Muruch.com’s RAINN Benefit Album & Fundraising Campaign Official Launch!

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Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album & fundraising campaign officially launches today! Donate $10 (or more) at Muruch.com’s RAINN.org fundraising page to receive your free digital edition of Muruch.com for RAINN. This magnificent 25-track album features:

Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, My Brightest Diamond, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Meursault, Elysian Fields, Pamela Means, Fisher, Catie Curtis, Anielle Reid, Heidi Saperstein, Hannah Fury and poets Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor, V. C. McCabe and Clementine von Radics.


Cover Art by Muruch, Image ©Kate Zambrano

The album also includes a beautifully illustrated 40-page PDF liner notes booklet featuring the striking visual art of Sandman illustrator Dave McKean, Kate Zambrano, Mandy Tsung, Amber Ortalano, Mark Demsteader and Anna Dittman.

Great music and art for the greatest cause! You can read more about the songs and poems in the Press Release and Muruch.com’s RAINN fundraising page.



Video courtesy of Button Poetry

15 Years of Muruch!

Muruch is now a surly teenager. While the original site was created in 1999, it was in July, 2000 that I began posting “Muruch mp3s” to share new music with friends. If you’re interested in the site’s convoluted history, you can read the saga on the About page. We have a lot of things planned to celebrate Muruch‘s 15th anniversary – starting with today’s official launch of the Muruch.com for RAINN fundraising campaign and benefit album. And, of course, Muruch wouldn’t be Muruch without plenty of Allison Crowe…



Press Release: Muruch.com’s RAINN Benefit Album (Johnette Napolitano, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Poe, Flogging Molly, My Brightest Diamond & more!)

Johnette Napolitano, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Poe, Flogging Molly and My Brightest Diamond among artists on Muruch.com’s RAINN benefit album

To celebrate 15 years of sharing great music in July, Muruch.com has partnered with RAINN.org for a fundraising campaign and digital benefit album of music, poetry and art. Muruch.com for RAINN features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, My Brightest Diamond, Poe, The Mynabirds, Celtic Punk band Flogging Molly, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, YouTube sensation Kevin Kantor and Ted Talker Crystal Good among many other talented musicians, poets and visual artists.


Cover Art by Muruch, Image ©Kate Zambrano

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Pamela Means: “The Color of His Skin” Video

Pamela Means has been one of my favorite, most respected songwriters and musicians for over a decade. The unflinching honesty of her lyrical poetry is matched by the striking skill of her guitar playing once again in her tribute to Freddie Gray, “The Color of His Skin.”

Pamela Means Official Site

Allison Crowe: Sylvan Hour (Album Review & Mp3)

Recorded live in a log-cabin in the Canadian wilderness during a cross-country journey, Allison Crowe’s new album, Sylvan Hour, may be her best yet. The private, one-hour performance at a friend’s home in 2006 includes raw, solo takes of songs that would be re-recorded in group sessions for This Little Bird. The recording was lost for nearly a decade and was rediscovered this winter. What a find it was! Allison’s extraordinary voice is in its purest state accompanied only by guitar and piano.



From the opening cover of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Darling, Be Home Soon” to originals like “Effortless” and the fierce rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” Allison’s vocal prowess and control is on astonishing display.

Among the album’s many standout tracks are “Phoenix,” “These Words” and “Skeletons & Spirits.” These “stripped down” versions are even more powerful and clear than their This Little Bird counterparts.

Allison’s supernaturally agile and exquisite voice is especially stunning, even shocking, as she bends and stretches every note in the haunting, truly chill-producing ballad “Silence.” You can stream and download a free, legal mp3 of the song via the Soundcloud widget below.

The music seems to rise from deep with her chest, sometimes ripping out of her throat in full roar, other times being restrained and shaped with the skill of a master sculptor. Sylvan Hour is truly a masterpiece.



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