If you aren't aware of Waxploitation's continued involvement in helping spread awareness about the crisis in Darfur by now, you must be living several feet beneath a heavy rock. Since 2004, the label has held auctions and curated compilations to benefit non-profit organizations sending aid to those affected by the crisis.
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In summer 2001, a little-known collective in Los Angeles named dublab released its first compilation, a disc entitled Freeways that showcased some of the city's most creative musical personalities making downtempo, avant-jazz, and leftfield hip-hop.
Fast-forward to 2007, and one could hardly say dublab is just a collective. The company has curated art exhibitions, film productions, numerous events, and hosts a heavily-visited website that offers audio streams and podcasts from a range of different musical styles.
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Indie acts just can't stop doing good. If they're not making charity lunch boxes for the Lunchbox Auction and Christmas ornaments for Glass Caster’s Union they're headlining toy drives hosted by the Los Angeles Fire Department. The latter is exactly what Pinback, Sea Wolf, and Norwegian electro outfit Datarock will be up to on December 5, at the Bands in Toyland show at L.A.'s Avalon venue. Read more »
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