Don’t we all love bad compilations made for charities? We know they won’t sell anything, so they won’t make any money for the charity, and we don’t want to pay anything for them, because…well…they suck. But it makes us feel guilty. Fortunately, here’s one compilation you don’t have to avoid like the plague (which plague, though?) Face The Change: Volume One is a compilation of many of the best unsigned artists in indie rock, and it spans the rainbow from electronic to pop/punk to hardcore rock – oh, and it’s free. Plus the money you have the option of donating (please do) goes “to defend the plight of exploited people worldwide who have gone faceless and unknown for far too long.” Ambiguous? Yes. Worthwhile? Yes. And it was started by Stephen Christian of Anberlin.
Highlights: the broadway-rock of The Dear Hunter on “Smiling Swine,” the awesome pop/punk of The Sequence on “All In,” Lido Beach’s pop/rock number “The Open Air Is Calling,” sure to impress nature-lovers, and Peachcake’s calm electronica. Avoid: Richard The Lion-Hearted’s annoying acoustic “Won’t Search The City,” Tiefighter’s screaming (though they have a great name – coming from a Star Wars fan), the horrible Paramore rip-off of VersaEmerge’s “The Authors,” and the puzzling and untalented underproduced indie “Kansas City Shuffled” by Men Without Wax.
For feeling charitable, checking out some unsigned artists that could be huge in the future, playing Madden ’09. Try “The Movie Song” by Emery, “Smiling Swine” by The Dear Hunter, and “Cough Syrup” by The Jakes. Download the whole album and donate money to the charity here.