Occupy Wall Street gets a soundtrack — ‘Occupy This Album’ 

You knew it was coming. You could feel it in the civil-disobedience wind.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has now launched an actual benefit album, curated by musician Jason Samel, and set for initial digital release this winter, with a physical version to hopefully follow soon after. And it’s titled (of course) “Occupy This Album,” in honor of the OWS group, recently evicted from its base camp in lower Manhattan. And Yes, Tom Morello, Pete Seeger, David Crosby and Graham Nash have all recently performed at the Zuccotti Park site in solidarity with the Occupy folks. But the album is different.

It will feature top-flight artists like Lucinda Williams, Ladytron, Toots and the Maytals, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Yo La Tengo. But it will include new singles specifically inspired by the movement, like Third Eye Blind’s new “If There Ever Was A Time.” Even Michael Moore recorded a charity track. The proceeds will be split between the main New York group (with several hundred thousand dollars to its war-chest credit already) and other OWS groups that apply for grants.

There is also a new website, an online resource for artists and producers to volunteer their talents in support. It’s already gotten contributions from Lou Reed, Thurston Moore, Ian MacKaye and Laurie Anderson.

Beats a drum circle, donnit?

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