haitian people, and that’s what this post is about.
George Clooney and MTVN have organized Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief, a live telethon to be broadcast at 8 pm EST from New York, London, L.A., and Haiti, featuring Jay-Z, Bono, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, Alicia Keys, Wyclef, and some 100 others. Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation. The show will be commercial free and run two hours, beginning at 8PM EST and running on every conceivable network. You can’t miss it.
There will be many performances, several billed as one-off collaborations, including a Jay-Z/U2/Rihanna jam. Each one will be available for 99¢ starting tomorrow on iTunes. For those who won’t be by a television and don’t have DVR, we’ll update this post with video embeds from the night. For those looking to donate now, follow this link.
Indie rock’s also doing its part, with high profile gigs like Radiohead’s LA show (ticket auction ends tomorrow), and, here in Brooklyn, Zach Galifianakis, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, and Britt Daniel at Music Hall Of Williasmburg and A.C. Newman, Walkmen, Wrens, Ted Leo, and Jimmy Fallon at The Bell House. Feel free to use the comments to link to your local charity concert, or just talk about Rihanna’s outfit. It’s for a good cause.
Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna – “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)”
Coldplay – “A Message”
Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris – “Hallelujah”
Sting, The Roots & Chris Botti – “Driven To Tears”
Madonna – “Like A Prayer”
Dave Matthews & Neil Young – “Alone And Foresaken”
Pre-order Hope For Haiti Now at itunes.com/haiti.