Thursday, August 6, 2009

Musicians Lend Voices to Aid Animals

My Morning Jacket front man Jim James and the band Modest Mouse have used their talents to help animals.

James on Tuesday released a solo album of George Harrison covers he had recorded shortly after the Beatles legend died in 2001. The impetus for the project's release after all these years was Jenny Brown, co-founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York. Both natives of Louisville, Ky., Brown had asked James to hold a benefit concert for the sanctuary. James had remembered his Harrison recordings and thought they would be a good tie-in for the refuge.
"He was the kind of guy who always put the bug outside," [Harrison's widow, Olivia,] said in a telephone interview from England. "He never stomped on an ant or a spider."
He was also a vegetarian, as is James. Brown is a vegan.

The recording, which James released under the name Yim Yames, can be purchased here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Heath Ledger teams with Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse on Tuesday released the much-anticipated music video for its song "King Rat." Directed by actor Heath Ledger, who died in 2008, it features an anti-whaling message.

According to the band's MySpace page, "[p]roceeds from iTunes video downloads in the first month of release will go toward Sea Shepherd Conservation Society." [Link mine]

Check out Stephanie Ernst's post about the video at her "Animal Rights" blog on And watch the video here.

(Photo of Jim James courtesy of
(Image of "King Rat" cover courtesy of

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