06:50 AM on 04/05/11
The link is blocked at school. What does it say?
06:52 AM on 04/05/11
Helping Everyone Live LongerFour years ago today, a good friend of mine by the name of Gordon Riker was killed while riding his bike down Huntington Ave in Boston. Gordon was a classmate of mine from MassArt, a friend, a fellow designer, and someone who I really respected artistically. Gordon would have turned 23 a few weeks later.
Approximately a month after Gordon passed away, a young woman named Kelly Wallace was killed while riding her bike at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Harvard Ave in Boston. Gordon and Kelly had been friends and soon after his death she had begged people to be careful when riding. Kelly had “wishful thinking” tattooed on her arms and had been described as someone who got along with everyone. I didn’t know Kelly, but we share many friends and I feel like I would have liked her if I had.
It was quite the shock that two deaths like this happened so close to each other in the same city within the same circle of friends. Immediately afterwards, there were a slew of tribute concerts, fundraisers, and ghosts bikes to honor Gordon and Kelly. Also, a few friends of Kelly’s decided start up a non-profit organization titled H.E.L.L. (Helping Everyone Live Longer). While it raises awareness of bike safety, H.E.L.L.’s main goal is give out free helmets with the proceeds they receive. In it’s highly successful first year, H.E.L.L. gave out over 300 helmets to folks throughout the world. H.E.L.L. shut down in Summer 2008, and was left with an uncertain future…
In late 2009, Andrew Murray restarted H.E.L.L. with the permission of those who originally ran it. Andrew narrowed the focus of H.E.L.L. to the Boston-area in order to play a greater role in the local community. They still hand out bike helmets, and also sponsor and organize cycling-advocating events in the Boston area.
Last April I moved to Burlington, VT. Soon after getting here, I got involved in the local music scene and started a DIY record label called Get Stoked! Records with two friends of mine, Michael Wierzbicki and Matt Kimball. All we wanted to accomplish was to try to help friends of ours put out some awesome music for others to hear.
I’m very excited to announce a project that we’ve been working on for the past 6 months. Get Stoked! Records will be releasing “One H.E.L.L. of a Compilation”, a collection of music from friends of Gordon and Kelly, bands they liked, as well as people that may have known someone else who got into a bike accident or just want to support H.E.L.L.’s mission. The compilation is really diverse and is from musicians from all over including Boston, other parts of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Florida, and New York. A bunch of songs on the comp will be exclusive, new, and rare songs.
The compilation will be released on CD and hopefully a very limited run on vinyl (most likely it’ll be a 2 or 3 LP set). Not only is it a collaborative music project, but there are also 10+ artists that are contributing artwork that will be included in the insert along with bike safety information.
There isn’t a release date at the moment. We’re still waiting on some bands to submit music and are working on the artwork. We hope to start pre-sales sometime in the next few months. In the meantime, here’s a list of some of the confirmed bands. There are more bands to come!
The single asterix (*) is for bands that are submitting rare songs. The double asterix (**) is for bands that are submitting new and exclusive songs. ALL profits will be going to H.E.L.L. to help buy more helmets, lights, and to work on bike safety programs. Get Stoked! Records will not be making any money off of this beyond paying off what it cost us to put out. A Loss for Words Actor | Observer ** Attica! Attica! (ex-Marathon/De La Hoya) ** Autochrome ** Bike to the Future Born Without Bones Brian Marquis (formerly of Therefore I Am) ** Converge * The Credentials Darkwoods * DJ Flack The First Annual ** (ex-Guns Up!) Fly Upright Kite ** Form & File ** Four Year Strong * Freezepop * Ghost Robot Ninja Bear ** (ex-Nakatomi Plaza/De La Hoya) Ghost Thrower (ex-Therefore I Am) ** Giant Target ** Jason Anderson ** Late Nite Wars Lie Captive (from Plattsburgh, NY) * Life & Limb ** Luau Lucy Grace Our Lives (members of Vanna, Always & Forever, Seeker Destroyer) Paint it Black * Peter Long ** Powerwolves ** Roadrage ** Ten Thirty Nine ** Therefore I Am Think Again The Tower and The Fool (ex-Therefore I Am, ex-Hot Rod Circuit)
Transit Stand Accused Unrestrained (from Vermont) Vanna ** Villain Wolf Whistle Wrong Body ** yellowbirddd (ex-Fly Upright Kite) ** Young Victorians (ex-Lucy Grace)
Keep an eye on this site for updates on this project. Please tell your friends. If you’re in a band or are an artist that would like to contribute, feel free to get in touch at GetStokedRecordsVT at gmail dot com. I can’t promise anything but there may be room for more contributions. I will know more over the next month as everything comes together.
06:55 AM on 04/05/11
A rare Paint It Black song. That makes me excited
06:57 AM on 04/05/11
So awesome. Kelly was a friend of mine. It was such a shock but we were glad something positive like HELL could come out of these two tragedies. I was bummed when HELL had to take a hiatus a few years ago, so glad that things are back up.
06:58 AM on 04/05/11
So stoked for this will be buying. Great cause.
06:59 AM on 04/05/11
Nice lineup. I am getting stoked on this.
07:17 AM on 04/05/11
Your girl's favorite pizza boy
07:21 AM on 04/05/11
Great compilation. Definitely picking up.
07:30 AM on 04/05/11
Only one I would really want is FYS, seeing as Transit and AL4W are not rare or new songs
07:32 AM on 04/05/11
Late Nite Wars' song will be exclusive to this wonderful compilation as well.
07:35 AM on 04/05/11
Such a great list of bands. My brother has been working very hard on putting together this release.... really glad it's coming together so well
07:41 AM on 04/05/11
Erik, sorry about that ! I'll update the list to show you guys are doing an exclusive song.
07:47 AM on 04/05/11
I've heard the Form & File and Life & Limb songs live, and they are awesome. Really excited to hear all the songs bands are putting together