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Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Halloween Finally Gets Its Own Benefit Song

Following in the footsteps of Live Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?", the indie community has gathered 'round and recorded, yes, a benefit song devoted to the prevention initiative of Halloween. The charity collaboration of "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en" is being used to raise money for UNICEF and features contributions from an array of artists that include:

Arcade Fire's Win & Regine
Buck 65
David Cross
Devendra Banhart
Liane Balaban (Dessert)
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Gino Washington
Syd Butler (Les Savy Fav)
J'aime (Island)
Malcom McLaren (Sex Pistols)
Nardwuar The Human Serviette
Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel / Postal Service)
Steven McDonald (Redd Kross)
Joey Waronker (Walt Mink/Beck/R.E.M.)
Jenny Lewis & Blake Sennet (Rilo Kiley)
Roky Erickson (13th Floor Elevators)
Chris Murphy (Sloan)
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
Russell Mael (Sparks)
Stevo (Sum 41)
Tagaq (Throat Singer, Bjork collaborator)
Anna Waronker (That Dog)
Dan & Spencer (Wolf Parade)
Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeah's)

The single is scheduled for release on Tuesday, October 11th, but you can already stream a lo-fi version of the track over at Vice Records' website. If you transfer it over to your iPod, be sure to tag the genre as "WTF, but I'll still listen anyway because The Arcade Fire are on it".

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