Last month, we mentioned a new tribute compilation of Los Angeles bands today covering their L.A. influences. Titled Beat LA, the punk-leaning album features city upstarts like No Age and Crystal Antlers digging deep into L.A.’s musical history to cover bands both obvious (The Doors, Minutemen) and less so (Thelonious Monster, 20/20). It’s out today and you can stream the whole thing below.
The project began three years ago as a heartfelt city tribute. Toddrick Spelling, the executive producer, described it initially as simply “an ode to the city I was born in and grew up in. An idea to celebrate this city and its unique musical history — a history that shaped our life, our world view, and who we are.”
When he heard about the Haitian earthquake last year, though, the project took on a new angle: a charity benefit. All proceeds from Beat LA go to Doctors without Borders to help the victims of the devastation in Haiti. Stream it below, then pick it up on iTunes or Amazon.