Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and the music community has rallied around him, but the road hasn’t been easy. After several benefit concerts back in May, some of the donations ended up being stolen in a van break-in. Fekete has had a GoFundMe page set up since he was diagnosed, and now musicians are releasing exclusive tracks in an effort to encourage more people to donate.
Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Real Estate, the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Lou Barlow, and more are all contributing previously unreleased songs for the cause. Joyful Noise Records pressed one copy of each of the songs to vinyl, and each one is up for auction on eBay with all proceeds going to Fekete’s treatment. If you donate $10 or more via GoFundMe, you’ll get all of the tracks digitally.
Here’s a breakdown of the tracks available:
Guided By Voices – “Motor Away” (live)
Recorded live 6/24/94 at Threadwaxing Space, New York City on “The Insects of Rock” tour.
Yo La Tengo – “Can’t Forget” (live)
Recorded 8/28/15 at WorldCafe Live, courtesy of WXPN, Philadelphia. Yo La Tengo appears courtesy of Matador Records.
Cults – “Hurting”
An out-take from Cults’ 2013 album Static.
Real Estate – “Talking Backwards” (demo)
This was recorded in Real Estate’s practice space in Bushwick in the summer of 2013. Courtesy Domino Records.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Between These Boys” (demo)
Lou Barlow – “Sunshine / Money / Thirsty”
Three previously-unreleased tracks.
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – “Rainbows In Gasoline” (unreleased version)
Recorded in 2009 with early line-up of The GOASTT (Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Mark Ronson), recorded & mixed by Mark Ronson.
Nick Diamonds (from Islands) – “Be A Comedian”
Recorded spontaneously on September 2nd, 2015.
Julianna Barwick – “Promise”
Recorded in 2012.
Alex Somers – “Well”
Recorded in Iceland in 2015.
The Drums – “Help Him”
2012 unreleased demo.
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – “F Train”
Demo version of “Tao of the Dead Part II”.
Surfer Blood – “Tidal Wave” (demo)
Brand new song recorded last week!
There are also several autographed items up for auction from Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen. Those are all available here.