Various Artists

With a Bow: A Benefit for Disaster Relief in Japan

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With a Bow benefits the Red Cross' relief efforts in earthquake and tsnami-stricken Japan, and its selections would benefit any fan. Each artist respectfully contributes excellent, instead of stray/spare/unremarkable, cuts. The Church's Steve Kilbey (with Brian Jonestown Massacre's Ricky Maymi) and a Moore Brothers' Big Star-like offering are particularly striking. But c'mon -- Kristin Hersh on evocative piano (along with songs by her bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave)? Wild Swans, Paula Frazer and Tarnation, Barbara Manning, Factory Star, Matt Piucci, and Steven Roback from Rain Parade, and Mr. Mekon, Jon Langford, etc.? Buy, buy, buy.

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