Madonna, Bono, Sting, English Beat and Justin Timberlake are not the only musicians dedicated to helping the people of Haiti during this time of tragedy, where aide is needed more than ever. Drummer of ska/punk staples Less Than Jake and owner of Paper + Plastick Records, Vinnie Fiorello has teamed up with heavyweight punk site Punknews.org to set up an auction of rare vinyl test-pressings and collectors items on www.LimitedPressing.com, of which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Doctors Without Borders organization (www.doctorswithoutborders.org).
“The devastation in Haiti moved me,” says the Gainesville, FL based musician and entrepreneur. “I was thinking about what I could do, and then I saw a tweet from Justin [August] of Punknews about wanting to help. The guys who run Punknews’ Vinyl Vlog put us in contact with LimitedPressing.com, and here we are.”
“When I saw the images trickling in from Haiti, I had the same crippling sadness creeping over me as I had in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans,” adds Punknews Social Media Editor Justin August. “What good is a position at a website like Punknews, with its vast reach if you don’t use it for some sort of greater good?”
Of the rare items to be auctioned for the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort will be test pressings from Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory, Gym Class Heroes, Panic! At The Disco, The Gaslight Anthem, Thursday, Phantom Planet, Lifetime, Hot Water Music, Less Than Jake, and more. Additional test pressings and rare collectors items such as a signed cymbal and drumhead by The Gaslight Anthem, a signed Against Me! poster from April 2009, and more will be added as the auction items are confirmed. A full list of auction items will be updated constantly and can be viewed here: http://limitedpressing.com/auctions.