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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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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Elsewhere: Johnette Napolitano Interview

There’s a new art-centric interview with Johnette Napolitano posted at My Dreams Gave Me Away. If you haven’t read the blog before, it’s written by very good friend of mine. She posts music, art, and occasionally her own personal writing. If you like her blog header, I made it. If you don’t, nevermind. And if you missed my interview with Johnette the first time around, you can read it here.