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The ‘Love Oakland’ Compilation Benefits Those Affected By The Ghost Ship Fire

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Artwork by John Felix Arnold III

This month marks one year since 36 people tragically lost their lives in a fire at the Oakland arts space known as Ghost Ship. Now, you can help support The Oakland Family Fund with a new compilation album called Love Oakland. The Oakland Family Fund uses funds to help those directly affected by the disaster, and they also provide upgrades to the safety facilities (including smoke alarm systems and fire extinguishers) of existing warehouses and DIY spaces.

Love Oakland features artists including King Khan, John Dwyer’s synth-heavy Damaged Bug, Tony Molina (of Dystrophy), Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian of The Locust with Nick Zinner of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (collaborating as Planet B), as well as Bay Area artists connected to the DIY scene like Nopes, Naked Lights, Scraper, and New Faultlines.

The album is the brainchild of Loose Grip Records founder Edwin Taylor. In a statement provided to Culture Creature, Taylor said, “I wanted Love Oakland to be really special. The community in Oakland welcomed me when I moved there and I wanted to give back. One of the first people I met when I moved to Oakland was Ara Jo; she passed in the fire. I was able to get a recording of her band HGS and get it onto the record. Being able to do that made me really happy. … Without the help of so many people there is no way this record would have happened.”

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