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Jason Noble, formerly of the Louisville, Ky., bands Rodan, Shipping News, and Rachel’s, died Saturday morning in Bethesda, Md. Struggling with a rare form of cancer for three years, Noble succumbed to cardiac arrest at the National Institutes of Health. He was 40 years old.
To help with Noble’s family’s medical expenses, local musician Gordon Withers put together a compilation, In Pleasant Company: A Mixtape For Jason. Its limited run of 200 cassette-only copies is already sold out, but it’s still available digitally on Bandcamp for $10 or more. Another benefit compilation featuring all Louisville bands is planned for a fall release on Bandcamp.
In Pleasant Company includes tracks from Tone, Beauty Pill, True Womanhood, Withers, Small Brown Bike, J. Robbins (in an alternate take of Jawbox‘s “Desert Sea”), and many more. Here’s what Withers says about the comp on its Bandcamp page:
Jason Noble was a pioneering force in the independent music scene. He was involved in many groundbreaking projects over the years, helping forge not just one, but two genres: post-rock (with Rodan and Shipping News), and avant/indie-classical (with Rachel’s). In 2009, Jason was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, and went through several rounds of treatments. Jason and his wife have health insurance, but as with any major medical expense, they need all the extra help they can get … The concept of a mixtape resonates with many of Jason’s admirers and long-time fans—-it is the format by which many of us were introduced to his music, and his songs have occupied special places on countless lovingly-crafted mixtapes over the years. Putting together a new mixtape for Jason seemed like the perfect tribute.
Preview the compilation below, and purchase it here.
Photo via caringbridge.org.