National Endowment For The Brents: A Benefit Album


Are you a kind-hearted soul who loves helping others, but you’re paralyzed with fear at the thought of leaving your computer? I know the feeling, but I think I have something today that will satisfy your desire to do good without causing you a nervous breakdown. It’s a benefit album put together by a collection of Chicago and Los Angeles musicians to help Brent Puls (Bumpus, Grammar) pay some medical bills after undergoing a bunch of surgeries. The lineup they’ve put together is really good. For a $10 donation (you can always give more), you get a 19-track album featuring Joe Pug, Rachael Yamagata, Wilco’s Pat Sansone, Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under, Suburgatory), James Johnston, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, and many more.

Ten bucks for 19 songs really isn’t much. Especially when you can’t necessarily get these songs anywhere else. Yamagata donated a demo version of her song “Fish.” I looked-it isn’t anywhere else. And if you’re a fan of Chicago funk band Bumpus, you’re in for a treat. On top of Yamagata’s song, Bumpus donated one of their own tunes. Plus, members James Johnston and Tina Howell both have solo songs featured.

You can listen to the songs on Bandcamp before you purchase. I definitely recommend doing that, because I can’t see you doing anything but buying it after you hear all the great songs the creators included.