If you don’t have a loved one in your life who is or was suffering from Alzheimer’s or a form of dementia, unfortunately, you probably will soon. The rate at which people develop this horrible disease is staggering. And for those of us who are caring or have cared for a family member or friend living with dementia, it’s undeniable that the disease not only drastically affects the patient but also the caregivers.
One such caregiver is Mona Dehghan, Mute Records’ senior director of marketing and project management in North America. An industry veteran who’s also worked at Sub Pop and Domino, Dehghan watched her grandmother die from the disease in 1998 and is currently caring for her father, who was diagnosed a year and a half ago. Tomorrow, Dehghan is releasing Alzheimer’s Association benefit compilation The Longest Day on her Mon Amie label. The 17-track album features unreleased tracks from the likes of New Order, Moby, Anna Calvi, Algiers, Jon Hopkins, Beach Slang and Rhys Chatham. (Full tracklisting is below.)
“I wanted to do this compilation as a way to hopefully bring some visibility to the resources that the Alzheimer’s Association has to offer,” says Dehghan. “Their 24/7 hotline got me through all the crises and ordeals that followed after my father’s diagnosis. Because there is no cure and very little funding in research, I find doctors haven’t been very helpful as we navigate this disease, but the Alzheimer’s Association has helped me come up with solutions or quickly pointed me to helpful resources anytime I feel stumped or overwhelmed. I hope that I can raise some awareness on them so others in my position can get the support they need, and also I hope that with increased funding for research, we’ll someday be able to prevent or find a cure for dementia.”
MAGNET wants to help get the word out on The Longest Day, not just because it benefits a worthy cause that’s close to our hearts but also because the 17 artists featured not only contributed great tracks but also care about raising awareness about the disease and the Alzheimer’s Association as well. We’re proud today to premiere “Friday The 13th” by Wolfmanhattan Project, an NYC trio consisting of Kid Congo Powers (Gun Club, Cramps, Nick Cave), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs, Gories) and Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore).
Says Powers, “Having had several friends during the AIDS epidemic of the ’80s and ’90s go into dementia, and then my mother more recently, I am glad to use music to help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.”
So are we. Check out “Friday The 13th” today, and order The Longest Day, available digitally tomorrow and physically on double vinyl and CD in October. 100 percent of the profits will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, and if you place your order before or on July 7, you’ll have the option to include the name of a loved one affected by the disease in the liner notes.
The Longest Day
1) Anna Calvi “Adélaïde”
2) Rituals of Mine “The Only Way Out Is Through”
3) Daniel Avery “JXJ”
4) Cold Specks “Turn To Stone”
5) TR/ST “Destroyer”
6) Shadowparty “Marigold”
7) Beach Slang “Under The Milky Way”
8) New Order “Nothing But A Fool (Extended Mix 2)”
9) HAAi “Drumting”
10) J. Laser “Dreamphone”
11) Sad13 “Who Goes There”
12) Algiers “There Is No Year (Remix)”
13) Astronauts, Etc. “The Border”
14) Wolfmanhattan Project “Friday The 13th”
15) Hayden Thorpe & Jon Hopkins “Goodbye Horses”
16) Moby “In Between Violence”
17) Rhys Chatham “For Bob, In Memory (2014) For Flute Orchestra”