Eddie Vedder, The Strokes, Conor Oberst and many more musicians have teamed up for a compilation album to benefit the homeless youth organization Outside In.
The album, titled Live From Nowhere Near You, Vol. II, is a three-disc compilation album that features over three hours of music, rare and exclusive tracks, and a booklet with track information and stories. One hundred percent of the profits will be donated to the Portland-based charity, which provides aid and counseling to homeless youth.
One track on the album features Josh Homme, Eddie Vedder, and The Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti and Julian Casablancas covering Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me.” Head over to AntiQuiet to listen to the track, and to see a complete listing of the artists on the album, which includes Modest Mouse, The Shins, Elliott Smith, Woodie Guthrie and more.
Live From Nowhere Near You was compiled by Kevin Moyer, who collaborated with street musicians, friends and music professionals, to tell a story of the journey of life on the streets. The songs were recorded in his attic and basement studios, donated spaces, live on the street and in alleyways or under bridges.
Volume I was released back in 2003. Moyer explained the idea behind the compilation in a statement:
“I was outside a venue after a show waiting on friends and sat down with an amazing street musician. He was better than the band we had just seen and all of these ‘music fans’ were leaving the show with their $20 t-shirt merch purchases tucked under their arms and not paying any attention to this guy playing at their feet for free. It made me wonder if these people were consuming music with their eyes, brains, or EARS and how people would react to hearing something and not knowing the source, not having skewed perception or social stigmas influencing them
like, would a Keith Richards guitar riff be perceived as garbage if a guy on the street was playing it asking for a dollar? What about other way around, if Keith was up on stage next to a dancing Jagger playing the song written by the shoeless guy I was sitting and sharing a smoke with? I decided to see what would happen if I combined the two, telling a story through the music and giving profits to homeless and street youth programs.”
Live From Nowhere Near You, Vol. II is set to release July 19. You can pre-order the album via Greyday Records.