Press Release:’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’s RAINN benefit album

To celebrate 15 years of sharing great music in July, has partnered with for a fundraising campaign and digital benefit album of music, poetry and art. 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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Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman Join Muruch’s RAINN Benefit

I’m so excited and honored to add Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman to Muruch’s RAINN Benefit Album tracklist!

Gaiman’s Sandman comics helped me through a dark time 15 years ago, around the time I first started sharing music on Muruch. And longtime readers are well aware of my obsessive love for Amanda Palmer’s band The Dresden Dolls, whose image and lyrics were once part of Muruch’s layout.

Our growing list of contributors also includes Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Hannah Fury, Elysian Fields and Heidi Saperstein. My first release as producer/curator is going to be my new favorite album and help a very dear, very worthy cause. The album’s liner notes will also include some incredible artwork by Amber Ortolano.

We’re still accepting images, spoken word poetry and music submissions until June 15th. See the benefit post for details.

Call for Music, Poetry & Art Submissions for RAINN Benefit Album

Submissions are now closed & the album press release is up.

Muruch is curating a nonprofit, digital album of music, spoken word poetry and art to benefit RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network organization and National Sexual Assault helpline founded by singer Tori Amos.

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Eljuri: En Paz

I had not even heard of Eljuri until her CD En Paz – set for release May 20th – arrived unexpectedly in the mail last week. I’m guessing from the liner notes that the band was given my name by Johnette Napolitano‘s management. Johnette sings on one of the album’s songs and the entire album is very reflective of her affection for flamenco music. Eljuri is Ecuadorian singer-songwriter and guitarist Cecilia Villar Eljuri. The music on En Paz (Spanish for “In Peace”) blends Latin rhythms with rock riffs and light electronic beats.

The opener “El Aire” has a mellow Latin Reggae vibe. “En Un Sueño” is a cover of a song originally written and released by Eljuri’s mother, composer Olga Eljuri de Villar, in Ecuador during the 1960’s. The album also includes Olga’s original version as a bonus track.

Unfortunately, the strength and beauty of Cecilia’s voice is sometimes lost amidst the production of certain tracks – such as “En Paz”, which would be a much more poignant song if the vocals were given more of the spotlight. But overall, the album does well to modernize the rhythms of its Latin roots with electro-rock embellishments.

The stand out track is “Jaula”, a sensual flamenco tune featuring vocals by former Concrete Blonde frontwoman Johnette Napolitano.

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