While the album (and track) is available on CD ($14.98), only Amoeba.com includes the download of the We Are Scientists track, which comes on the limited edition CD. The entire album download is $9.98 on MP3, and also available on either ALAC or WAV file (that’s fancier fidelity, for non-audiophiles) — as opposed to $11.98 on iTunes in MP3 only, and without that bonus track. The sale is limited, so if you’re thinking about picking it up, do it soon!
The album is a two-disc set featuring songs from The Civil Wars, Umphrey’s McGee, Delta Spirit as well as a score of unsigned artists recorded live at college radio stations around the country. Proceeds from the album go toward the College Radio Defense Fund, putting money toward things like new equipment, repairing existing equipment, supporting promotional events and other much-needed help.
|We Are Scientists|
As a former college radio DJ at UC San Diego’s KSDT, I’m perhaps biased, but this is a great way to support college radio and the many little-heard performances that take place on its airwaves every day. The more well-known acts appear, such as We Are Scientists (whose acoustic performance of “After Hours” was recorded for WXAV FM at Saint Xavier University), alongside unsigned acts like Siren, whose excellent indie-electronica track “Flying Words” opens the album and doesn’t even sound live, it’s so smoothly recorded. From the Sundays-style folk of Paper Aeroplanes, to the heavy blues of 61 North, to the twisted vaudville of Qiet, there’s a great variety on display from the up-and-coming acts on the first disc.
|Coldplay's Jonny Buckland and Chris Martin with Dr. Rob Quicke (from The West Milford Messenger|
The album was released Oct. 2 as part of College Radio Day, founded by Dr. Rob Quicke, assistant professor of communication at William Patterson University and general manger of student station WPSC FM. On Oct. 2 more than 500 college and high school radio stations in 21 countries took part in a 24-hour marathon to celebrate College Radio Day, kicked off with a recorded message from Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Read more about College Radio day here.
This is just part of what the new Amoeba.com offers. One of the coolest things I’m excited about is Amoeba’s Vinyl Vaults, in which rare vinyl and 78 recordings have been digitized and can be purchased exclusively on Amoeba.com. We’ll be adding to it all the time, as well as to our regular downloads. Check out some of the rarities available now here.