Why? Sells Records and More for Japan Relief

Mar 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Josiah Wolf — the son of a Cincinnati rabbi who helped form the experimental Indie Rock/Hip Hop group Why? with his brother Yoni in the Bay Area but currently resides in Xenia — and his bandmates are doing their part to help disaster relief efforts in Japan. The group has launched a special eBay auction of rare Why? releases and other goodies, as well as hard-to-find vinyl by affiliated projects like cLOUDDEAD and Hymie’s Basement. All proceeds will be donated to HandsOn Tokyo, which is doing a lot of boots-on-the-ground work for survivors of the recent hurricane and tsunami in Japan.


Among the items up for bidding (all signed by Why? members) are several vinyl “test pressings” (reference recordings to test out before the final pressing), original artwork and handwritten, original lyric sheets and recording notes.

The band is also expanding its “Golden Ticket” contest, a monthly happening whereby one lucky shopper on the band’s merch site wins an original song written by Yoni about the winner and produced by Josiah (the songs will be compiled as a 12-track “album” at the end of the year).

This month, the opportunity to win your own theme song from Why? is being auctioned off on the eBay site and proceeds also go to HandsOn Tokyo. The bid is already at $510 (auction ends next Wednesday). To put your bid in for the one-of-a-kind tune and the other items, visit Josiah's eBay page here.

Below is a video of Yoni (recorded in lovely Mason, Ohio) explaining the auction and also announcing some solo tour dates (he performs a hometown gig April 9 at The Monastery in Walnut Hills; tickets available here).