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Lives Through Magic is a positive document of DIY spirit all over the world

The impressive compilation, which benefits victims of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, features Owen Pallett, Daphni, Pantha Du Prince and more.

- Jan 10, 2017

Former DFA label manager Kris Petersen has organized an impressive compilation album to benefit relief efforts after the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland last December.

An avid fan of underground electronic music and DIY spaces, Petersen — "with the help of literal dozens of other talented folks" — has put together a 42-song double cassette titled Lives Through Magic. It features tracks by Owen Pallett, Caribou's Dan Snaith under his Daphni moniker, Gobby, Pantha Du PrinceRóisín Murphy, YACHT, and more.

All proceeds (less physical production costs and shipping) will be split between the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, which is an Oakland-based non-profit that's set up a "fire relief, recovery, and resiliency fund," and the Trans Assistance Project, a program that helps trans people with their legal and medical needs.


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"This compilation has been birthed due to a tragic event," Petersen writes on the compilation's Bandcamp, "but I do not want the compilation to be a souvenir of a tragedy. I am instead aiming for a positive document of the beauty that exists in the minds, bodies, and spirits of our small, but global community. Many of the folks contributing have all played in, lived in, and truly loved DIY spaces like Ghost Ship." As DIY culture comes under new scrutiny, both by police and trolls, this kind of document feels very, very necessary.

Lives Through Magic will begin shipping January 31, available as a double cassette (or a custom, limited edition lathe cut single of whichever song you choose). Thirteen tracks, including the Owen Pallett-Daphni collaboration, are available to preview now. Listen above and preorder here.


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