Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Madrid and Haiti

This is the lamest post ever, among many, many lame posts on this blog. I wanted to update My Aimz is True tonight, but I don't have anything important, or even mildly interesting, to say. Too much bad shit is going on right now.

Below is my favorite song about an earthquake. Its actually the only earthquake song that I know of. Let me know if you know of any others.

Uncle Tupelo - New Madrid.mp3

And here's another excellent version of it by Jeff Tweedy and the late Jay Bennett.

New Madrid.mp3
From: Old Town Music School Fest, Chicago, IL, USA, July 25, 1999

The song "New Madrid" is about the New Madrid seismic zone in southern Missouri, and if it ever moves like the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault that demolished Port-au-Prince, the entire central US is fucked.

One more track here about Haiti. Régine Chassagne of the Arcade Fire is of Haitian descent. Her parents immigrated to Canada in the 1970s to escape the totalitarian reign of then "president for life" Jean-Paul Duvalier.

Arcade Fire - Haiti.mp3

Lots of great humanitarian organizations are helping the relief effort in Haiti. I just donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Others are donating to the Red Cross, OXFAM, and Google Crisis Response has a page of information on how you can help.


Truersound said...

Another great earthquake song = Mississippi River Running Backwards by Tom Russell. About the same area conincidentally

Anonymous said...

Doctors w/ out Borders were there
before any of the other major relief agencies were ..
I gave to them earlier today and then saw your post ..
“Bradgelina” chipped in a cool $1 mil, too …

T-Bomb said...

"Sin City" by the Flying Burrito Brothers is a great tune..."This old earthquake's gonna leave me in the poorhouse"