Various websites report that “Everybody Hurts,” the charity single put together by Simon Cowell for Haiti relief, is coming along nicely and will be released on February 7th. As we indicated in this story, proceeds from the single will go to two efforts: the Helping Haiti fund and the official Disasters Emergency Committee. Your help will be greatly appreciated, so please stay tuned for more information about the release.

And speaking of efforts to assist Haiti, last week, Michael introduced Patti Smith at the first of the City Winery’s series of Haiti benefit concerts. The evening featured an all-star lineup of The Swell Season, The Antlers, John Wesley Harding, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Yo La Tengo, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Tiempo Libre and Joshua Bell. Michael read the piece featured below in the youtube clip about Gertrude Stein and introduced his friend Patti Smith:

(More at Brooklynvegan)

Thanks to murmurs.com for tipping us off to this nice video of Peter and Joseph Arthur playing “In The Sun” at Mississippi Studios in Portland (Jan. 17th):


*BBC.com has written an interesting article about the meaning and emotional resonance of Everybody Hurts.

*Check out the haunting version of “Losing My Religion” by Joshua James at Daytrotter.com.

*Allaboutjazz.com‘s article about the Reckoning Deluxe Edition reminds us of how impressive that package is.

As usual, this week’s Flagpole is full of great Athens happenings:

A new movie directed by UGA graduate Scott Teems and featuring original songs by Patterson Hood:

That Evening Sun

A rockshow Friday night with great bands and friends:

Flash To Bang Time/Magnapop/Supercluster at the Melting Point

The many studios around Athens, many in which our guys have recorded over the years:

Studios in Athens