Luz de Vida is a compilation album of music from artists both in Tucson and affiliated with Tucson. All proceeds from the sale of Luz de Vida will go to the Tucson Together Fund, the only officially sanctioned fund established to assist victims, families, and witnesses of the January 8th tragedy.
Luz de Vida – Spanish for Light of Life – is an expression of community, love, healing, grace and hope, a positive response from Tucson musicians and national artists who have a special bond with Tucson. Luz de Vida will be available in two formats: as a 37-track digital album and a special limited-edition 12-song vinyl release, with exclusively Tucson bands.
Included are songs written as a direct response, like Giant Sand’s “Recovery Mission,” in which the elder ambassador of desert rock Howe Gelb sings of the city’s tears and “collective heart.” The compilation also features “The Oasis” from the late, legendary blues guitarist Rainer.
Calexico, whose longtime friendship with Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly has resulted in the band’s music being played aboard the International Space Station, contributes the unreleased “Absent Afternoon.” Songs from Calexico collaborators Salvador Duran and Mariachi Luz de Luna reflect the city’s Hispanic tradition.
Tucson friends Robyn Hitchcock, John Vanderslice, Spoon, Neko Case, Meat Puppets, Jimmy Eat World, Ozomatli, Visqueen’s Rachel Flotard & Jon Rauhouse, Mark Growden and Chuck Prophet all contribute songs.
Fort Lowell Records artists Tracy Shedd and Dead Western Plains recorded exclusive follow-ups to their acclaimed 7inch records.
On the heels of their stunning 2011 debut album, Tucson’s Lenguas Largas returns with a special new track. The upstart R&B Kiss & The Tells make their recorded debut on Luz de Vida. Indie rockers Holy Rolling Empire and La Cerca explore new directions. And exclusive to the 12inch vinyl is a live recording of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” from Chango Malo.
Luz de Vida is compiled by Music Against Violence, a coalition of Tucson writers, recording engineers, and venue operators.
released October 18, 2011
Fort Lowell Records
The project began in the days after the January 8th shootings, as not only a way to create a positive response from Tucson’s musical community, but to provide aid and comfort to the victims and their families. Music Against Violence, a coalition of Tucson writers, recording engineers, and venue operators, is the entity guiding the Luz de Vida project. The group includes recording engineers Nathan Sabatino and Thomas Beach of Loveland Recording Studio, music journalist and former Giffords for Congress communications director Eric Swedlund, Tucson Weekly music editor Stephen Seigel, Rialto Theatre general manager Curtis McCrary, Ryan Trayte, the theater’s marketing and design manager, and James Tritten, who will be making the digital and vinyl record releases of Luz de Vida available through his Tucson based record label Fort Lowell Records. Jim Blackwood from AZPM Mastering will be mastering the overall compilation, while JJ Golden from Golden Mastering will be focusing on the vinyl and cutting the lacquers.
ARTISTS: Taraf de Tucson, Dead Western Plains, Sweet Secrets, John Vanderslice, Rachel Flotard & Jon Rauhouse, Kiss & The Tells, El Depravos, Rainer, Reno Del Mar, Robyn Hitchcock, Ozomatli, Mariachi Luz de Luna, Sunday Afternoon, Giant Sand, Al Perry, Brian Lopez, Chango Malo, Meat Puppets, Jimmy Eat World, HAIRSPRAYFIREANDGIRLS, Tracy Shedd, Spoon, Seashell Radio, Calexico, Neko Case, Mark Growden, Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta, DeVotchKa, Lenguas Largas, Golden Boots, Silverbell, Rich Hopkins, Holy Rolling Empire, Tom Walbank, Silver Threat Trio, Salvador Duran
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