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    Over the course of six months, the Louisville-based music firm Crash Avenue has been releasing timely compilation albums featuring a broad array of artists each month. For their sixth issue, and final comp for the year, the firm will donate all proceeds made from the release to the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation.

    Andy Kotowicz was the vice president of Sub Pop Records sales and marketing, and whom recently died back in October from injuries by a car accident earlier that month. Loved by his clients, Andy was a passionate and dedicated guy who felt a strong confidence for his bands, allowing them total creative freedom.

    Here is the official statement from Crash Avenue about the album:

    "We were greatly saddened by the untimely passing of Sub Pop's Andy Kotowicz. Yet, I think I can speak for all of us when we say we're also inspired by the heroism of Seattle business owner Kenny Johnson, who raced to the scene to save Andy's young daughter, and made a valiant effort to save Andy as well. While we only knew Andy for a brief moment, we can say without hesitation that the gang at Sub Pop are some of the most down-to-earth, awesome people to work with - all the more remarkable when considering the size and influence of the label.

    After five compilations showcasing some of our favorite discoveries (as well as friends' musical endeavors) and ripping on our blog friends a bit with love and reverence, the Crash Avenue Comp Series has quickly become an exciting monthly program, and as such, it seems only right that we use what we've built here to help Andy's family. Starting with our December release, you can download the full compilation with a Radiohead name-your-own-price structure, with all proceeds going to the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation. "

    Issue 6, suitably titled for the holidays as I Guess I'm Bloating, features Louisville artist and Crash Avenue staple Cheyenne Marie Mize in a home recorded cover of PJ Harvey's "Down by the Water." Also featured this month are Boston-based group Young Minds, Emily Reo performing a Neil Young cover, and several other fuzzy, laid back tunes to trim your tree to. In spirit of the giving season, I encourage anybody to digitally purchase this record. In doing so, you will not only be supporting the Kotowicz family, but also Crash Avenue and all of the talented artists they represent. Stream the entire compilation for free here, and continue to keep your eyes/ears open for more upcoming monthly releases.

    Photo: Courtesy of Crash Avenue

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