Toyota and UO released a similar compilation last year that was available in the retailer's stores, and the two have been otherwise promoting the cause since 2007 with free in-store shows, SXSW parties and fundraising drives. No word on their involvement in this year's fest in Austin.
Besides the apparent commitment of the two brands, this year's "Free Yr Radio 2008 Benefit Compilation" -- which will be sold for a 99¢ through InSound, one of P*Fork's affiliates -- features a nearly-unassailable selection of bands that's likely to quiet many critics.
- !!! - Must Be The Moon (Live at KEXP)
- Chairlift - At My Side
- Yeasayer - Final Path (Daytrotter Sessions)
- White Williams - Blue Steel
- Dan Deacon - Cave Birth
- No Age - Padded Chair
- Mudhoney - The Lucky Ones (Live)
- King Khan & Saba Lou - Past and Gone
- The Secret Machines - The Walls Are Starting To Crack (Live at KEXP)
- The Walkmen - In The New Year (Live)
- Tokyo Police Club - Your English Is Good (K-Os Remix)
- Jamie Lidell - Rope of Sand (Live at Austin City Limits)
The album, which drops January 27, also comes at just about the right time: last week, Los Angeles' Indie 103.1, an independent (yet commercial) station dedicated to nearly every rock genre not normally allowed on corporate radio, went off the air. Despite some grumblings about how the station had recently gone more mainstream, it was still widely regarded as a seminal event across the music blogs, and even traditional outlets like Rolling Stone were left mourning its demise.
Curiously, SFS' favorite indie radio station and one of the country's most prominent, WFMU, is not involved in the charity album. This is most likely due to the station's policy against corporate funding, but we're hoping to hear back from them on whether that's indeed the case.