The Longest Day: Benefit Album For Alzheimer’s Association


The Longest Day album cover

As part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s yearly fundraiser, The Longest Day, Mon Amie Records announces a benefit album to be released on CD, vinyl, and digitally with 100% of profits going to the organization. The album will be released on June 19th and features previously unreleased material from Anna Calvi, Moby, Algiers, Daniel Avery, Sad13, Cold Specks, Rhys Chatham, Rituals of Mine, M83 alumni J. Laser, and Wolfmanhattan Project (comprised of legends Mick Collins, Kid Congo Powers, and Bob Bert). It is also the first time the Extended Mix of New Order’s “Nothing But A Fool” will be released on vinyl. Hayden Thorpe and Jon Hopkins’ haunting cover of “Goodbye Horses” was originally released in 2013 but hasn’t been available for over 5 years. See below for the full track listing.

The compilation is now available for pre-order, and those who order a physical format will have the option to include a name of a loved one affected by dementia in the liner notes.

The artwork features photographs by acclaimed photographer Ebru Yildiz, who documented her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s.

Currently every 65 seconds, someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s or a form of dementia. At the current rate, 1 in 4 people will develop the disease, and this rate is increasing at an alarming rate. It is currently the 6th leading cause of death in the US and the #1 cause of death in England.

The disease doesn’t just affect those who are diagnosed. Caregivers provide over 18.6 billion hours, valued at $244 billion in unpaid care. The physical and emotional stress on caregivers is so severe that they are reported to die at a 63% higher rate than people the same age who are not caring for someone with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the #1 resource for anyone dealing with dementia. They offer care and support for all those facing the disease, including a 24/7 free help line, referrals, and support groups. They are currently investing $185 Million toward treatment, prevention and a cure. They also speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s via government advocacy.

Mon Amie Records is a one-woman operation out of Brooklyn, NY. Founded in 2010 by Mona Dehghan who utilizes her experience from working at major indie labels Sub Pop, Domino and Mute to release personal passion projects. Her most notable releases so far include two reissues of Q Lazzarus’s “Goodbye Horses.” Mona’s father was diagnosed with dementia in February of 2019, and her grandmother passed from the disease in 1998.

Having been closely affected by the disease twice, she’s using her skillset to raise funds and create awareness in the hopes of not facing this devastating disease a third time. Also, research suggests that listening to music can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s patients because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease. Studies also show music helps decrease anxiety in those living with dementia.

Anna Calvi – Adélaïde
Rituals of Mine – The Only Way Out Is Through
Daniel Avery – JXJ
Cold Specks – Turn To Stone
TR/ST – Destroyer
Shadowparty – Marigold
Beach Slang – Under the Milky Way
New Order – Nothing But A Fool (Extended Mix 2)
HAAi – Drumting
J. Laser – Dreamphone
Sad13 – Who Goes There
Algiers – There Is No Year (Remix)
Astronauts, Etc. – The Border
Wolfmanhattan Project – Friday the 13th
Hayden Thorpe & Jon Hopkins – Goodbye Horses
Moby – In Between Violence
Rhys Chatham – For Bob – In Memory (2014) for flute orchestra. Rhys Chatham: bass, alto and C flutes.