LA Musicians to Release ‘Beat LA’ Double LP 11/25 to Help Victims of Haiti Quake





Narnack Records and Greatminds are pleased to announce the release of the limited edition double vinyl LP compliation. Available on Record Store Day, November 25, 2011, Beat LA is a collection of songs from today’s Los Angeles-based artists such as Crystal Antlers, No Age, Bobb Bruno from Best Coast and more, revisiting tracks from previous LA bands whose influence has helped shape the past, present and future of the LA sound.

On Tuesday January 12th 2010 the world was rocked by news of a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. It killed a staggering 230,000 people, injured a further 300,000, and left 1 million without homes. After seeing the shocking footage of the aftermath on the news, like many, Narnack Records founder Shahin Ewalt with Toddrick Spalding and Angel Mendoza of Greatminds Records were inspired to help the victims of the quake.

Self-confessed music nerds and stalwarts of the Los Angeles music scene, the trio began making calls to their friends. The result is Beat LA, a collection covers by current LA artists featuring songs written by alternative, punk and rock musicians of the past that helped define the LA-sound. “We’ve managed to pull together an amazing cross section of underground music in Los Angeles and are excited that this compilation will be a true document of our music scene,” says Spalding.

Classic songs from the likes of Wall of Voodoo, X, The Germs and Gun Club have been covered by an eclectic selection of contemporary artists who call Los Angeles their home, including experimental electronic geekmaster Boom Bip, folk rocker Imaad Wasif, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and indie rock / noise pop duo No Age, among many others. All songs were donated by the artists. Proceeds from the compilation benefit Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), one of the leading relief organizations working in Haiti.


Beat LA was curated by Toddrick Spalding, Angel Mendoza, and Shahin Ewalt. Liner notes have been written by LA punk legend Geza X. “LA had a FANTASTIC underground scene for a few years, say 1977 to 1982. It never got properly documented but it was huge and it was fun. These songs were part of the soundtrack of my life back then,” says Geza X. “But there is more to it. This is a healing project too…This album is one of many goodwill gestures people have come up with to help out. The political problems of the Western Hemisphere may be too much to tackle as individuals. But human problems sometimes wake the world up to the need to pull together and do something. I invite you to enjoy this great album and remember the good we can do if we all pitch in, even if all we can do is a little.”


Beat LA / Track List:

01. Jarrett Silberman “I Hear Your Heart Singing” (Gun Club)

02. Rats “The Unheard Music” (X)

03. Modern Memory “Brave Captain” (fIREHOSE)

04. Brother Reade “Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Truth?” (Minutemen)

05. Imaad Wasif “Go Insane” (Doors)

06. Bobb Bruno “Scratch Out The Sky” (Distorted Pony)

07. Slang Chickens “Romeo’s Distress” (Christian Death)

08. The Dylan Trees “Topanga” (Kathy Smith)

09. Nathaniel Eras “Gidget Goes To Hell” (Suburban Lawns)

10. Boom Bip w/ Buck 65 “Lost Weekend” (Wall of Voodoo)

11. Microphonies “We Got The Beat” (The Go-Gos)

12. Devon Williams “Yellow Pills” (20/20)

13. Josh Klinghoffer “Anymore” (Thelonius Monster)

14. Crystal Antlers “I Slept In An Arcade” (Black Randy & Metrosquad)

15. No Age “Male Masturbation” (Urinals)

16. Nonon “White Girl” (X)

17. Signals “Richie Dagger’s Crime” (Germs)

18. Lords of Altamont “Knock Knock” (The Humane Society)

19. Night Horse “Lie Beg Borrow and Steal” (Plimsouls)

20. Angus Khan “Rock Fight” (Cheech & Chong)

21. Anglos “Days of Wine and Roses” (Dream Syndicate)

22. Lucky Dragons “Alien Point of View” (Nervous Gender)

About Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 70 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.


Following the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, MSF scaled up its existing medical programs in the country, providing surgery for 16,500 wounded patients, postoperative care, emergency obstetrics, essential non-food item distribution, water and sanitation, mental health support, and primary and secondary care. From October 2010 through April 2011, MSF treated 135,000 Haitians for cholera in the largest response to the disease in the organization’s history. MSF continues to run hospitals, providing obstetric services, post-operative care, trauma surgery, and the nation’s only burn unit.


About Narnack Records

Founded in 2002, Narnack is an independent label that grew organically out of Brooklyn’s underground music scene. It rapidly garnered a reputation for its ability to get new acts on track (Coachwhips, Langhorne Slim, Thee Ohsees, Iran, Restavrant), and is also known for its work with iconic artists such as The Fall on ‘The Real New Fall LP’ ,’Fall Heads Roll’&’Reformation: Post T.L.C,’  the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry on ‘Panic In Babylon’, Guitar Wolf, and The Slits with the album, ‘Trapped Animal’. Narnack Records relocated its HQ from New York to Los Angeles in 2006. Two years later the label received it first a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album, thanks to a collaboration with producer Andrew W.K. on Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Narnack Records-released albumRepentance.


About Greatminds Records

Greatminds is a small Los Angeles based independent record label founded by longtime friends and music supervisors, Angel Mendoza and Toddrick Spalding. The duo were formerly partners at Number 3 Records, where they released albums by Crystal Skulls, Brother Reade, Frausdots, and Geisha Girls. Both Angel and Toddrick were born and raised in LA, and met when they shared a ride with a mutual friend to an Avail concert in 1994. They became fast friends and many mixtapes were passed back and forth in the years that followed. Angel worked as a photographer and collaborator for the magazine Stop Breathing from 1995 until 2000. Toddrick moved to Chicago in1999 and founded and performed in indie rock band The Detachment Kit, before returning to Los Angeles in 2002. The upcoming BEAT LA compilation is a product of the duo’s love for their home city and it’s storied musical history.




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