Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti

by Amber on August 19, 2010

Compilations are often a hit or miss (unless they’re from Putumayo Kids), but Many Hands really did this right.

Not only is the sale of this CD going to benefit families in Haiti effected by the devastating earthquake (which makes it a good call from that stand point alone), but Dean Jones and Bill Childs who organized the project seem to have sent out a call to every big name in the family music business asking them to help out… and they all showed up!

I can’t say anything bad about a compilation CD that includes so many of my favorite artists, like Recess Monkey (can they do anything wrong?), Caspar Babypants (I’ve only just started getting into Caspar), Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem (playing an earthy version of Here We Go, Zudio), They Might Be Giants (their Kingof Socks song made me laugh out loud when I first heard it), and maybe last but never to be least Gustafer Yellowgold (singing a song about penguins and making me wonder if there is any accompanying animation).

All I can say is that you will want to give this CD a listen, even if only to catch those new songs by your favorite artists. Of course you may also find new favorite music along the way.

And for those of you in or around Somerville, Arts at the Armory is hosting a Many Hands concert this Saturday at 1pm! They’ll be featuring performances by Dog on Fleas, The Deedle Deedle Dees, Lunch Money, and Randy Kaplan, all contributing artists on the CD. Sounds like a not-to-be-missed show!

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