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Spare the Rock to release SCIENCE FAIR benefit album on July 3…

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In all the pre-and-post baby commotion over the past month, there’s a lot of stuff that I’ve missed. One such bit of news is the July 3 release of SCIENCE FAIR, a compilation of 18 exclusive tracks crafted to benefit science and engineering education for girls. This album features a ton of popular names in the family music world and beyond, and will be released on Spare the Rock Records. The first video from the album, MATES OF STATE performing ”I Am A Scientist” can be viewed at Paste. Check out more details below…

sfaircoverFrom the Official Press Release: Extensive research shows that girls, from rural areas to the suburbs to the inner cities, aren’t getting the foundational education they need to get into science fields when they grow up. The same research shows that girls are persistently given the message — explicitly or implicitly — that they can’t do science. As women are significantly underrepresented in science-related fields, Science Fair will be part of changing that, both through the message of the record itself and through the financial contributions it will generate, supporting programs that improve girls’ science education.

Science Fair is the second release from Spare the Rock Records. In 2010, in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the label released Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti, a benefit for the Haitian People’s Support Project. Many Hands brought together nearly two dozen artists, including Dan Zanes, Pete Seeger, They Might Be Giants, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jonathan Coulton, Lunch Money, and many more. Many Hands, was named the best family music release of 2010 by Amazon and other sources, and has raised $50,000 for Haitian relief.

Science Fair is co-produced by Elizabeth Mitchell, Molly Ledford (Lunch Money), Dean Jones (Dog on Fleas), and Bill Childs (owner of Spare the Rock Records). Cover art was donated by El Lohse (http://artbyel.com). Songs cover myriad subjects, from Marie Curie to butterflies to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

As with Many Hands, net proceeds will be donated, with Girls Inc.’s science education program the beneficiary. The release will be available in physical form (distributed by E1) and digitally (at all the usual places).


1. Babe the Blue Ox – Surfin’ Minnesota

2. Moona Luna – H2O

3. The Deedle Deedle Dees and IMPACT Repertory Theatre – Time Machine

4. Frances England – Goldilocks Zone

5. The Nields – Butterfly Zone

6. Laura Veirs – Little Black Rock

7. Elizabeth Mitchell – Phytoplankton

8. Mates of State – I Am a Scientist

9. Wunmi – Rainbow

10. Cat & a Bird – Constellation Bound

11. Lunch Money – To Be a Fossil

12. MC Fireworks (with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo) – Rocket Science

13. Renee & Jeremy – (I Wanna Be Like) Madame Curie

14. Rachel Loshak – Oh Girl

15. Alison Faith Levy & Rudy Trubitt – Deja Vu

16. Lori Henriques – Heisenberg’s Aha!

17. Barbara Brousal – I Wonder

18. Ashley Albert – The Science Fair

For more, check out http://sparetherock.com

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